Lessons & Training

Women’s Kayak Retreat

Price: $490 - $650

Dates: May 15 - 17, August 14 - 16

Join a group of like-minded women under the supportive guidance of NOC's rock star female instructors for a weekend of paddling, yoga, and companionship. Our Women’s Kayak Retreat aims to bring together a group of women who share an enjoyment for paddling whitewater. Participants from any skill level, from beginner to advanced, will paddle together, support each other, and be given the opportunity to push the boundaries of their current skill set with instructor guidance.

Enjoy spending time together over meals from breakfast on Saturday through lunch on Sunday and choose from lodging options on NOC’s campus – convenient and central to all the action. A one-hour yoga session is also included to stretch out your limbs during a fun weekend of paddling!

Participants must be 18 years or older.

Cost varies based on lodging type selected - click "Book Now" to explore your options! Below is a sample itinerary; stay tuned for a finalized weekend schedule.

If that wasn't enough to convince you of the amazing time you'll have taking a course with Anne, we'll also add that she loves to mountain bike and ski in her free time, has won 2 Enduro Mountain Bike races, and is involved in tons of other local women's events including the Green River Takeover and Women's Paddlefest at NOC.

Sample Itinerary - All Times & Locations are subject to change.

Friday Time Location
Lodging Check-In 3PM General Store
Meet & Greet with NOC instructors 5:30-7PM Big Wesser
Saturday Time Location
Breakfast 8AM Relia's Garden
Gear & Boat Selection 9AM Paddling School
Paddling Assessment 10AM Lake
Lakeside Lunch 12PM Lake
Paddling Assessment Cont. 1PM River
Wrap Up Day 1 4:30PM PaddlingSchool
Dinner 6PM Relia's Garden
Sunday Time Location
Breakfast 8AM Relia's Garden
Meet & Leave 9AM Paddling School
Review 9:30AM Lake
Skills Building 10:30AM River
Lunch 12PM Riverside
Skills Building Cont. 12:30PM River
Wrap Up Day 2 4:30PM Paddling School


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
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