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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.


May 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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May 11, 2016

Michal Smolen Becomes Nantahala Outdoor Center’s 23rd Olympic Athlete

When Team U.S.A. marches into the Olympic stadium this summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympic Games, Michal Smolen will become NOC’s 23rd Olympian in the sport of Whitewater Canoe Slalom.

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February 15, 2016

Embark on Adventure in 2016

Nantahala Outdoor Center is all set for an unforgettable 2016. From ultimate river families establishing annual rafting traditions to Olympic hopefuls preparing for Rio this summer, there’s a story to tell around every bend.

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July 15, 2015

NOC Hosts ICF Junior & U23 Wildwater Canoeing World Championships, August 2-7

Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) will host the 2015 International Canoe Federation’s Junior and U23 Wildwater Canoeing World Championships, August 2-7 on the Nantahala River. The event will be the premier competitive paddling event in the United States this summer, featuring 140 athletes ranging in age from 15 to 23 years old. Fifteen countries will be represented, with many paddlers coming from Europe and as far as Australia. To learn more about the Wildwater sport and the event download the pdf.

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