Lessons & Training

Kayak Summer Camps

Duration: 5-Day

Price Per Person: $900–$1,500

Dates: June & July

Ages: Varies

Location: Bryson City, NC

Kayak Summer Camps have been a favorite of NOC guests since 1980! Our elite instructors provide campers with top-level whitewater kayaking lessons and equipment to learn with, while maintaining a supportive and fun environment on the water. Give your young paddlers a reason to unplug and advance their skills this summer at NOC!

CAMP UPDATE: For the foreseeable future, NOC is moving all Paddling Summer Youth Programs to day-camps with the exception of our Advanced Teen Travel Camp. Feel free to contact us with any questions and check out our top programs below:

 

Summer Day Camps

At NOC's Summer Day Camp our goal is to inspire fun outdoor adventure while teaching your kids paddling skills, building their confidence, and helping them to make new friends along the way. This camp is best for kids ages 9-17 of any skill level from beginner to advanced kayakers, as paddlers are grouped by kayaking experience level, so no experience is required.

Parents will drop paddlers off each morning to gear up for the day on the water! Lunch and all necessary paddling equipment is provided. See our 2021 Parent Handbook for itineraries and packing lists.

Advanced Teen Travel Camp

Advanced teen paddlers ages 13-17 with minimum Class III experience will get the opportunity to take kayaking to the next level with a true road trip adventure; paddling in multiple rivers across the Southeast, camping in campgrounds, eating camp meals, and enjoying the great outdoors, with 24-hour supervision from NOC's elite paddling instructors. Most meals, gear, and equipment are included. See the 2021 Parent Handbook for example itineraries and more.

2021 Camp Dates

Course Age Range Dates Availability
Summer Day Camp Session 1 9-17 June 14 - 18 Book Now
Summer Day Camp Session 2 9-17 July 12 - July 16  Book Now
Summer Day Camp Session 3 9-17 August 2-6 Book Now
Advanced Teen Travel Session 1 13-17 June 20 - 25 Book Now
Advanced Teen Travel Session 2 13-17 July 18 - 23 Book Now

Camps and clinics are available for every skill level from beginner to advanced. For more information on all camps and clinics, call NOC's Paddling School at 828.488.7249 or click here

 



Outpost Overview

NOC's 500-acre adventure center is located at the intersection of the Nantahala River and Appalachian Trail. 

 

Guest amenities include:

  • Outdoor recreation activities including rafting, kayaking, zip lines, and mountain biking
  • Three restaurants, including two on the riverfront
  • Four retail stores, including NOC's flagship Outfitter's Store
  • Rustic cabin and bunkhouse lodging for over 200
  • Terminus for the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
  • One mile of Lake Fontana frontage with lake kayak and SUP program
  • Host to over 30 annual events, from world championships to music festivals

Directions

Nantahala Outdoor Center's main campus, the Nantahala River Outpost is located in far Western North Carolina on US Highway 19. 12 miles from Bryson City and on the south side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the outpost is nestled in the Nantahala Gorge.

From Asheville, NC: Take I-40 West towards Knoxville, TN. Take exit 27 onto US 74 West towards Waynesville. Stay on 74 West, the outpost is 50 miles down this road. 8 miles past Bryson City, the 4-lane will split into two 2-lane roads. Stay on 74, the left lane. You will enter the Nantahala Gorge and after 4.3-miles you see the Nantahala River and NOC's Nantahala Outpost.

From Gatlinburg, TN: Take 441 South through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and through Cherokee. Just past Cherokee, get on 74 West. After 15 miles, the road will split into two 2-lane roads. Stay on 74 W, the left lane, and continue the 4.3-miles to the NOC Nantahala Outpost.

From East Atlanta: Take I-85 North to I-985 North. At Gainesville, take 365 North to 441 North. Just past Dillsboro, NC, 441 merges with US 74. 8 miles past Bryson City, the 4-lane splits into two 2-lane roads. Stay on 74, the left lane. Continue 4.3-miles and arrive at the NOC Nantahala Outpost.

From West Atlanta: Take I-75 North to I-575 North. I-575 becomes State Hwy 5, and then Hwy 76. Stay on this road until Blue Ridge, GA where you turn left onto Hwy 60 towards Mineral Bluff, GA. In Mineral Bluff, turn right onto Hwy 60 Spur. Follow it into North Carolina to US 74 East, turning right towards Murphy and Andrews when the road ends. Stay on 74 East, NOC's Nantahala Outpost is 20-miles past Andrews. You will follow the Nantahala River for the last 8-miles.

From Chattanooga, TN: Take I-75 North towards Cleveland, TN. Take the 1st Cleveland exit, the US 64 Bypass Exit. Go 6-miles and take the Ocoee Exit onto US 64 East towards Murphy, NC. In Murphy, the road number changes to US 74. Stay on 74 East, NOC's Nantahala Outpost is 20-miles past Andrews. You will follow the Nantahala River for the last 8-miles.

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