Events

Smoky Mountain Relay

Date: April 24- 25, 2020

Age: All Ages

A scenic, wild, team adventure in the mountains of Western North Carolina, the Smoky Mountain Relay is an adventure that is not to be missed. This course will challenge you and your friends with tough legs and reward you with stories to last a lifetime. Choose from the original 200-mile course or the shorter 135-mile course with your team of 8 or 12 participants.

The 200-mile course begins at the Pink Beds Trail Loop picnic area just outside of Brevard, NC In the Pisgah National Forest. Teams of 12 or "ultra" teams of 6 make their way through 36 legs and finish at Nantahala Outdoor Center. 

The 135-mile course begins at the Jackson County Recreation Complex in Cullowhee, NC. Teams of 8 or "ultra" teams of 4 make their way through 24 legs and also finish at Nantahala Outdoor Center.

Each relay team member will run between 3 and 6 legs of varying lengths and difficulty and will cover an average total distance of 18-20 miles of the race.

Race Information & Registration: Please visit Smoky Mountain Relay's webpage for more information on registration and pricing. Registration is now open for 2020!

Lodging & Activities

Racers, family and friends receive 10% off lodging, whitewater rafting, ziplining and mountain biking at our Nantahala Campus April 24th - April 26th using code using code SMR2020. Book your lodging while it lasts at one of our overnight options including: platform tents, the Basecamp bunk house, luxury Cabins and the Dogwood Motel. Learn more about our lodging options here.

Visit SmokyMountainRelay.com for more information.


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.