Across North Carolina, our waters add excitement to any trip. Contrary to its name, the New River is one of the oldest in the world. Its calm mountain waters make for leisurely canoeing and wildlife viewing. Farther south, the Nantahala River is a great spot for whitewater rafting. Lake Lure is a popular place for boating in the foothills, while Lake Norman offers water sports of all kinds near Charlotte. If fishing is your game, you'll be hooked by statewide trout streams and redfishing on the Neuse River.