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

Train Excursions

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