Several Events take place in the Nantahala Gorge in September. The Nantahala Outdoor store and a release of excess water from a Dam are two events that take place in September.
Most rivers in the Rockies have hydroelectric plants. Some have several. During almost any road to the Dragon one will see not only Hydroelectic plants but water tubes and Water flumes. Rivers are diverted into tubes and flumes, then channeled into hydroelectric plants. These electric plants are not run continually. Electricity is only generated when needed. The water to these is stopped, thus terminating electric generation. There is a second reason they run the power plants, to allow kayakers to go down the rivers.
The Nantahala River is a whitewater river as it cascades through the Nantahala Gorge. The river is fed by two sources. There is the natural river and a hydroelectric plant flow. Located on the river is an the Nantahala Outdoor Store (NOC). The NOC is a re-supply store on the Appalation Trail. Every year the NOC has a Guest Appreciation Festival (GAF). The event is a swapmeet for Hiking and Kayaking Equipent.
The next two pictures is what the river looks like when the Hydroelectric plant is running.
Here is what the river looks like when the Hydroelectric plant is not running.
Wesser Falls is the only class V rapid (very difficult) on the Nantahala River. The remaining rapids are class III and less. The follow are pictures of Wesser Fall.
Rivers End Restaurant at the NOC.
View from the Rivers End.
A water release from an river dam is done on the natural section of the Nantahala River a few times a year. A release ocurrs in September. It brings out all the expert kayakers. The river transforms from a babbling brook to a suicidal river, check them out!
If you are visiting this area (Nantahala Gorge) and have the time, visit the Almond Trading Post. Located on Highway 19/74 near the eastern entrence to the Nantahala Gorge.