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Gatlinburg, TN

Outdoor Adventure Near Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Nantahala Outdoor Center is the top adventure outfitter in the Smokies for families visiting Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge. From whitewater adventure to hiking and camping, NOC offers the best in outdoor adventure with rafting, gear, and guidance.

For many families, rafting in the Pigeon Gorge is the highlight of their Smoky Mountain vacation. The Upper Pigeon provides a full dose of Class III excitement and Smoky Mountain scenery in just three short hours. For families with children three and up, the Lower Pigeon is the perfect float trip with gentle rapids, swimming holes, and beautiful scenery.

If you’re looking to explore the Smoky Mountain National Park, visit NOC’s 18,000 square foot flagship store just outside of the entrance to the park. NOC Gatlinburg carries everything necessary to enjoy excursions into the Smokies including gear and accessories for camping and hiking and a trip planning area with information, maps, and books. Our expert guides in-store will even help you plan your trip or book a rafting adventure.

Whether you’re paddling whitewater on the Pigeon, hiking the Smokies, or just enjoying downtown Gatlinburg, NOC offers more than 40 years of outdoor adventure experiences and expertise to help make your trip a memorable one.

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Raft more, save more! Book 2 NOC whitewater rafting trips on different rivers and save 10%, book 3 different rivers and save 15%, or book 4 different rivers and save 20% on your entire rafting reservation.
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