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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.


December 2, 2014

NOC Sponsors 212-Mile Smoky Mountain Relay

Registration is now open through April 10 for the Southwest’s most grueling team race: The Smoky Mountain Overnight Relay to be held April 17-18, 2015. This year marks the relay’s sixth season and the fifth time NOC has co-hosted the run. Start training today!

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October 13, 2014

NOC’s Great Pumpkin Pursuit Set for October 25

Enjoy leaf season in the Smoky Mountains at Nantahala Outdoor Center’s annual NOCtoberfest event on October 25, 2014, from Noon to 5 p.m. This free, family-favorite celebration offers activities, live music and prizes for all ages to enjoy.

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September 4, 2014

NOC Recognized as Top 100 Retailer by Outdoor USA Magazine

Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) is named on of the Top 100 outdoor speciality retailers in the United States in the September issue of Outdoor USA Magazine. The magazine’s list of Top 100 Retailers recognizes the leading independent, outdoor speciality retail businesses for their outstanding work and entrepreneurial drive.

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August 15, 2014

NOC Hosts Pan American Freestyle Kayaking Championships

Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) will host the 2014 International Canoe Federation’s Canoe Freestyle Pan American Championships on the Nantahala River, near Bryson City, NC. The event will be held September 4-6 and will feature athletes from North and South America, including several medalists from last year’s World Championships.

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August 11, 2014

Nantahala Outdoor Center to Open Two Adventure Centers in Atlanta’s Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) and the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) have announced NOC will open two riverside adventure centers on the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta, GA. NOC’s Chattahoochee outposts will offer guided river trips, paddling instruction, paddlesports and specialty retail, guided fishing tours, food and beverage options, shuttle services, special events and a wide variety of watercraft rentals including kayaks, tubes, rafts and stand-up paddleboards.

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August 6, 2014

NOC Names Astral Designs Its 2014 Vendor of the Year

Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) named Astral Designs the winner of the prestigious 2014 Vendor of the Year award today at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City, UT.

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July 23, 2014

NOC Hosts 2014 Whitewater Junior Olympics August 9-11

Hosted by Nantahala Racing Club (NRC), the non-profit partner of Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC). The event will be held on the Nantahala River August 9-11 and will feature all three whitewater disciplines (freestly, slalom and downriver).

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July 18, 2014

NOC & American Whitewater Present DamNation Film Screening

Produced by Patagonia, DamNation is a documentary film that addresses America’s changing philosophies around dam construction and removal in relation to the life and health of our nation’s rivers.

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July 14, 2014

Nantahala Racing Club Competes for $25K Grant

Nantahala Outdoor Center’s (NOC) non-profit partner Nantahala Racing Club (NRC) is one of 10 finalists to receive The North Face Explore Fund Grant for 2014. Winning the $25K award would accelerate NRC’s efforts to connect underserved children with the outdoors in Western North Carolina.

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July 8, 2014

NOC Advocates Active Outdoor Lifestyle for Children

With a passion and a mission to reconnect children with nature through fun and healthy activities, Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) is unplugging kids from their electronics and giving them the opportunity to develop a lifelong appreciation for outdoor exploration, personal development and environmental stewardship.

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