Outpost Directions

Spread across 4 Southeastern States, NOC operates trips on 7 different rivers and each of our rivers has a dedicated outpost. With our rivers set to the backdrops of stunning mountain views, the roads leading to the outposts are winding mountain roads. Please schedule extra drive time and double-check your route before your beginning your trip. Call us anytime and we can help you find the shortest distance, confirm your trip and send you in the right direction towards your rafting and outdoor adventures. 

 

Nantahala River

Phone

828.366.7502

Directions

From Asheville, NC Take I-40 West towards Knoxville, TN. Take exit 27 onto US 74 West towards Waynesville. Stay on 74 West, the outpost is 50 miles down this road. 8 miles past Bryson City, the 4-lane will split into two 2-lane roads. Stay on 74, the left lane. You will enter the Nantahala Gorge and after 5-miles you see the Nantahala River and NOC's Nantahala Outpost.

From Gatlinburg, TN Take 441 South through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and through Cherokee. Just past Cherokee, get on 74 West. After 15 miles, the road will split into two 2-lane roads. Stay on 74 W, the left lane, and continue the 5-milts to the NOC Nantahala Outpost.

From East Atlanta Take I-85 North to I-985 North. At Gainesville, take 365 North to 441 North. Just past Dillsboro, NC, 441 merges with US 74. 8 miles past Bryson City, the 4-lane splits into two 2-lane roads. Stay on 74, the left lane. Continue 5-miles and arrive at the NOC Nantahala Outpost.

From West Atlanta Take I-75 North to I-575 North. I-575 becomes State Hwy 5, and then Hwy 76. Stay on this road until Blue Ridge, GA where you turn left onto Hwy 60 towards Mineral Bluff, GA. In Mineral Bluff, turn right onto Hwy 60 Spur. Follow it into North Carolina to US 74 East, turning right towards Murphy and Andrews when the road ends. Stay on 74 East, NOC's Nantahala Outpost is 20-miles past Andrews. You will follow the Nantahala River for the last 8-miles.

From Chattanooga, TN Take I-75 North towards Cleveland, TN. Take the 1st Cleveland exit, the US 64 Bypass Exit. Go 6-miles and take the Ocoee Exit onto US 64 East towards Murphy, NC. In Murphy the road number changes to US 74. Stay on 74 East, NOC's Nantahala Outpost is 20-miles past Andrews. You will follow the Nantahala River for the last 8-miles.

Ocoee River

Phone

423.338.5901

Directions

From Asheville, NC Drive into TN on US 64 West (from Murphy, NC). Pass the Ocoee River and continue 12-miles past Lake Ocoee, rural farmland and the Lower Ocoee River. 1.5 miles past the Lower Ocoee River Bridge, turn left onto Old Federal Road (look for NOC signs at this turn). Drive 1-mile and take a left onto Sloans Gap Road (gravel road). Drive another 1.6-miles and turn right onto Hawkins Drive (gravel road). This road ends at NOC's Ocoee Outpost. Follow the signs to check-in.

From East Atlanta Take I-75 N. Just past Cartersville, take Exit 293 onto US 441 North. 9-miles past the GA/TN state line, turn East onto US 64 toward Murphy, NC. After 1.5 miles turn right on Old Federal Road (look for NOC signs at this turn). Travel 1-mile and take a left onto Sloans Gap Road (gravel road). Drive for 1.6 miles and take a right onto Hawkins Drive (gravel road). This road ends at the NOC Ocoee Outpost. Follow the signs to check-in. **Please allow for extra drive time due to construction.

From West Atlanta Take I-75 N. Just past Cartersville, take Exit 293 onto US 441 North. 9-miles past the GA/TN state line, turn East onto US 64 toward Murphy, NC. After 1.5 miles turn right on Old Federal Road (look for NOC signs at this turn). Travel 1-mile and take a left onto Sloans Gap Road (gravel road). Drive for 1.6 miles and take a right onto Hawkins Drive (gravel road). This road ends at the NOC Ocoee Outpost. Follow the signs to check-in. **Please allow for extra drive time due to construction.

From Chattanooga, TN Take I-75 North towards Knoxville, TN. About 22 miles from Chattanooga take the first Cleveland, exit 20, onto US 64 Bypass East. Drive 6 miles. Take the Ocoee exit for 64 East towards Ocoee/Murphy. Continue for 9-miles and turn right onto Old Federal Road (1.5 miles past the junction of US 64 and US 411). Look for NOC signage at this turn. Travel 1-mile and take a left on Sloans Gap Road (gravel road). Drive 1.6 miles and take a right onto Hawkins Drive (gravel road). This road ends at NOC's Ocoee Outpost. Follow the signs to check-in. **Please allow for extra drive time due to construction.

