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Edge of the World Rafting & Climbing Tours located near Boone, North Carolina, offers a 5-star experience with special savings for military!

18 July 2022 by

Our family enjoyed a week-long vacation in Banner Elk, North Carolina just a six hour drive from the Hampton Roads, Virginia area.  We love to escape the Virginia heat every summer and visit the mountains. 

The Banner Elk area sits at around 3,700 feet where the average July temperature hovers around 75 degrees.  It is breathtaking!

Banner Elk and surrounding areas are loaded with outdoor activities from white water rafting to ziplining to hiking and biking.  It's an awesome place nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

One of our favorite activities that our family enjoyed recently in Banner Elk was white water rafting.  There are a couple different rafting companies to choose from.  I'm going to share with you why Edge of the World is simply the best! 

Edge of the World’s owners and professional guide team specialize in summer fun, making memories, and providing the Best White Water Rafting and Kayaking Value in the Carolinas.


We arrived at the Edge of the World facility along with around 50 other people to get fitted for our life jackets and hop on board the bus for the 45 minute drive to the river. 

The Edge of the World tour is known for it's comedy.  I honestly had no idea what we were in store for but this was certainly a highlight of our experience.

The entertainment was second to none.  It was non-stop laughs the entire bus ride.  With so much comedic material, I wondered do they do this on the bus ride back?  How can they top this?  And, they did!  

The owner of Edge of the World has been providing tours for many years. “Our family has been entertaining and delighting families for over 40 years,” says Jake Barrow. “I’m proud to continue our family hospitality tradition and we are honored to be a six-time earner of the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. We take care of the details so our guests can enjoy their experience. The entertainment begins with our G-Rated mobile comedy show. Aboard the buses, we entertain you right to the rafting site.”

What makes Edge of the World unique? 

It is definitely the fantastic tour guides, comedy show, food and ability to do re-runs on the class 3 rapids. If you are in the area and considering white water rafting, I highly recommend Edge of the World. 

I am a foodie and this was one of the best meals if not the best meal we had in Banner Elk our entire trip.  The sit down meal consisted of lemonade, homemade granola, seasoned breaded chicken followed by dessert.  It was really a memorable meal. 

After we ate, we were able to do re-runs on the class 3 rapids.  This is also unique to Edge of the World as they lease the land directly at the site of the class 3 rapids.  Therefore, they are the only white water rafting company that is able to do these re-runs.  This was huge and we also got some pretty awesome photos at this site from their photographer. 

Jake Barrow, the owner, takes pride in the fact that "Part of our family tradition is providing the best white water rafting value in North Carolina. This includes a delicious home-cooked lunch right from April’s kitchen.  We include Unlimited FREE rapids re-runs and exclusive access to the Rapid Pavilion for lunch and non-stop entertainment". 

Our white water rafting experience was definitely 5 stars!  Edge of the World is also proud to show their support for the military community as they receive many military visitors from Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina. 

Edge of the World also offers other experiences such as kayaking, rock climbing and rappelling. 


The Edge of the World team is proud to serve the military community!

In honor of military service, Edge of the World offers a 10% Military Discount off your entire group.

This military discount is available to Active Duty, National Guard, Reserves, Coast Guard, Retired and Veterans with Honorable Discharge. 


Edge of the World has earned the 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence  Award.  This is certainly due to the fun, entertainment and safety that they provide their guests. 


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