Events

ACA Open Canoe Downriver Nationals

Date: June 17 - 19, 2014

Time: 7:15 am

Price: $35 - adult, $10 - youth

Age: 10 and up

Canoers from around the country gather at the Nantahala River for the 2014 ACA Open Canoe Downriver Nationals. Participants are encouraged to race in as many classes as possible over the course of three days of competition.

Course Information

Sprint: Patton's Run to Winding Stairs road bridge - 3 miles (Class II-III)
Distance: Patton's Run through Nantahala Falls - 8 miles (Class II-III)
Start Interval: No less than 30 sec. for both sprint and distance race

Registration

Pre-registration: Sign up online by June 13 to receive a T-shirt.
Onsite Registration: June 16 - 17, 2 - 4 pm; June 17, 2 - 3 pm @ Big Wesser BBQ + Brew
All pre-registered participants recieve an event T-shirt. 1st - 3rd place finishers in each full class receive an award.

Date Event Time Classes
2014 Event Schedule
June 16 Open Practice
Registration & Boat Control
N/A
2 - 6 pm
All Classes
June 17 Competitor's Mtng & Bibs
Sprint Race START
Distance Race START
Registration & Boat Control
Awards Ceremony
7:15 am
7:30 am
8:45 am
3 - 4 pm
4 pm

OC2 Women &
OC1 Men
All Classes
 
June 18 Competitor's Mtng & Bibs
Sprint Race START
Distance Race START
Registration & Boat Control
Awards Ceremony
7:15 am
7:30 am
8:45 am
3 - 4 pm
4 pm

OC2 Men &
OC1 Women
All Classes
 
June 19 Competitor's Mtng & Bibs
Sprint Race START
Distance Race START
Awards Ceremony
 
7:15 am
7:30 am
8:45 am
After
Race

OC2 Mixed
OC2 (10-15)/25"

 

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Directions

Nantahala Outdoor Center's main campus, the Nantahala River Outpost is located in far Western North Carolina on US Highway 19. 12 miles from Bryson City and on the south side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the outpost is nestled in the Nantahala Gorge. If you are on a Rapid Transit rafting/train excursions, the meeting place is in Bryson City at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot.

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.