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.
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!
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!
Nantahala River Raft & Duck 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.
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