River in fall season

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Explore Leaf Season in the Mountains

Looking for a way to explore the gorgeous scenes of fall in the mountains? Travel through the Pisgah or Nantahala National Forests whitewater rafting, or discover stunning wildlife on the wild and scenic Chattooga River. Each trip offers a unique opportunity to view breathtaking scenery – from dramatic rock faces to picturesque rolling mountains and hidden waterfalls.

NOC offers whitewater trips on several rivers in the southeast to experience the spectacular scenic fall colors from a raft on the French Broad, Chattooga, Ocoee, and Nantahala Rivers. Or enjoy the 360-degree views while you soar high above the Smokies on our mountain top zip line experience just outside of Bryson City, Tennessee. Whatever adventure you choose, the fall is one of the best times to visit Western North Carolina.

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