Rapids on the Nantahala River Rafting


Nantahala River, NC

Nantahala Outdoor Center’s main campus is perfectly positioned where the Appalachian Trail meets the Nantahala River, just a stone’s throw from the Great Smoky Mountains. An ultimate destination for those passionate about the outdoors since 1972, our 500-acre campus offers a vast array of activities to keep your group entertained, whether you’re visiting for a day or planning an extended stay.

  • 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.
  • 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

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Outdoor 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!
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