The Classic is a little over 4km in length and starts at “Surfing Rapid” and ends at the Founders Bridge at the “Nantahala Outdoor Center,” which is the same finish as the Sprint.There is 8km of easy whitewater above the Classic start allowing for multiple put-ins and plenty of warm-up opportunities.From the start at “Surfing Rapid”, racers will negotiate near continuous class 2 and 3 whitewater, thru rapids named “4 Eddy, Hall of Waves, Gorgarama, the Bump and Nantahala Falls” before finishing at the Nantahala Outdoor Center.The fastest times are expected to be approximately 13 minutes.Safety teams will be setup at all the significant rapids including Nantahala Falls.
The Sprint Course is 450m in length and starts above Nantahala Falls, the single most difficult rapid on the Nantahala River (class 3+). Multiple line options exist and there are plenty of spectator areas lining the banks. After Nantahala Falls there is continuous easy whitewater to the finish at the Founders Bridge in the middle of the Nantahala Outdoor Center campus. Fastest times will be approximately 90 seconds. There will be safety teams below Nantahala Falls.
The 2015 ICF Junior Wildwater World Championships will be hosted at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, located in the Nantahala Gorge, 13 miles outside of Bryson City.
Nantahala River: The majority of the Nantahala is cold, splashy class II whitewater. Nantahala Falls is the class 3 exception to that rule. The Nantahala’s most notable feature is its dam controlled, cold water, which is 45°F (7°C) year round. The river usually runs 7 days a week. The Nantahala is completely roadside along US HWY 19/74 . The US Forest Service maintains put-in and take-outs.
Facilities: Accommodations at the Nantahala Outdoor Center include lodging, restaurants, exercise room, boat storage, running and biking trails.