Events

NOC Spring Fling

Date: April 19 - 21, 2019

Time: All day

Price: Free

Age: All Ages

Celebrate spring in the Smoky Mountains with a free, family-friendly event in the Nantahala Gorge! Enjoy paddling events, live music, delicious food and the 2nd Annual Live Like Maria Freestyle Shootout on this weekend of celebration.

In addition to the events listed below, we will have boat and gear raffle where you can win a Jackson Kayak Rock Star! Stop by the NOC Tent on River Left to grab your raffle tickets through 5PM Saturday. All proceeds benefit the Live Like Maria Foundation

Friday, April 19 Time Location
NOC Spring Sale All Day Outfitter's Store
Free Boat Demos All Day Outfitter's Store
Freestyle Open Practice 12PM - 6PM Play Hole
Family Paddle with the Pros 4:30PM Ferebee Park (Shuttle Provided)
River's End Restaurant 11AM - 7PM  
Saturday, April 20 Time Location
Live Like Maria Preliminaries All Day Play Hole
NOC Spring Sale All Day Outfitter's Store
Demo Day All Day River Left, Vendor Tents
River's End Restaurant 8AM - 7PM  
Attainment Race: Long Boats 1PM - 5PM Meet at NOC Event Tent
Ducky 8 Ball Race 4PM - 5PM Meet at NOC Event Tent
Awards Ceremony: Attainment & 8 Ball Race 5:30PM Riverside Stage at NOC
Gear & Boat Raffle 5:30PM River Left
Throw Rope Challenge & Awards 6PM - 7PM Meet at NOC Event Tent
Live Music: Somebody's Child 3PM - 6PM Riverside Stage at NOC
Sunday, April 21 Time Location
Live Like Maria: Finals All Day Play Hole
NOC Spring Sale All Day Outfitter's Store
Free Demos All Day Outfitter's Store
River's End Restaurant 8AM - 7PM  
Slicey Boat Freestyle Competition Following Live Like Maria Finals Play Hole
Downriver Race (Long & Short Boat) 3PM Meet at NOC Event Tent
Awards Ceremony 5PM Riverside Stage at NOC

 


Directions

Nantahala Outdoor Center's main campus, the Nantahala River Outpost is located in far Western North Carolina on US Highway 19. 12 miles from Bryson City and on the south side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the outpost is nestled in the Nantahala Gorge. If you are on a Rapid Transit rafting/train excursions, the meeting place is in Bryson City at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot.

From Asheville, NC: Take I-40 West towards Knoxville, TN. Take exit 27 onto US 74 West towards Waynesville. Stay on 74 West, the outpost is 50 miles down this road. 8 miles past Bryson City, the 4-lane will split into two 2-lane roads. Stay on 74, the left lane. You will enter the Nantahala Gorge and after 5-miles you see the Nantahala River and NOC's Nantahala Outpost.

From Gatlinburg, TN: Take 441 South through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and through Cherokee. Just past Cherokee, get on 74 West. After 15 miles, the road will split into two 2-lane roads. Stay on 74 W, the left lane, and continue the 5-milts to the NOC Nantahala Outpost.

From East Atlanta: Take I-85 North to I-985 North. At Gainesville, take 365 North to 441 North. Just past Dillsboro, NC, 441 merges with US 74. 8 miles past Bryson City, the 4-lane splits into two 2-lane roads. Stay on 74, the left lane. Continue 5-miles and arrive at the NOC Nantahala Outpost.

From West Atlanta: Take I-75 North to I-575 North. I-575 becomes State Hwy 5, and then Hwy 76. Stay on this road until Blue Ridge, GA where you turn left onto Hwy 60 towards Mineral Bluff, GA. In Mineral Bluff, turn right onto Hwy 60 Spur. Follow it into North Carolina to US 74 East, turning right towards Murphy and Andrews when the road ends. Stay on 74 East, NOC's Nantahala Outpost is 20-miles past Andrews. You will follow the Nantahala River for the last 8-miles.

From Chattanooga, TN: Take I-75 North towards Cleveland, TN. Take the 1st Cleveland exit, the US 64 Bypass Exit. Go 6-miles and take the Ocoee Exit onto US 64 East towards Murphy, NC. In Murphy the road number changes to US 74. Stay on 74 East, NOC's Nantahala Outpost is 20-miles past Andrews. You will follow the Nantahala River for the last 8-miles.