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Charlotte, NC

Outdoor Adventure Near Charlotte, North Carolina

Discover unparalleled outdoor adventure just outside Charlotte, North Carolina, with Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) as your premier destination. For over four decades, both visitors and residents of Charlotte have sought refuge in NOC’s offerings of family-friendly whitewater rafting and outdoor escapades across numerous rivers in the southeast. Whether craving a leisurely float or a pulse-pounding journey through Class IV rapids, NOC ensures a tailored experience to suit every adventurer’s pace.

A short drive west through tranquil, winding mountain roads leads to the picturesque Nantahala River Gorge, encompassing 500 acres of spectacular mountain terrain. Embrace a wealth of outdoor activities, from classic guided whitewater rafting excursions to exhilarating mountaintop zip lining and mountain biking adventures. Between adventures, indulge in retail therapy at one of NOC’s four retail outlets, including the flagship Outfitter’s Store, savor delectable cuisine at two riverfront restaurants, and unwind in a cozy cabin adjacent to the Appalachian Trail.

For guests lodging in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, NOC offers both float and whitewater trips along the scenic Pigeon River. The Upper Pigeon caters to children aged eight and above, promising abundant splashes and smiles, while the Lower Pigeon provides a gentler, scenic float suitable for young children and those seeking a more relaxed outing.

For the intrepid adventurers, the legendary Wild and Scenic Chattooga River awaits just a few hours outside Charlotte, beckoning as a must-do experience for any avid thrill-seeker.

With access to seven rivers across the southeast, NOC presents a myriad of opportunities to revel in the great outdoors at any skill or adventure level.

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