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Knoxville, TN

Outdoor Adventures Near Knoxville, Tennessee

Nantahala Outdoor Center invites outdoor enthusiasts of all levels to embark on thrilling adventures near Knoxville, TN. With a legacy spanning over 40 years, NOC has been at the forefront of crafting unforgettable outdoor experiences for adventurers of every stripe.

Discover the awe-inspiring beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains through exhilarating whitewater adventures with Nantahala Outdoor Center! Choose from two distinct trip options tailored to suit every member of your group. Embark on the Lower Pigeon journey for a leisurely float amidst the stunning backdrop of the Smokies, with ample opportunities to cool off with a refreshing swim. This family-friendly excursion is suitable for children as young as three! For those seeking a more adrenaline-fueled experience, tackle the Upper Pigeon trip, brimming with Class III rapids and heart-pounding action.

For adventurers in need of gear for their next escapade, NOC’s flagship store in Gatlinburg awaits. Explore 18,000 square feet of premium outdoor gear from leading brands such as The North Face, Columbia, PrAna, Osprey, and Chaco. Our knowledgeable NOC Guides are on hand to assist you in planning your next adventure, whether it involves exploring the best hiking spots in the Smokies, embarking on overnight camping excursions, or hitting the river for a thrilling whitewater journey.

Seeking the ultimate thrill? Look no further than NOC Ocoee for an adrenaline-pumping adventure on America’s Olympic River! The Ocoee River, fondly referred to as the “”Ocoee Coaster,”” promises an exhilarating ride with lively waves and challenging Class III-IV rapids. Opt for a half-day excursion on the Middle Ocoee section or extend the excitement with a full-day experience combining the Middle Ocoee with the Class IV Ocoee Olympic Whitewater Section!

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