From Knoxville, TN Take I-75 South towards Chattanooga. Take the second Cleveland exit, exit 25. Drive through Cleveland and after 5 traffic lights, the roads turns into a freeway. Take Ocoee exit for 64 East towards Ocoee/Murphy. Continue for 9-miles and turn right onto Old Federal Road (1.5 miles past the junction of US 64 and US 411). Look for NOC signage at this turn. Travel 1-mile and take a left on Sloans Gap Road (gravel road). Drive 1.6 miles and take a right onto Hawkins Drive (gravel road). This road ends at NOC's Ocoee Outpost. Follow the signs to check-in. **Please allow for extra drive time due to construction.

From Highlands, NC Drive into TN on US 64 West (from Murphy, NC). Pass the Ocoee River and continue 12-miles past Lake Ocoee, rural farmland and the Lower Ocoee River. 1.5 miles past the Lower Ocoee River Bridge, turn left onto Old Federal Road (look for NOC signs at this turn). Drive 1-mile and take a left onto Sloans Gap Road (gravel road). Drive another 1.6-miles and turn right onto Hawkins Drive (gravel road). This road ends at NOC's Ocoee Outpost. Follow the signs to check-in. **Please allow for extra drive time due to construction.

Chattooga River

Phone

864.647.9014

Directions

From East Atlanta Take I-85 North to I-985 North. Near Gainesville, take 365 North to US 441 North into Clayton, GA. Turn right onto US 76 East, and after eight miles you will cross the Chattooga River and cross into South Carolina. Continue 2.1 miles, and turn left onto Chattooga Ridge Road. NOC's Chattooga meeting place is 2.6 miles on the right.

From West Atlanta Take I-85 North to I-985 North. Near Gainesville, take 365 North to US 441 North into Clayton, GA. Turn right onto US 76 East, and after eight miles you will cross the Chattooga River and cross into South Carolina. Continue 2.1 miles, and turn left onto Chattooga Ridge Road. NOC's Chattooga meeting place is 2.6 miles on the right.

From Greenville, SC Look for the Clemson Hwy 76 West exit off I-85 South. Follow it to Clemson and turn left onto Hwy 76/123. Stay on 76/123 towards Seneca and then Westminster, SC. Then follow directions from Westminster.

From Highlands, NC Take Hwy 106 West (towards Dillard, GA) to US 441, about 14 miles. Turn left onto US 441 South towards Clayton, GA, approximately seven miles. Then follow directions from Clayton, GA below.

From Clayton, GA Turn onto US 76 EAST at the Walgreen's Pharmacy (across the street from McDonald's). After eight miles you will cross the Chattooga River, into South Carolina. Continue 2.1 miles and turn left onto Chattooga Ridge Road. NOC's Chattooga meeting place is 2.6 miles on the right.

From Westminster, SC Take US 76 West towards Clayton, GA. Go 15.7 miles and turn right onto Chattooga Ridge Road, at the sign for Oconee State Park. If you cross the SC/GA state line, you missed your turn. NOC's Chattooga meeting place is on the right, 2.6 miles after the turn.

Pigeon River

Phone

423.487.0668

Directions

From Asheville, NC Take I-40 West towards Knoxville. Eight miles after the NC/TN state line, take Exit 447 (Hartford Rd). At the bottom of the ramp, turn left and go under I-40. Then turn right onto Hartford Rd. Drive 1/4 mile and turn left at the NOC sign, just as the road starts to bend left. Follow the gravel driveway to our Pigeon River Outpost. Welcome!

From Gatlinburg, TN Take Hwy 321 North to Cosby (light #3 in Gatlinburg). At stop sign in Cosby, make the left turn to stay on 321 (this is a T intersection). Continue on 321 until you reach I-40. Take I-40 East towards Asheville, then take Exit 447 (Hartford Rd). If you pass the TN/NC state line, you've missed the exit. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto Hartford Rd. Drive 1/4 mile and turn left at the NOC sign, just as the road starts to bend left. Follow the gravel driveway to our Pigeon River Outpost. Welcome!

From Knoxville, TN Follow I-40 East towards Asheville, then take Exit 447 (Hartford Rd). If you pass the TN/NC state line, you've missed the exit. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto Hartford Rd. Drive 1/4 mile and turn left at the NOC sign, just as the road starts to bend left. Follow the gravel driveway to our Pigeon River Outpost. Welcome!

French Broad River

Phone

828.649.9480

Directions

From Asheville, NC From I-240 take Exit 4A onto US 19/23 North. Drive nine miles, then take exit 19A onto Hwy 25/70 toward Marshall, NC. After 8.5 miles, the road changes from four lanes to two. Continue another 6.5 miles and you will see the NOC buildings on the left. The parking lot entrance is at the top of the hill. Please note: Hwy 25/70 is a scenic byway and signage is limited. If you pass the red Walnut VFD building, you've gone too far.

From Johnson City Take I-26 East from Johnson City, TN. At Mars Hill, NC, take exit 11 onto Hwy 213. Follow Hwy 213 for approximately eight miles until you reach the junction with Hwy 25/70. Turn right onto 25/70 towards Hot Springs, NC. AB Tech College will be on your right. After about five miles, NOC will be on your left. The parking lot entrance is at the top of the hill. Please note: Hwy 25/70 is a scenic byway and signage is limited. If you pass the red Walnut VFD building, you've gone too far.

