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Nantahala River Runner Workshop

Multiple Locations
from $125
Enjoy a full-day workshop on one of the most iconic Class I to III Rivers in the Southeast.

Spend time kayaking on the Nantahala River learning lines on classic rapids and enjoying popular play spots. This course offers the perfect mix of both a guided river running experience, instruction, and exploring one of the most popular rivers in the Southeast!

18+ Years Old
4 Hours Long
kayaking through class 3 rapids
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The Nantahala River is a staple southeastern river for Class II-III paddlers working on building confidence with scouting, picking lines, and using river features to get there. The benchmark Class III Nantahala Falls offers numerous lines and challenges for kayakers. This four-hour workshop gives paddlers the opportunity to explore the Nantahala with the guidance of an NOC professional Paddling School instructor. Learn access points and various lines on rapids on the Nantahala River – it’s an exciting course for boaters with intermediate to advanced paddling skills.

These courses are offered every Friday from May 3rd 2024 through October 25th 2024.

Prerequisite: Paddlers must have a reliable combat roll and proficient boat control in Class II-III prior to registering for this course.

Workshop Content:

  • River Access Points
  • Different Lines on Classic Rapids
  • Scouting
  • Advanced River Running and playboating techniques

If you’re looking for a River Runner course on the Ocoee please view our courses HERE.

What to Expect

These one-day workshops are highly recommended if you are looking for more time on the water to hone your skills on the Nantahala River. Participants will focus on various lines on classic rapids, scouting and access points, and popular play areas.


Nantahala River Runner Dates

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Jun 28, 2024 Multiple Locations
Jul 5, 2024 Multiple Locations
Jul 12, 2024 Multiple Locations
Jul 19, 2024 Multiple Locations
Jul 26, 2024 Multiple Locations
Aug 2, 2024 Multiple Locations
Aug 9, 2024 Multiple Locations
Aug 16, 2024 Multiple Locations
Aug 23, 2024 Multiple Locations
Aug 30, 2024 Multiple Locations
Sep 6, 2024 Multiple Locations
Sep 13, 2024 Multiple Locations
Sep 20, 2024 Multiple Locations
Sep 27, 2024 Multiple Locations
Oct 4, 2024 Multiple Locations
Oct 11, 2024 Multiple Locations
Oct 18, 2024 Multiple Locations
Oct 25, 2024 Multiple Locations
  • NOC’s Highly Trained, ACA-Certified Instruction

Participants need to provide their own boat and gear. Lunch is not included,

Necessary Items (for All Courses)

  • Shorts/swimwear
  • Water shoes or old sneakers
  • Synthetic T-shirts
  • Sunscreen/lip balm
  • Towel and change of clothes each day
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Clothing and personal items
  • Rain gear
  • Synthetic long underwear
  • Light fleece hoodie/pullover

Optional Items

  • Nose clips
  • Sunglasses
  • Eyeglass strap
  • Hat or visor
  • Earplugs (if sensitive to water)

Students must be 18 years or older.

Paddlers must have a reliable combat roll and proficient boat control in class II-III prior to registering for this course.


Meals, snacks, and beverages can be purchased at NOC’s two onsite restaurants or the General Store.

Meet Our Instructors


The NOC Paddling School stands out because of its exceptional instructors, who are experienced, skilled paddlers, and creative teachers. Their expertise and dedication are why Outside Magazine named us the “Best Place to Learn”

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