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Looking For Cabins In The Nantahala National Forest?

May 10, 2024

If you’re looking for a cozy getaway surrounded by nature’s beauty, come check out the cabin rentals at Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC).

Lodging on this 500-acre riverside campus is tucked away in the gorgeous Nantahala National Forest, just a stone’s throw from the quaint town of Bryson City, North Carolina.

Image of a cabin in the Nantahala National Forest.
Looking For Cabins In The Nantahala National Forest?

These cabins offer the best of both worlds—a rustic feel with all the modern comforts you need for a relaxing retreat in the great outdoors. They’re the perfect spot to unwind and reconnect with nature.

Explore the Enchanting Nantahala National Forest

Spanning over 531,000 acres, it’s a haven for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. This place has it all – from dense forests to breathtaking waterfalls. It’s like stepping into a whole new world of natural beauty.

You can spend your days hiking through scenic trails, fishing in pristine streams, or simply soaking in the tranquil atmosphere. There’s something here for everyone, just waiting to be discovered.

A beautiful cabin in the woods at the resort of Nantahala Outdoor Center.

Indulge in Comfortable Cabin Accommodations

Our cabin rentals offer a cozy retreat in the Nantahala National Forest. Each cabin is designed for convenience and relaxation with features like fireplaces, decks, and kitchens. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or a family trip, our accommodations promise a memorable stay in the heart of nature.

Inside of a cabin at the Nantahala Outdoor Center.

Experience Thrilling Outdoor Adventures

Ready for some excitement? At NOC, adventure is right at your fingertips. The Nantahala River is famous for its fun and splashy whitewater rafting, giving you an adrenaline rush against the backdrop of the beautiful forest. If you prefer a more laid-back vibe, Lake Fontana is perfect for kayaking, paddleboarding, or just chilling out in nature’s peaceful embrace.

FAQ: Your Guide to Nantahala National Forest

Where Is The Nantahala National Forest?

Situated in the western region of North Carolina, the Nantahala National Forest spans across multiple counties, including Swain, Macon, Jackson, and Cherokee, offering easy access from nearby cities such as Asheville and Charlotte.

Paddlers taking on the Nantahala River in inflatable duckies.

Can You Camp Anywhere In The Nantahala National Forest?

While camping is permitted in designated campgrounds throughout the forest, backcountry camping is also available in select areas with the appropriate permits, providing adventurers with the opportunity to immerse themselves fully in the natural splendor of the region. NOC offers platform tent camping, car and van camping in designated areas just a short walk to the river, Appalachian Trail and amenities.

Are Dogs Allowed In Nantahala National Forest?

Yes, dogs are welcome in most areas of the Nantahala National Forest, provided they are kept on a leash and their owners adhere to responsible pet ownership practices to preserve the integrity of the natural environment.

A beautiful pup sitting pridefully in a chair in front of the Nantahala River.

How Cold Is The Nantahala River?

Water temperatures in the Nantahala River can vary depending on the season, with summer temperatures typically ranging from 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, providing a refreshing respite from the heat during your rafting adventures.

How Far Is The Nantahala Forest From Asheville?

Nantahala is located approximately 90 miles southwest of Asheville, offering a scenic drive of around two hours through the picturesque landscapes of western North Carolina.

What Should I Wear While Whitewater Rafting The Nantahala?

For your white water rafting excursion on the Nantahala River, it’s recommended to wear lightweight, quick-drying clothing along with sturdy water shoes or sandals. Sun protection, including sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses, is also essential to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience on the water.

The beautiful mountain range in the Nantahala National Forest.

Discover The Nantahala National Forest

Step away from the usual routine and dive into the wonders of the Nantahala National Forest with cabin rentals from Nantahala Outdoor Center. Reserve your spot now and get ready to soak up the peace and excitement of this amazing wilderness escape.


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