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The Appy Lodge & NOC Adventures

Stay & Play in in the Beautiful Mountains of Tennessee & North Carolina!

Pair the perfect Gatlinburg getaway with The Appy Lodge and NOC!

No Smoky Mountain trip is complete without an NOC rafting adventure! For many families, rafting in the Pigeon Gorge is one of the highlights of their vacation. The Upper Pigeon provides a full dose of Class III excitement and Smoky Mountain scenery in just three short hours. For families with children three and up, the Lower Pigeon is the perfect float trip with gentle rapids, swimming holes, and beautiful scenery. Just a short drive further is NOC’s main campus located in the Nantahala Gorge in Bryson City. With 500-acres of adventure, spend the day with fun for the whole family!

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Upper Pigeon River Rafting at it's finest while the rafters are having a great time.

Upper Pigeon River

The Upper Pigeon offers an exciting and convenient trip full of splashes and smiles for the whole family!

Distance from Gatlinburg: 25 Miles / 40 Minutes

Trip Distance:  5 River Miles

Duration: 2.5 Hours

Age: 8+ Years or Min 70 lbs

Intensity: Moderate

Rafting on the Ocoee River

Lower Pigeon - Perfect Float Trip for Beginners

The Lower Pigeon River is perfect for families with young children offering a fun float trip with mild rapids and scenic views!

Distance from Gatlinburg: 25 Miles / 40 Minutes

Distance: 4 River Miles

Duration: 3.5 Hours

Age: 3+ Years

Intensity: Float Trip

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Bryson City- 500 Acres of Adventure!

About a 90 minute drive through the mountains is NOC’s 500-acre campus in Bryson City offering water and aerial adventures perfect for families, with onsite restaurants, lodging and shopping.

Adventures include a guided Nantahala River whitewater rafting trip, or aerial adventures like Mountain Top Zip Lining with 360° of the Smokies! Challenge yourself with our Zip Line Adventure Park with a ropes course and climbing wall!

Traverse the local trails with mountain bike rentals or a guided tour!

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