Three young rafters on the Pigeon River Rafting: Lower Pigeon Gorge trip

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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.

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