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!
- If you’re looking for adventure, then take a white water raft or inflatable kayak(ducky) for a Nantahala River rafting adventure.
- Paddle the scenic Lake Fontana with a SUP or kayak.
- 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.
- Combine several adventures with our packages for a whole day of adventure!
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.
Nantahala River Trips
Nantahala River Rafting: Fully Guided in North Carolina
White water rafting in North Carolina is a classic family friendly trip down the iconic mountain river: The Nantahala River. This popular rafting trip is perfect for families and paddlers of any skill level.
Mountaintop Zip Line Tour
Fly through the Smoky Mountain skies on NOC’s Mountaintop Zip Line Tour! With almost two miles of zip lines from treetop to treetop, this trip is considered a premier zip line experience in the mountains of North Carolina.
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!
Zip Line Adventure Park
Race your friends on 550-foot-long dual zip lines as you enter this aerial challenge park with over 16 exciting obstacles. NOC’s expert aerial guides offer advice as you explore two levels of the park at up to 40-feet above ground level!
Pedal & Paddle: Guided Rafting & Mountain Biking Package
Combine two of our most popular guided adventures rafting the Nantahala River and mountain biking on local Tsali Trails in this full day of fun!
NOC Rafting And Ducky Kayak Rentals in North Carolina
Paddle the scenic Nantahala River at your own pace with a raft or ducky rental. Perfect for experienced paddlers and groups of any size.
Nantahala Adventure Pass with Guided Rafting
The Nantahala Adventure pass is hands-down the best value for a multi-adventure day filled with fun. Combine fully guided rafting or rentals with three other activities for a savings of over $60 per person!
Fontana Lake Kayak & SUP Rentals
Explore beautiful Fontana Lake at your own pace by way of Kayak or Stand Up Paddleboard. NOC offers both tandem and single kayak rentals so you can enjoy a peaceful trip on the lake alone or with a friend! Keep your ears open for the sound of waterfalls and your eyes peeled for signs of wildlife.
Tsali Guided Mountain Biking
Experience fun trails and scenic overlooks with a guided mountain biking tour on Tsali! Just a short drive from our main campus, guests will receive top of the line equipment, instruction and guidance along with a trailside snack!
Rinse & Repeat DiscountRaft more, save more! Book 2 NOC whitewater rafting trips on different rivers and save 10%, book 3 different rivers and save 15%, or book 4 different rivers and save 20% on your entire rafting reservation.
Stay and Play DiscountOutdoor Adventure at your doorstep! Stay 2 or more nights at NOC lodging and save 10% on outdoor activities at our 500-acre Nantahala campus. Call us to book today!
Second Activity DiscountMore adventure, more savings! Save an extra 10% when you book a second qualifying activity at our Nantahala River adventure campus.
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