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NRC Glacier Breaker

February 28 - March 1, 2015

This community whitewater event includes slalom and downriver races and is fun for all ages and ability levels. Learn More

NRC Whitewater US Open

March 28 - 29, 2015

This national-level slalom and downriver race on the Nantahala River is suitable for intermediate to advanced paddlers. Learn More

AT Founder’s Bridge Festival

April 3 - 4, 2015

Enjoy free gear repair, hiking-themed movies, lectures and games. Live music and bonfire round out the evening. Learn More

Nantahala Hilly Half Marathon & 5K

April 4, 2015

Challenging climbs, winding single track, waterfalls and stunning mountain views make this a don't-miss trail race. Learn More

Smoky Mountain Relay

April 17 - 18, 2015

Teams of 6 or 12 runners traverse 212 miles through the Smoky Mountains in this epic overnight relay. Learn More

NOC Spring Fling

April 24 - 26, 2015

Celebrate spring in the Smokies with free live music and gear demos, a community freestyle event and family-friendly activities. Learn More

World Kayak Hometown Throwdown

April 25, 2015

This free community freestyle event encourages paddlers of all ability levels to strut their stuff and surf their hearts out. Learn More

NRC Slalom Series

April 25 - 26, 2015

This family-friendly slalom event hosted by Nantahala Racing Club is suitable for all ability levels. Fun and supportive, the NRC Slalom Series offers a great introduction to racing. Learn More

Gatlinburg GearFest

May 9, 2015

Join NOC Gatlinburg on May 9 for the our Annual GearFest. Celebrate the outdoor gear we love with experts in the outdoor industry. Learn about and demo the hottest new gear for the season from top brands Learn More

NRC Family Whitewater Weekend

May 23 - 24, 2015

Youth kayakers enjoy a weekend of slalom, freestyle, downriver, and good times at this family-friendly outdoor weekend. Learn More

Merrell Adventure Dash

May 23, 2015

Runners negotiate challenge obstacles in this 5K adventure race. Kids aged 12 and under race free with a participating adult. Learn More

River Bassin Tournament

June 13, 2015

The River Bassin Trail is quite simply an affordable tournament trail for river bass fishing anglers of all types. Whether you’re a beginner or a hard core tournament angler there is a reason to come have some fun at this event. It matters not if you fish out of a kayak, canoe, float tube or other similar man-powered watercraft. Learn More

NOC’s Nantahala Games

June 27 - 28, 2015

The largest citizen's whitewater event in the country, these races are fun for the whole family. Learn More

NOC’s Sizzlin’ 4th of July

July 3 - 5, 2015

Celebrate an all-American 4th of July at the Nantahala River with rafting, kayaking, zip-lines, mountain biking, family activities and free live music. Learn More

Alzar School’s Camp Cup Challenge

July 13 - 14, 2015

The Alzar School brings campers together for two days of canoeing, group activities and community building on the Nantahala River. Learn More

Whitewater Junior Olympics

July 24 - 26, 2015

Meet other paddling youth from around the country at this three-day youth whitewater festival on the Nantahala River featuring freestyle, slalom, downriver, SUP and more! Learn More

ICF Junior & U23 Wildwater Canoeing World Championships

August 2 - 7, 2015

Celebrate international competition with the NOC for a week long wildwater competition. Learn More

The Big Float with Chattahoochee River Keeper

August 29, 2015

Join NOC, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and SweetWater Brewing Company for a morning paddle to celebrate clean water and healthy rivers! Learn More

Guest Appreciation Festival (GAF)

September 25 - 27, 2015

This weekend, NOC says "thank you!" to our guests with with blow-out sales, paddling events, live music, family activities and more! Learn More

GAF Bike Trials

September 26, 2015

Bike trialers perform gravity-defying maneuvers on the banks of the Nantahala River. Give bike trials a try or come out and catch a glimpse of the action! Learn More

2015 USA Canoe & Kayak Whitewater Slalom Nationals

October 9 - 11, 2015

Nantahala Racing Club in association with the Nantahala Outdoor Center is proud to host the 2015 USACK Slalom Nationals. Watch as elite slalom paddlers compete for the title of 2015 Whitewater Slalom National Champion Learn More


October 24, 2015

Celebrate the changing colors of the Smokies with costume contests, pumpkin decorating and, of course, the Great Pumpkin Pursuit. Learn More