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NRC Glacier Breaker

February 27 - 28, 2016

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 25 - 27, 2016

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

Nantahala Hilly Half Marathon

April 2, 2016

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

AT Founder’s Bridge Festival

April 8 - 9, 2016

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

NOC Spring Fling

April 22 - 24, 2016

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

Smoky Mountain Relay

April 23, 2016

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

Adventure Dash

May 28, 2016

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

NRC Family Whitewater Weekend

May 28 - 29, 2016

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

NOC’s Sizzlin’ 4th of July

July 2 - 3, 2016

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 11 - 12, 2016

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 29 - 31, 2016

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

Guest Appreciation Festival (GAF)

September 23 - 25, 2016

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 24, 2016

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


October 22, 2016

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