Outdoor Activities

Enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains with one of NOC's Outdoor Adventures. With a variety of options you can decide your exertion level. Sit back and relax while gliding over Fontana Lake and through Nantahala National Forest and the Nantahala Gorge. Take an easy paddle in stable recreational kayaks or Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) whilst exploring stunning Fontana Lake. Or go for an adrenaline-pumping mountain bike ride at renowned Tsali Recreation Area or NOC's Flint Ridge Trail. NOC's Outdoor Adventures are the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors and views of the Great Smoky Mountains and Western North Carolina.

Guided Fontana Lake Tour

Bryson City, NC

Duration: 3-4 Hours

Price: $39.99 - $54.99

Age: 4+ Years

Paddle your own boat on Lake Fontana with instructional and interpretive assistance from an NOC expert guide. Learn More

Fontana Lake Kayak, Canoe & SUP Rentals

Bryson City, NC

Duration: 2 Hours

Price: $29.99 per person

Age: 4+ Years for Kayak & Canoe, 8+ Years for SUP

Lake Fontana Kayak and SUP rentals enable you to explore the lake at your own pace. Find waterfalls, see wildlife and improve your paddling. Learn More

Mountain Biking

Bryson City, NC

Price: $39.99-$59.99

Rent a mountain bike and hit the trails. Ride at the nearby Tsali trail system or at NOC’s on-premise Flint Ridge Trail. Learn More

Great Smoky Mountain & Nantahala Train Trips

Bryson City, NC

Duration: 4+ Hours

Price: Starting at $51.00

Starting Location: Bryson City, NC

Ride the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. The popular passenger train offers multiple scenic trips, including a Nantahala Gorge Excursion. Learn More

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Guided-Hiking Trips

Experience the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with family-friendly guided hiking excursions. Learn More

Guided Waterfall Hike

Bryson City, NC

Duration: 2 hours

Price: Call for Group Pricing

Discover the 40' waterfall hidden on NOC's campus! Your guide will explain the history of Nantahala Gorge and point out native flora and… Learn More

Adventure Mud Race

Bryson City, NC

Duration: 1.5 hours

Price: Call for Pricing

Age: 8+

Crawl, run and jump through obstacles to help your team win the Adventure Race. There is no shortage of mud and smiles at the finish line! Learn More

Adventure Travel

NOC has led international adventure vacations for over 30 years, visiting 40 countries including Chile, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. Learn More

Treetop Adventure Nets

Bryson City, NC

Duration: All Day Pass

Price: $14.99 / Day

Age: Any (Recommended 3+)

Intensity: Beginner

Explore the nation's first 100% net-based aerial playground. Now available for ages 2+. Learn More

Nantahala Adventure Pass with Guided Rafting

Bryson City, NC

Duration: 5 - 8 Hours

Availability: Memorial Day - Labor Day

Activities: Guided Rafting, Zip Line, Flatwater Rentals, Mountain Biking

Price: $79.99 and up

Age: 7+

Intensity: Beginner

The Nantahala Adventure pass is hands-down the best value for a day filled with fun. Combine fully guided rafting with 3 other activities for… Learn More

Nantahala Adventure Pass with Raft or Duck Rentals

Bryson City, NC

Duration: 5 - 8 Hours

Availability: Memorial Day - Labor Day

Activities: Raft or Duck Rental, Zip Line, Flatwater Rentals, Mountain Biking

Price: $59.99 and up

Age: 7+

Intensity: Intermediate

Captain your own raft or inflatable kayak and enjoy 4 of NOC's most popular activities including the Zip Line Adventure Park, mountain biking… Learn More