Date: October 22, 2016

Time: 12 - 5 pm

Price: Free

Age: All Ages

Celebrate leaf season in the Smoky Mountains at this free event, a family-favorite in the Nantahala Gorge. With activities and prizes for all ages, your friends and family are sure to have a great day on or off the water.

Event Highlights

Pumpkin Decorating - NOC supplies pumpkins, decorating and carving materials. Every child wins a prize after presenting their pumpkins to the Judging Panel.
Great Pumpkin Pursuit - A free-for-all dash through Nantahala Falls. Participants collect as many numbered pumpkins as possible while racing to the finish. Check back for details on 2015 prizes!
Costume Contests - Dress to impress the judges! Costume categories are: Kids, Couples, Most in Character and Scariest.
Live Music - Enjoy a bonfire and live music at Big Wesser BBQ + Brew. S'mores included!

Great Pumpkin Pursuit

Registration: 12 - 2 pm @ the Takeout Beach. All participants MUST fill out a waiver to participate.

Rules: Participant will line up along the concrete beach above Nantahala Falls. 3 NOC rafts filled with pumpkins will set off with expert guides tossing pumpkins out as they go. Once all 3 rafts begin the rapid kayakers will rush to gather as many pumpkins as possible. Spectators along the bank are also allowed to gather pumpkins that wash ashore. Numbers written on the pumpkins will correspond to raffle tickets that will be drawn once the pursuit is completed. Numbers on gathered pumpkins that match raffle tickets will be awarded prizes from our wide array of items. 

Saturday, October 22nd Time Location
2016 Event Schedule
Pumpkin Decorating 12:00 PM Takeout Beach
Costume Contest 1:30 PM Takeout Beach
GPP Competitor's Meeting 2:00 PM Concrete Beach
Camp Fire  2 - 6 PM Takeout Beach
GPP START 2:30 PM Concrete Beach
GPP Awards & Raffle 3:30 PM Big Wesser BBQ
Cornhole Tournament 4:00 PM Adventure Center
Live Music: Lagerhosen 12 - 3:00 PM Big Wesser BBQ













































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.