The Cherokee Indians referred to this gorge as the “Canyon of the Noon-Day-Sun.” Meaning that the sun only shines across the entire floor of the gorge during the noon-hour, because the george wall are steep and tall. The rest of the day there a long shadows along its length on either side of the gorge.
The upper Nantahala River is narrow and rocky making it ideal for fly fishing, while the lower part is wider and flows better making it one of the premier whitewater rafting and kayaking area in the United States. The river is stocked with trout which requires a NC fishing license to fish. check the local forestry for more information.
The drive through the gorge is an adventure in itself with the views becoming even better in the winter months.