Events

NRC Slalom US Open

Date: March 27- 28, 2020

Time: 3pm

Price: $50 - $65

Age: All ages

Elite slalom paddlers strive for precision and speed on the legendary Nantahala Falls course at this classic southeastern race. Meanwhile, wildwater racers compete in sprint and classic components on the Nantahala River.

Spectators are invited to enjoy the show from the Forest Service walkway along the Nantahala Falls, which affords excellent views of both races. Bring a cup of fresh coffee or hot cocoa from River’s End Restaurant, located just downstream of the race course, and warm your hands as you enjoy US whitewater racing at its best!

Racers and their families will get 10% off at River’s End Restaurant for the weekend of the race! Just wear your US Open t-shirt in to the restaurant!*
*Excludes alcohol purchases.

Course Information

Slalom: Nantahala Falls Course (Class III)
Downriver Sprint: Patton's Run Rapid (Class III)
Downriver Classic: Ferebbee Park to the Jumping Rock (Class II)

Friday, March 27 Time Location

2020 Event Schedule

Slalom

Check-in & Late Registration 3-5PM Big Wesser Riverside
Open Practice 12:30-2:30PM Nantahala Falls
Course Construction 2-5PM Nantahala Falls
Demo Runs 5:30PM Nantahala Falls

 

Saturday, March 28 Time Location
Volunteer Meeting 8:30AM Big Wesser Riverside
Competitors Meeting | Bib Pick-Up 9:00AM Big Wesser Riverside
Foreruns 9:45AM Nantahala Falls
Slalom 1st Runs 11:00AM Nantahala Falls
Lunch Break  12:30AM N/A
Slalom 2nd Runs 1:30PM Nantahala Falls
Demo Runs 5:00PM Nantahala Falls

 

Sunday, March 29 Time Location
Competitors Meeting 10:15AM Big Wesser Riverside
Foreruns 11:15AM Nantahala Falls
Downriver 1st Runs 11:25AM Nantahala Falls
Lunch Break  12:30PM N/A
Downriver 2nd Runs 1:30PM Nantahala Falls
Awards Ceremony 3:30PM Big Wesser Riverside

 

SLALOM:

$50 for the first class, $65 for more than one class | Use Code 2Events at check out if participating in more than one class.
Register by Tuesday, March 24 to avoid late fees.
A $10 Late Fee will be added to Late Registrations.

Pre-registration: Online Registration  | Registration Opens January 6, 2020 and closes March 24, 2020.

Visit NantahalaRacingClub.com for event details and schedules.


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.

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