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NRC Glacier Breaker

February 28 - March 1, 2015

This community whitewater event includes slalom and downriver races and is fun for all ages and ability levels. Learn More

NRC Whitewater US Open

March 28 - 29, 2015

This national-level slalom and downriver race on the Nantahala River is suitable for intermediate to advanced paddlers. Learn More

AT Founder’s Bridge Festival

April 3 - 5, 2015

Enjoy free gear repair, hiking-themed movies, lectures and games. Live music and bonfire round out the evening. Learn More

Nantahala Hilly Half Marathon & 5K

April 4, 2015

Challenging climbs, winding single track, waterfalls and stunning mountain views make this a don't-miss trail race. Learn More

Smoky Mountain Relay

April 17 - 18, 2015

Teams of 6 or 12 runners traverse 212 miles through the Smoky Mountains in this epic overnight relay. Learn More

NOC Spring Fling

April 24 - 26, 2015

Celebrate spring in the Smokies with free live music and gear demos, a community freestyle event and family-friendly activities. Learn More

NRC Slalom Series

April 25 - 26, 2015

This family-friendly slalom event hosted by Nantahala Racing Club is suitable for all ability levels. Fun and supportive, the NRC Slalom Series offers a great introduction to racing. Learn More

NRC Family Whitewater Weekend

May 23 - 24, 2015

Youth kayakers enjoy a weekend of slalom, freestyle, downriver, and good times at this family-friendly outdoor weekend. Learn More

Adventure Dash

May 23, 2015

Runners negotiate challenge obstacles in this 5K adventure race. Kids aged 12 and under race free with a participating adult. Learn More

NOC’s Nantahala Olympiad

June 27 - 28, 2015

The largest citizen's whitewater event in the country, these races are fun for the whole family. Learn More

NOC’s Sizzlin’ 4th of July

July 3 - 5, 2015

Celebrate an all-American 4th of July at the Nantahala River with rafting, kayaking, zip-lines, mountain biking, family activities and free live music. Learn More

Alzar School’s Camp Cup Challenge

July 13 - 14, 2015

The Alzar School brings campers together for two days of canoeing, group activities and community building on the Nantahala River. Learn More

Whitewater Junior Olympics

July 24 - 26, 2015

Meet other paddling youth from around the country at this three-day youth whitewater festival on the Nantahala River featuring freestyle, slalom, downriver, SUP and more! Learn More

ICF Junior & U23 Wildwater Canoeing World Championships

August 2 - 7, 2015

Celebrate international competition with the NOC for a week long wildwater competition. Learn More

Paddle Grapple

September 6, 2015

Canoe, Kayak, Sup or Surfski in the inaugural Paddle Grapple - a multi-discipline 3 or 6 mile race on beautiful Fontana Fontana. Learn More

Guest Appreciation Festival (GAF)

September 25 - 27, 2015

This weekend, NOC says "thank you!" to our guests with with blow-out sales, paddling events, live music, family activities and more! Learn More

GAF Bike Trials

September 26, 2015

Bike trialers perform gravity-defying maneuvers on the banks of the Nantahala River. Give bike trials a try or come out and catch a glimpse of the action! Learn More


October 24, 2015

Celebrate the changing colors of the Smokies with costume contests, pumpkin decorating and, of course, the Great Pumpkin Pursuit. Learn More