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Press Releases

From new venues, seasonal openings, events, awards, and more! Browse through our announcements and press releases to see what’s new from the Leaders in Outdoor Adventure.


September 9, 2021



Bryson City, N.C. (Sept. 9, 2021)— Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC), the Leaders in Outdoor Adventure since 1972, announced today the launch of its new international adventure travel tours beginning spring 2022 in celebration of its 50th anniversary season. Starting now, outdoor enthusiasts can plan trips abroad, including activities that NOC is well known for and more, in countries all over the world.

NOC will kick off its international travel program in 2022 with 12 trips that offer varying itineraries available for ages six and up with activities ranging in skill level from beginner to expert. The all-inclusive excursions are fully planned and led by experienced guides and include everything from the adventure and gear to the lodging and meals, with the exception of flights. Due to partnerships with local guides and hosts in each region, these trips offer intimate and authentic experiences with smaller groups, off-the-beaten-path excursions and unique accommodations. This makes for an accessible approach to adventure travel, where guests can confidently navigate and experience some of the most beautiful places on Earth without feeling like a tourist.

With NOC’s 50 years of adventure experience, trips have options including multi-sport itineraries and a range of specific adventure activities, like whitewater rafting, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, paragliding and horseback riding. Non-adventure activities include unique cultural experiences, bear viewings, safaris, wine tastings and farm to table meals.

To book an NOC international adventure trip and learn more, visit noc.com/international.

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May 13, 2021

Nantahala Outdoor Center Reopens Adventures with Expanded Offerings

The Outfitter Welcomes Guests Back with New Venues, Courses, and Events for the 2021 Season

Bryson City, N.C. (May 13, 2021)— Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC), the Leaders in Outdoor Adventure, has opened for its 50th season with river and aerial adventures along with new food and beverage venues, and courses on their 500-acre Bryson City campus. The full range of land and water activities include guided whitewater rafting, ducky and raft rentals, mountain top zip line tours, mountain biking, and multiple ropes courses for patrons. The Outfitter has also opened their other outpost locations for trips on the French Broad, Chattooga, Ocoee, Pigeon, and Chattahoochee Rivers seeing exponentially increasing demand. Read more by downloading the full release.

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May 5, 2021

NOC Announces Colin McBeath as New Company President

Bryson City, N.C. (May 5, 2021)— Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC), the Southeast’s Leader in Outdoor Adventure announced that Colin McBeath has been named the new company President.

McBeath has over 20 years of service in the hospitality and activity/recreation industry worldwide. He is a career hospitality executive with experience in the United States, as well as Canada and Asia managing luxury properties, airlines, hotel chains, and resorts.

McBeath most recently served as the CEO of the Grand Canyon Resort Corporation in Arizona, hosting 1.3 million visitors annually worldwide. While there he managed a large rafting operation on the Colorado River, zip line courses, land-based adventures, retail department, lodging, and 12 Food and beverage locations throughout resort.

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March 22, 2021

Nantahala Outdoor Center Announces Relia’s Lost Kitchen Pop-Up Dinner Series

Bryson City, N.C. (March 22, 2021)— Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) will host a series of exclusive pop-up dinner events from May through October 2021 at their Bryson City location where the original Relia’s Garden Restaurant served patrons for many years. Relia’s Lost Kitchen will feature multiple course dinners with pairings from renowned wine and bourbon producers, as well as local craft mead and beer makers.

The first of the series kicks off on May 22 with a five-course dinner paired with the Orin Swift Cellars portfolio of wines from California. Doors open at 6:00PM with the dinner beginning at 6:30PM.

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July 1, 2020

Roswell City Parks Welcome New Riverside Outdoor Adventure Business

Atlanta, GA — Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC), one of the nation’s largest outdoor outfitters, will open the doors to its newest location in Roswell, GA beginning June 20th, 2020. A small, RSVP-only “first launch” will be held Wednesday June 24th with VIPs, local officials and media representatives. The opening of river and land based activities within the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area marks the 8th adventure operation for the outfitter across the Southeast and the second expansion within the greater Atlanta, GA market.

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April 1, 2020

Nantahala Outdoor Center, Corporate Partners, Establish Coronavirus Employee Relief Fund

Bryson City, NC — Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) announced the creation of an Employee Relief Fund to address immediate and critical employee hardship caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Working in partnership with Coca-Cola Consolidated (Coke), the NOC Employee Relief Fund is a combination of Nantahala Outdoor Center funding, corporate partner sponsorship and elective employee donations.

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February 1, 2020

Nantahala Outdoor Center Announces Spring 2020 Events

Bryson City, NC — Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) has released its 2020 Spring Event series, including classics like the Merrell Adventure Dash and Spring Fling as well as special events such as the ICF Wildwater World Championships and the Woman’s Paddlefest. Join NOC this spring for family-friendly outdoor-oriented events in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

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January 1, 2020

Nantahala Outdoor Center Selected as Roswell Riverside Concessionaire

Atlanta, GA — Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) will be opening a new location in Roswell, Georgia in Spring 2020, bringing a new approach to community-based outdoor activities, rentals, and education along the Chattahoochee River. The concession, awarded by the City of Roswell Parks & Recreation Department and approved by Roswell City Council on January 13th, 2020, will be located at Azalea Park and Don White Memorial Park along the Chattahoochee River corridor.

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October 1, 2017

Nantahala Racing Club Wins American Canoe Association’s 2016 Stroke of Achievement Award

Bryson City, NC — Nantahala Racing Club, Western North Carolina’s incubator for aspiring paddlesports athletes, earned recognition by the American Canoe Association for “superior performance and program development” among ACA-affiliated clubs nationwide.

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August 30, 2016

Nantahala Outdoor Center’s Fall 2016 Event Line-Up

Gather at the river for the year’s best festivals, races & whitewater paddling.

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