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Favorite Family Friendly Adventures

July 7, 2021
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School is out – now what? We’ve got a line up of favorite family friendly adventures that are the perfect way for you to spend the day. Or more!

Nantahala Fully Guided

Nantahala Fully Guided Rafting

This half-day guided whitewater rafting adventure satisfies both beginner and experienced whitewater paddlers. Offering splashy Class I-II rapids along the popular Nantahala River and a Class III grand finale at Nantahala Falls, this trip is easily the most popular adventure at Nantahala Outdoor Center.

So, who can participate? This trip is fun for kids ages 7 and up (or, kids that weigh at least 60 pounds). Expect to learn fun facts about the Nantahala River and enjoy a few punny jokes from your guide!

Lower Pigeon River

Lower Pigeon River Rafting

Have younger children? This relaxing, scenic float trip with gorgeous views of the Great Smoky Mountains offers plenty of swimming holes and opportunities to create your own splashes! Water toys are available and our knowledgeable and highly-trained guides will make sure the trip is fun for the whole family. Kids ages 3 and up love this Lower Pigeon River trip!

Boy zip lining

Zip Line Adventure Park

Interested in testing out some aerial adventures? NOC’s Zip Line Adventure Park is a multi-level high ropes course with a dual zip line entry, giving you the chance to challenge friends and family on 16 different obstacles. The weight limit is 60-250 pounds, making it fun for all ages!


Paddling School Instructor Teaching Intro Course

Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking

This is a full-day course that’s perfect for anyone interested in learning the basics of whitewater kayaking! Spend time learning basic strokes, boat control, and safety maneuvering before heading to a skill-appropriate section of river to put your new skills to work. This course is a blast for anyone ages 8 and up with a participating adult!

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