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Kayaking is a fun, rewarding, and exciting way to experience rivers and lakes in a unique way. Whether it is an exciting whitewater trip or a mild flat-water paddle, NOC’s nearly 50 years of experience in kayak rentals and instruction provides participants with the perfect experience for any skill level.

NOC’s main campus on the Nantahala River is one of the nation’s most active paddle sports venues hosting races and events and serving as a popular practice spot for paddlers including professional athletes. Join us for half day inflatable kayak “ducky” rentals trip or step it up with a canoe-kayak course led by one of Nantahala Outdoor Center’s world-renowned instructors. Don’t forget to stop off at the Outfitter’s Store, offering the newest and best in technical river equipment for modern day river runners.

Looking for an adventure close to home? Explore the Chattahoochee River National Recreation area at one of NOC’s multiple Atlanta-based outposts. With flat-water and Class I – II kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddleboard rentals, Nantahala Outdoor Center’s Roswell and Metro-Atlanta locations are the perfect place to unwind after work or with friends and family on a weekend in the city.

Kayaking Trips and Courses


Nantahala Adventure Pass with Raft or Duck Rentals in North Carolina

Bryson City, NC
from $95
4.9 (15 Reviews / 2 Q&As)
Available Memorial Day to Labor Day

Combine multiple activities for the ultimate day of adventure! Guide your own raft or inflatable kayak on the Nantahala River, zip, climb, and balance through the Zip Line Adventure Park and Tree Top Adventure Nets, and mountain bike on local trails all for one great price!

7+ Years Old
60-250 Lbs
5-8 Hours Long

Class III+ River Kayaking

Bryson City, NC
from $450
5 (3 Reviews / 0 Q&As)
Multi-day courses designed for advanced whitewater kayakers!

Become a confident and proficient paddler in Class II-III+ whitewater. Paddlers will focus on stroke choice, timing, concepts, and using river features to navigate more powerful, complex rapids. We offer both two and four-day courses. These courses offer the perfect mix of both instruction and river running on the most iconic rivers in the Southeast.

18+ Years Old
2 Days
4 Days
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