Price Per Night: Starting at $39.99

Location: Nantahala River, NC

COVID-19 Notice:

Due to restrictions imposed by the State of NC’s Phase 2 reopening guidelines the shared kitchen & dining area at NOC’s basecamp will be closed until further notice. The shared bathhouse will be accessible to guests and subject to additional cleaning and sanitation. We ask that all guests in basecamp maintain recommended social distancing and strongly encourage the use of face coverings in shared spaces.

Spend the night where the Appalachian Trail hikers stay. Basecamp, our budget-friendly hostel-style lodging is located at NOC’s Nantahala River campus along the Appalachian Trail. With accommodations for up to 122 people, this is the premier location for families, large groups, and retreats. Basecamp is the ultimate home base for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers with whitewater rafting, zip-lining, mountain biking, paddling, and more at your doorstep.

Basecamp is located on the Appalachian Trail at NB mile marker 137.1 and SB mile marker 2,052.1. Special accommodations are available to hikers attempting to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail.

Handicap accessible units are available. A shared community building contains the kitchen, dining hall, charcoal grill, and individual shower stalls. Men’s and women’s community bathhouses contain showers, bathrooms, and changing areas. Bunkhouses include twin mattresses and heating and air conditioning units. Wireless internet is available in the community building. Linens, dishes, utensils, and cookware are not provided.

Bunkhouse is available nightly by the bed or per 18 bed bunkhouse.

Outpost Overview

NOC's 500-acre adventure center is located at the intersection of the Nantahala River and Appalachian Trail. 


Guest amenities include:

  • Outdoor recreation activities including rafting, kayaking, zip lines, and mountain biking
  • Three restaurants, including two on the riverfront
  • Four retail stores, including NOC's flagship Outfitter's Store
  • Rustic cabin and bunkhouse lodging for over 200
  • Terminus for the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
  • One mile of Lake Fontana frontage with lake kayak and SUP program
  • Host to over 30 annual events, from world championships to music festivals


Nantahala Outdoor Center's main campus, the Nantahala River Outpost is located in far Western North Carolina on US Highway 19. 12 miles from Bryson City and on the south side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the outpost is nestled in the Nantahala Gorge.

From Asheville, NC: Take I-40 West towards Knoxville, TN. Take exit 27 onto US 74 West towards Waynesville. Stay on 74 West, the outpost is 50 miles down this road. 8 miles past Bryson City, the 4-lane will split into two 2-lane roads. Stay on 74, the left lane. You will enter the Nantahala Gorge and after 5-miles you see the Nantahala River and NOC's Nantahala Outpost.

From Gatlinburg, TN: Take 441 South through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and through Cherokee. Just past Cherokee, get on 74 West. After 15 miles, the road will split into two 2-lane roads. Stay on 74 W, the left lane, and continue the 5-milts to the NOC Nantahala Outpost.

From East Atlanta: Take I-85 North to I-985 North. At Gainesville, take 365 North to 441 North. Just past Dillsboro, NC, 441 merges with US 74. 8 miles past Bryson City, the 4-lane splits into two 2-lane roads. Stay on 74, the left lane. Continue 5-miles and arrive at the NOC Nantahala Outpost.

From West Atlanta: Take I-75 North to I-575 North. I-575 becomes State Hwy 5, and then Hwy 76. Stay on this road until Blue Ridge, GA where you turn left onto Hwy 60 towards Mineral Bluff, GA. In Mineral Bluff, turn right onto Hwy 60 Spur. Follow it into North Carolina to US 74 East, turning right towards Murphy and Andrews when the road ends. Stay on 74 East, NOC's Nantahala Outpost is 20-miles past Andrews. You will follow the Nantahala River for the last 8-miles.

From Chattanooga, TN: Take I-75 North towards Cleveland, TN. Take the 1st Cleveland exit, the US 64 Bypass Exit. Go 6-miles and take the Ocoee Exit onto US 64 East towards Murphy, NC. In Murphy the road number changes to US 74. Stay on 74 East, NOC's Nantahala Outpost is 20-miles past Andrews. You will follow the Nantahala River for the last 8-miles.

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