Outdoor Adventures Near Knoxville, Tennessee
Nantahala Outdoor Center offers multiple adventures for all levels of outdoor thrill seekers near Knoxville, TN. From float trips to high adventure experiences and even gear shopping, NOC has been a leader in shaping outdoor adventures for over 40 years.
Discover the Great Smoky Mountains by whitewater when you take on a Pigeon River adventure with Nantahala Outdoor Center! Offering two different trip styles, everyone in your crew will be satisfied. Hop on the Lower Pigeon and enjoy a refreshing float through the Smokies with plenty of opportunities to ditch the raft and swim. It’s a family favorite adventure for children as young as three! If you’re looking for bigger splashes, tackle the Upper Pigeon trip for a full dose of Class III excitement and action.
If you need to gear up for an adventure, head over to NOC’s flagship store in Gatlinburg to explore 18,000 square feet of top-of-the-line gear from brands like The North Face, Columbia, PrAna, Osprey, Chaco and more. NOC Guides are available to help you plan your next trip, whether you are looking for the best spots to hike in the Smokies, overnight camping trips, or you’re heading out on the river.
Looking for the big thrills? Head over to NOC Ocoee for nonstop excitement on America’s Olympic River! The Ocoee River is often touted as the “Ocoee Coaster” – offering bouncy waves and miles of Class III-IV rapids in quick succession. Spend half a day on the Middle Ocoee section, or combine it with the Class IV Ocoee Olympic Whitewater Section for a full day experience!
Ocoee River Rafting: Middle Ocoee
The Middle Ocoee is “America’s most popular river trip” with five miles of exciting rapids and whitewater action. This half day guided trip is perfect for anyone looking for adventure in Tennessee.
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.
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