When to Visit
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.
River to Ridge: Rafting and Zip Line Package
Combine two of our most popular adventures and save with our River to Ridge package! Fly on over two miles of zip lines through the Smoky Mountain skies on NOC’s Mountaintop Zip Line Tour! Combine with a guided whitewater rafting trip for a day of adventure you’ll never forget!
French Broad River Rafting: Full-Day (with Lunch)
This full-day trip offers family-friendly whitewater rafting on the French Broad with fun rapids, scenic mountain views of Pisgah Forest and a riverside lunch. One of the best things to do in Asheville, NC.
Nantahala River Rafting: Fully Guided in North Carolina
The classic family friendly whitewater rafting trip on an iconic mountain river. This popular trip is perfect for families and paddlers of any skill level.
Mountaintop Zip Line Tour
Fly through the Smoky Mountain skies on NOC’s Mountaintop Zip Line Tour! With over two miles of zip lines from treetop to treetop, this trip is considered a premier zip line experience in the mountains of North Carolina.
Ocoee River Rafting: Middle Ocoee
The Middle Ocoee is “America’s most popular river trip” with five miles of exciting rapids and whitewater action. This half day guided trip is perfect for anyone looking for adventure in Tennessee.
Chattooga River Rafting: Section IV (with Lunch)
Experience one of the most iconic whitewater rafting trips in the Southeast on the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River. Natural beauty and thrilling rapids make this the “#1 Thing Every Southerner Ought to Do”.
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