AAA Editor Notes
Nantahala Gorge is just n.e. of Topton on US 19. Cherokee Indians once referred to this gorge as the “Canyon of the Noon-Day Sun,” as the sun only shines on the bottom of the gorge during the noon hour. Eight miles long and 2,000 feet deep in some places, the Nantahala Gorge is part of the Mountain Waters National Scenic Byway and is covered by a natural rainforest. The Nantahala River winds through the gorge and is a popular spot for white-water rafting and kayaking.