From Knoxville, TN Take Hwy 25/70 South from Newport, TN through Hot Springs, NC. Our meeting place is on Hwy 25/70, approximately 11 miles past Hot Springs. The parking lot entrance is on the right, 0.9 miles past the Walnut, NC turn-off sign. Watch closely! The entrance can be difficult to see traveling from the west.

Nolichucky River

Phone

423.743.7400

Directions

From Asheville, NC From I-240, take exit 19/23N (Future I-26 West) toward Johnson City, TN. Cross into Tennessee. Just before Erwin, take Exit 40 (Old Exit 15), Jackson-Love Hwy. Go to the stop sign, turn right and then right again in front of Riverview Baptist Church. Go 0.7 miles to turn left onto River Road. At the next stop sign, turn left onto Chestoa Road. Immediately after crossing the river, turn right onto Jones Branch Road and follow it for 1.2 miles. Make a sharp right, and go past another company's property to reach our NOC Nolichucky meeting place.

From Johnson City Take I-26 E. Just beyond Erwin, TN take Exit 40 (Old Exit 15), the Jackson-Love Hwy. Go to the stop sign, turn left and then turn right in front of Riverview Baptist Church. Go 0.7 miles to turn left onto River Road. At the next stop sign, turn left onto Chestoa Road. Immediately after crossing the river, turn right onto Jones Branch Road and follow it for 1.2 miles. Make a sharp right, and go past another company's property to reach our NOC Nolichucky meeting place.

From Knoxville, TN Take I-40 East to I-81 North. Take I-81 North to I-26 East. Just beyond Erwin, TN take Exit 40 (Old Exit 15), Jackson-Love Hwy. Go to the stop sign, turn left and then turn right in front of Riverview Baptist Church. Go 0.7 miles to turn left onto River Road. At the next stop sign, turn left onto Chestoa Road. Immediately after crossing the river, turn right onto Jones Branch Road and follow it for 1.2 miles. Make a sharp right, and go past another company's property to reach our NOC Nolichucky meeting place.

Cheoah River

Phone

828.366.7502

Directions

From Asheville, NC Take I-40 W toward Knoxville, TN. Take Exit 27 onto US 74 W (Great Smoky Mountains Expressway) toward Waynesville/Clyde and Bryson City. Approximately 8 miles west of Bryson City, take a right on 28 N. Go approximately 11 ½ miles to Hwy 143. Take a left onto 143 and follow it to Robbinsville, NC. Take a right at the 2nd stop light onto 129 N. Continue on for 15.2 miles. After crossing over the Cheoah River, take your immediate left and to enter the Historic Topoco Lodge.

From East Atlanta Take I-85 N to I-985 N. At Gainesville, GA take 365 N to 441 N. In Franklin, you will need to make a turn to stay on 441 N. Watch for signs. Near Dillsboro, NC Hwy 441 will funnel into US 74. Take 74 W toward Bryson City. After 22 miles on US 74 (you will pass Bryson City), take a right on 28 N. Go approximately 11 ½ miles to Hwy 143. Take a left onto 143 and follow it to Robbinsville, NC. Take a right at the 2nd stop light onto 129 N. Continue on for 15.2 miles. After crossing over the Cheoah River, take your immediate left and to enter the Historic Topoco Lodge.

From West Atlanta Take I-75 N to I-575 N which becomes State Hwy 5 which in turn becomes U.S. Hwy 76. Stay with this road until just past Blue Ridge, GA, and then turn left onto Hwy 60 to Mineral Bluff, GA. In Mineral Bluff, turn right onto Hwy 60 Spur and follow it into North Carolina to US 74 E, turning right toward Murphy and Andrews. Approximately 10 miles east of Andrews, NC, take a left on 129 N to Robbinsville, NC. Follow 129 N through town and continue for 15.2 miles. After crossing over the Cheoah River, take your immediate left and to enter the Historic Topoco Lodge.

From Chattanooga, TN Take I-75 N toward Cleveland, TN. Take the first Cleveland exit (#20) onto US 64 Bypass East. Go 6 miles; take Ocoee Exit US 64 E towards Ocoee/Murphy, NC. At Murphy the road number changes to US 74. Stay on US 74 E. Approximately 10 miles east of Andrews, NC; take a left on 129 N to Robbinsville, NC. Follow 129 N through town and continue for 15.2 miles. After crossing over the Cheoah River, take your immediate left and to enter the Historic Topoco Lodge.

From Knoxville, TN Take 129 South for 56 miles. This is a "wicked curvy" road, so drive carefully and allow extra driving time. You will enter North Carolina at Deal's Gap. After passing the Deal's Gap Motorcycle Resort, continue 2.6 before turning right into the Historic Topoco Lodge parking area after crossing over the lake with a view of the Cheoah Dam. If you cross over the river, you have gone too far.

Train Depot

Phone

828.366.7502

Directions

Outfitter's Store

Phone

828.488.7230

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NOC Gatlinburg Store

Phone

865.277.8209

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NOC Asheville Store

Phone

828.251.1615

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