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's 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.
Kid's 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.

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
Tentative 2014 Event Schedule
Outfitter's Store Sidewalk Store 8 am - 'till
NOC Used Gear Sale 8 am - 'till
Interactive Pump Track Exhibitions
with Ride Garden
11 am - 5 pm
Bouncy House & Kids' Activities Open 12 - 5 pm
Live Music: TBD 2 pm
Ladder Ball Tournament 4 pm
Live Music: TBD 5:30 pm
Live Music: TBD 9 pm

 

Saturday, September 27 Time
NOC Used Gear Sale 8 am - 'till
Outfitter's Store Opens 8 am - 'till
Store Demo Fleet Sale Begins 8 am - 'till
NRC Presents: US Slalom Nationals 10 am - 1 pm
World Kayak Boatercross Registration 10 am - 1:30 pm
Bouncy House/Kid's Activities Open 10 am - 5 pm
NOC Upper Nantahala Special-Release Shuttle
from Wayah Rd. USFS Put-in
10 am - 4 pm
NOC Survival School Exhibitions 10 am - 5 pm
Steve Longenecker's Live Raptor Show 11 am
GAF Bike Trials 11 am - 4 pm
Appalachian Storytelling with Tim Hall 12:30 pm
World Kayak Boatercross through
Nantahala Falls
2 pm
Rubber Duckie Race 3 pm
Cornhole Tournament 4 pm
Live Music: TBD 2 pm
Running Big Wesser with Big Wes Bradley 5 pm
Live Music: TBD 5:30 pm
2013 Cascades Highlights & Carnage Reel Premier 8:30 pm
Live Music: TBD 9 pm

 

Sunday, September 28 Time
River of Life service at Big Wesser BBQ & Brew 8 am - 9 am
Outfitter's Store Opens 8 am - 'till
NOC Used Gear Sale 8 am - 'till
Bouncy House / Kid's Activities Open 10 am - 1 pm
NOC Upper Nantahala Special-Release Shuttle
from Wayah Rd. USFS Put-In
10 am - 4pm

 

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 Release Times Shuttle Times
Saturday 10am - 5pm
(300 CFS release)
10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
(500 CFS release)
10am - 4pm

*Upper Nantahala boater shuttles are FREE, courtesy of NOC and ERA.


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.