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Gatlinburg, TN

Outdoor Adventure Near Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Nantahala Outdoor Center stands as the premier adventure outfitter in the Smoky Mountains, catering to families visiting Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge. From exhilarating whitewater expeditions to immersive hiking and camping excursions, NOC delivers unparalleled outdoor experiences with top-notch rafting, gear, and expert guidance.

For countless families, rafting in the Pigeon Gorge represents the pinnacle of their Smoky Mountain vacation. The Upper Pigeon segment offers an adrenaline-packed journey through Class III rapids and breathtaking Smoky Mountain scenery, all within a compact three-hour window. Alternatively, families with young children aged three and above can opt for the Lower Pigeon, a leisurely float trip boasting gentle rapids, inviting swimming holes, and picturesque landscapes.

If exploring the wonders of the Smoky Mountain National Park beckons, venture to NOC’s expansive 18,000 square foot flagship store situated just outside the park entrance. NOC Gatlinburg stocks an extensive array of essential gear and accessories for camping and hiking, alongside a dedicated trip planning area equipped with informative materials, detailed maps, and insightful books. Our seasoned guides are readily available in-store to assist with trip planning and booking rafting adventures, ensuring a seamless and unforgettable experience.

Whether you’re navigating whitewater on the Pigeon River, trekking through the Smokies, or simply soaking in the charm of downtown Gatlinburg, NOC leverages over 40 years of outdoor adventure expertise to enhance your journey and create lasting memories.

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