Nantahala River, NC
Nantahala Outdoor Center’s main campus is located at the intersection of the Appalachian Trail and the Nantahala River, just outside the Great Smoky Mountains. A mecca for outdoor enthusiasts since 1972, the 500-acre campus has plenty of options for keeping your entire group happy and active, whether you spend the day or a week!
Take a whitewater raft or ducky trip down the Nantahala River. Fly above the canopy with NOC’s Mountaintop Zip Line Tour, and test your skills at the Zip Line Adventure Park – a challenge course with 16 aerial obstacles. Kids of all ages will have a blast at NOC’s Treetop Adventure Nets – the country’s first 100% net-based aerial playground.
There’s also mountain biking on nine miles of private trails, shopping at NOC’s flagship Outfitter’s Store, onsite cabin and bunkhouse lodging, plus dining and relaxing at NOC’s famous riverfront restaurants – River’s End Restaurant and Big Wesser. Extend your adventure with onsite lodging, from cabins to hostel-style accommodations available.
Nantahala River Trips
Nantahala River Rafting: Fully Guided in North Carolina
The classic family friendly whitewater rafting trip on an iconic mountain river. This popular trip is perfect for families and paddlers of any skill level.
Nantahala Adventure Pass with Guided Rafting in North Carolina
The Nantahala Adventure pass (available Memorial Day – Labor Day) is hands-down the best value for a day filled with fun. Combine fully guided rafting with three other activities for a savings of over $50 per person.
River to Ridge: Rafting and Zip Line Package
Combine two of our most popular adventures and save with our River to Ridge package! Fly on over two miles of zip lines through the Smoky Mountain skies on NOC’s Mountaintop Zip Line Tour! Combine with a guided whitewater rafting trip for a day of adventure you’ll never forget!
Mountaintop Zip Line Tour
Fly through the Smoky Mountain skies on NOC’s Mountaintop Zip Line Tour! With over two miles of zip lines from treetop to treetop, this trip is considered a premier zip line experience in the mountains of North Carolina.
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