Events

Guest Appreciation Festival (GAF)

Date: September 26 - 28, 2014

Time: 8 am - 9 pm

Price: Free

Age: All Ages

GAF is NOC's way of saying "Thank you!" to our loyal guests. Come out for a weekend of deep sales on new and used gear, a full schedule of free events, family-friendly games and activities, and a great line-up of live music acts. Boaters, take advantage of free shuttles for the Cascades and Upper Nantahala recreational releases.

Event Highlights

NOC Used Gear Sale: GAF's perennial centerpiece, this end-of-the-season inventory clearance offers big savings on equipment used by NOC Adventure Programs and Paddling School.
Guest Gear Marketplace: NOC guests sell and barter their used gear. Guests selling multiple items must apply for a vendor space.
New Gear Deals: NOC's Outfitter's Store items are priced to sell and blow out our vendors' extra inventory! Expect 10-50% off throughout the store and even bigger deals on the sidewalk sale items.
Rafting and Zip Lining: Reserve your spot on a specially-priced GAF Nantahala River Rafting Trip or Zip Line Tour. Save 15% with offer code GAF15.
Kids' Activities: Face painting, crafts, games, button-making, contests and a bouncy house will keep your kids entertained all weekend.
GAF Bike Trials: Test your agility on two wheels or watch in amazement as trials riders from across the southeast hop, balance and climb unimaginable obstacles across NOC campus. Click HERE for more information.
On-Site T-shirt Printing: Check out this year's GAF T-Shirt Design here. Make sure to stop by the booth to get your own. 

Mountain Hardware Sample Sale*

Up to 50% off!

 

 

Join us September 26-28 for our Guest Appreciation Festival

New and used gear sales, live music, kayaking events, kids activities and more! 

Vendors: Guest Marketplace (Used Equipment), Artisans & Non-profits

Each year at GAF, NOC allows guests to set up booths selling used sporting equipment. Local artisans and non-profit organizations are also invited to set up booths to sell handmade crafts or talk about their cause. All booths must be registered in advance no later than Thursday, September 25. Spaces go fast, so be sure to sign up soon!
Used Equipment Vendors: Download Application HERE. $75 vendor fee applies.
Artisans & Non-profits: Download Application HERE. Vendor fee is waived for artisans and non-profits.
 

Friday, September 26 Time
2014 Event Schedule
Guest Gear Marketplace 8 am - 'til
NOC Outfitter's Store & Sidewalk Sale 9 am - 'til
NOC Used Rafting Gear Sale 10 am - 'til
Interactive Pump Track Exhibitions
with Ride Garden
11 am - 5 pm
Chaco Fit for Adventure Tour 12 pm - 8 pm
NOC Staff Gear Sale 12 pm - 7 pm
Bouncy House & Kids' Activities 12 - 5 pm
Live Music: Trees Leaves 3 pm
Ladder Ball Tournament 4 pm
Live Music: The Packway Handle Band 7 pm

 

Saturday, September 27 Time
NOC Used Rafting Gear Sale 8 am - 'til
NOC Outfitter's Store & Sidewalk Sale 8 am - 'til
NOC Used Kayak Sale 8 am - 'til
NOC Staff Gear Sale 8 am - 7 pm
Guest Gear Marketplace 8 am - 'til
Chaco Fit for Adventure Tour 8 am - 8 pm
GAF Bike Trials Registration 8:00 - 8:45 am
GAF Bike Trials Competition 9 am - 4 pm
GAF T-Shirt Printing: Green Light Ink 10am - 4pm
Craft Demonstration: Felt Project 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
NOC Duckycross Registration 10 am - 1:30 pm
Bouncy House & Kids' Activities 10 am - 5 pm
SOLO Wilderness Survival & Medicine Demonstrations 10 am - 6 pm
Interactive Pump Track Exhibitions with Ride Garden 10 am - 6 pm
NOC Upper Nantahala Special-Release Shuttle
from Wayah Rd. USFS Put-in
9:30 am - 5 pm
Steve Longenecker's Live Raptor Show 11 am
Live Music: The Bayou Diesel Band 1 pm
Craft Demonstration: Batik Project 1 pm
NOC Duckycross @ the Bridge Gates 2 pm
Cornhole Tournament 4 pm
Live Music: Freeway Revival 5 pm
Live Music: Owner of the Sun 9 pm

 

Sunday, September 28 Time
River of Life service at Big Wesser BBQ + Brew 8 - 9 am
NOC Outfitter's Store & Sidewalk Sale 8 am - 'til
NOC Used Rafting Gear Sale 8 am - 'til
Bouncy House & Kids' Activities 10 am - 1 pm
NOC Upper Nantahala Special-Release Shuttle
from Wayah Rd. USFS Put-In
9:30 am - 5 pm

 

Lower Nantahala Release Times Shuttle Times
Nantahala Releases and Boater Shuttle Schedules
Friday 9:30am - 3:30pm 11am - 2pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm 9:30am - 2:30pm
Sunday 9:30am - 3:30pm 11am - 2 pm

*Lower Nantahala boater shuttles are $7/person, and FREE for boaters leaving their cars at the put-in.

Upper Nantahala/Nantahala Cascades Release Times Shuttle Times
Saturday 10am - 5pm
(300 CFS release)
9:30am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 3pm
(425 CFS release)
3pm-5pm
(250 CFS release)
9:30am - 5pm

*Upper Nantahala boater shuttles are FREE, courtesy of NOC and ERA. Shuttles leave from Wayah Road USFS Put-In. 


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.