Outdoor Adventure Near Charlotte, North Carolina
If you’re looking for outdoor adventure outside of Charlotte, look no further than Nantahala Outdoor Center! For over 40 years, visitors and Charlotte residents have enjoyed escaping to NOC for family-friendly whitewater rafting and outdoor adventure on several rivers in the southeast. Whether you are looking for a mild float or an exhilarating paddle through Class IV rapids, NOC has a trip for you to adventure at your own pace.
Just a few hours drive west, through peaceful, winding mountain roads, is the scenic Nantahala River Gorge. Enjoy 500 acres of spectacular mountain adventure from the classic guided whitewater rafting trip, mountain top zip lining, mountain biking, and more. In between activities, you can shop at one of NOC’s four retail stores including NOC’s flagship Outfitter’s Store, eat at NOC’s two riverfront restaurants, and even stay in a cabin adjoining the Appalachian Trail.
For visitors staying in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, NOC offers float or whitewater trips down the Pigeon River. The Upper Pigeon is perfect for kids ages eight and up offering lots of splashes and smiles, while the Lower Pigeon is perfect for young children or those looking for a milder, scenic float trip.
For adventure seekers, the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River is only a few hours outside of Charlotte, and a bucket list must-do!
With access to seven rivers in the southeast, NOC offers so many ways to enjoy the outdoors at any experience or adventure level.
Pigeon River Rafting: Lower Pigeon Gorge
Pigeon River rafting is the highlight for family vacations in the Smokies. Bouncy waves and gentle rapids make this trip perfect for families with young children 3 and up or those looking for a relaxing scenic experience.
Pigeon River Rafting: Upper Pigeon Gorge
Experience thrilling whitewater rafting with stunning scenery of the Smoky Mountains ideal for families and visitors looking to unplug in the outdoors. This adventure delivers nonstop action in a few short hours making it convenient and unforgettable.
Chattooga River Rafting: Section IV (with Lunch)
Experience one of the most iconic whitewater rafting trips in the Southeast on the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River. Natural beauty and thrilling rapids make this the “#1 Thing Every Southerner Ought to Do”.
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