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Classic Family Adventure in the Southeast
Whitewater rafting is the perfect addition to any family vacation! Families travel year after year to disconnect and immerse into nature for fun, learning, and lifelong memories. Nantahala Outdoor Center offers multiple family-friendly adventures in the Southeast; from relaxed float trips to bouncy rapids that will keep you smiling the whole way down the river.
The highly trained guides at NOC provide fun and expertise for an unforgettable experience. Guests receive pre-trip talks about river safety before embarking on an adventure where your guide will share paddling instruction, river history, and fun facts about flora and fauna. Whether you choose a trip on the Lower Pigeon for kids as young as three or a wild ride on Chattooga Section IV you can rest assured that your NOC Guide is trained and equipped to handle most river situations.
NOC is a top choice for larger group family trips and reunions! Our custom groups team can build a trip perfect for your family gathering, complete with adventure packages, meals, and lodging all in one spot.
Whether you are looking to take a step out of your comfort zone or to sit back and relax, NOC is the place to make lasting memories with your family and friends.
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.
Pigeon River Rafting: Lower Pigeon Gorge
Pigeon River rafting is the highlight for family vacations in the Smokies. Bouncy waves and gentle rapids make this trip perfect for families with young children 3 and up or those looking for a relaxing scenic experience.
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.
Pigeon River Rafting: Upper Pigeon Gorge
Experience thrilling whitewater rafting with stunning scenery of the Smoky Mountains ideal for families and visitors looking to unplug in the outdoors. This adventure delivers nonstop action in a few short hours making it convenient and unforgettable.
Rinse & Repeat DiscountRaft 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.
Stay and Play DiscountOutdoor Adventure at your doorstep! Stay 2 or more nights at NOC lodging and save 10% on outdoor activities at our 500-acre Nantahala campus. Call us to book today!
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