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Classic Family Adventure in the Southeast

Whitewater rafting is an ideal addition to any family vacation! Year after year, families come to disconnect and delve into nature for fun, education, and the creation of lifelong memories. Nantahala Outdoor Center offers a variety of family-friendly adventures in the Southeast, from gentle float trips to lively rapids that ensure smiles throughout the journey.

The highly skilled guides at NOC provide both fun and expertise for an unforgettable river experience. Guests enjoy informative pre-trip sessions on river safety before starting their journey where guides offer paddling tips, historical insights, and interesting details about the local flora and fauna. Whether opting for a mild adventure on the Lower Pigeon River suitable for kids as young as three, or seeking thrills on Chattooga Section IV, you can trust that your NOC guide is well-trained and equipped to manage various river scenarios.

NOC is also the preferred choice for large family gatherings and reunions! Our custom groups team is ready to craft the perfect trip for your family event, complete with adventure activities, meals, and lodging all in one convenient location.

Whether you’re looking to push your boundaries or simply relax, NOC is your gateway to creating cherished memories with your family and friends.

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