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 River Raft & Duck Rentals in North Carolina
Paddle the scenic Nantahala River at your own pace with a raft or ducky rental. Perfect for experienced paddlers and groups of any size.
Learn to Kayak
Build the foundations for whitewater kayaking in these two or four-day courses. Kayakers will learn and refine strokes, learn concepts, wet exits, rolling, and safety. New and aspiring whitewater kayakers will spend time learning new skills and practicing them on area lakes and rivers. No experience necessary!
Nantahala Adventure Pass with Raft or Duck Rentals in North Carolina
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!
Class II River Kayaking
This is the perfect “Bridge Course” for paddlers progressing from beginner proficiency in a whitewater kayak to intermediate skill levels in a two or four-day clinic. Strengthen your whitewater kayaking skills and enjoy more advanced rivers with the best in instruction! Refine strokes, concepts, maneuvers, rescuing and rolling your boat in moving water.
Fontana Lake Kayak & SUP Rentals
Explore beautiful Fontana Lake at your own pace by way of Kayak or Stand Up Paddleboard. NOC offers both tandem and single kayak rentals so you can enjoy a peaceful trip on the lake alone or with a friend! Keep your ears open for the sound of waterfalls and your eyes peeled for signs of wildlife.
Chattahoochee River Kayak Rentals – Metro
Paddle the Chattahoochee River by kayak. NOC’s sit-on-top kayak rentals enable paddlers to create their own river experience with a workout or a relaxing float.
Nantahala River Rafting: Guided Duck Trip
Paddle your own adventure in an inflatable kayak alongside an NOC professionally trained guide. Great for learning new whitewater techniques and exploring the Nantahala River.
Class III+ River Kayaking
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.