Jet Boat Rides and Guided Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina
Summer is winding down but the weather is awesome and a Smoky Mountain Jetboat Ride is the perfect thing to do! Call for reservations now – we also may be able to take walk-ins so stop by our office on Hwy 74 west of Bryson City – just past mile marker 59. Our thrilling 40 minute rides on scenic Lake Fontana, as well as combination trips (hike, picnic, swim and boat ride) encompass everything that’s great about Western North Carolina. Rides are on the hour – starting at 11 am. Suitable for all ages, great for families. Like a jet ski, but on a much larger scale and driven by a professional who “spins” the boat 180 degrees. Highlights are spectacular mountain views and getting splashed! CALL 888-900-9091 FOR INFO AND RESERVATIONS. Great swimming area nearby. And DON’T always believe the weather reports – there is only a slight chance that we ever have to cancel rides! The New Adventure in the Park has been a great hit – people are loving it!
Our combination trips feature a choice of hike lengths (45-minute, 1.5 hours and extreme hike of 6-8 hours ). All include round-trip transportation from our office, guided hike, lunch, snacks, refreshments, time for swimming in the lake and then the thrilling jet boat ride tops off the adventure.
The “Forney Creek Hike ”
We take you out to the end of the Road to Nowhere and hike through a tunnel (which is way cool!). Through the beautiful forest we walk for about an hour and a half, ending up at picturesque Forney Creek and Lake Fontana. Lunch, snacks and refreshments are provided and time for a swim (the water’s perfect temperature – about 75 degrees). The thrilling jet boat ride tops off the adventure. Allow four hours total time. Trip normally starts at 10 am and you are done by 2 pm. We need reservations at least the day before.
Goldmine Loop – Same logistics as the Forney Creek combo but a shorter 45-minute walk, taking you by the remains of an old homestead and then to the lake for lunch and a swim before the jet boat picks us up for the exciting ride across the lake.
NEW! ADVENTURE IN THE PARK! -
What about a combo without the hike? Ride the jetboat to beautiful Forney Creek in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Time for a brief walk and swim. Drink and snack included. Allow 2 hours. $60 for adults, children (12 and under) $50, and Seniors (60+) and Groups (10+) $55 per person.
Custom Trip to Fontana Dam
Ride the Jetboat all the way to Fontana Dam. Luckily the Captain knows the way across this 10,000-acre lake! Drink, snack, and time for a quick swim included. $450 (boat holds 10 people) 8:30 am to 10:30 am.
Extreme Combo Hike and Jetboat Ride
What an adventure and achievement! Guided hike from Clingman’s Dome (over 6,400 ft.) to Lake Fontana – 6-8 hours walking through the five types of forest. Lunch, snacks, refreshments and time for a swim before the thrilling jet boat ride and return transportation to the office.
Groups – have a group? Family, church groups, camp, social groups, motorbike clubs, car club or any other organization. We can customize trips and add features like picnic lunches, cakes, and more! Whatever occasion (birthday, anniversary, honeymoon) – we can make it SPECIAL!
There are many Outdoor Activites in the Area: Jetboat Rides, hiking trails, mountain bike trails, train rides, whitewater rafting, ducky trips, kayak instruction, flyfishing, birding, swimming, gem mining, trout ponds, scenic waterfalls and drives.
We are located close to Bryson City, The Great Smoky Mountain National Park (Great Smokies), Lake Fontana, Fontana Dam, Nantahala Gorge/River, NOC (Nantahala Outdoor Center), Great Smoky Mountain Scenic Railway, the Tail of the Dragon, Stecoah Valley, Sylva, Franklin, Asheville, Cherokee, Harrahs Casino, Maggie Valley, Waynesville, The Blue Ridge Parkway and Biltmore Estate.
Take a day trip or stay the night from Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Dollywood, Maggie Valley, Knoxville, Atlanta or Charlotte.
There are plenty of fantastic cabins, hotels and campgounds for your accommodation needs along with restaurants for your gastronomical needs.
You will find it so much fun that you want to own a jet boat – check out Smoky Mountain Jetboat Building LLC.
Quotes From Last Summer -
“It was a blast, so cooooooool….”
“Tops everything I’ve done in North Carolina”
“Great time, fantastic view, great memories!”
“If you did this in a car, you’d get arrested.”
“Incredible price for an incredible adventure.”
“Do the combination trip — it’s a must.”
“Thrilling, awesome, beautiful.”
“We can’t wait to do it again.”
“What a great thing for families with children of all ages.”