Mountaintop Zip Line Tour

Duration: 3-4 Hours

Price: From $100

Age: 10+ Years

Weight Range:100-250 Pounds

Soar high above the Nantahala River Gorge and the North Carolina mountains. NOC aerial guides lead your group through two miles of unique mountain-to-mountain zip lines, that get you out of the forest and into the open air. Enjoy panoramic views of our remote 400-acre Townhouse Creek Property, Fontana Lake and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The highlight of the trip is the heart-stopping half-mile Mega Zip where you experience almost 1-minute of flying, 350' above the forest floor. This is a premium zip line tour with expert guides near Bryson City, NC. 

What our Guests are Saying:

Guest Testimonials

We Had an Incredible Experience!

By: Susan M.
Greenville, SC

I purchased the Mountaintop Zip Line Adventure for my husband for our anniversary. Our guides were Sam and Hannah who were the best!! We had an incredible experience! I was very apprehensive being somewhat fearful of heights and sailing across the trees, but knowing safety was at the forefront made it much easier. As a cancer survivor, this was a bucket list item for me. I highly recommend it!


The Greatest Place for Zip Lining

By: Cindy S.
Plant City, FL

This is the greatest place for zip lining. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. The way they set up pre-registration was awesome- we got there and went straight to getting our gear. They wanted you to have fun, but they take safety seriously. The Mountaintop Zip Lining was amazing. We will be back.


Do NOT Pass This Up!

By: Melanie W.
Moncks Corner, SC

My husband and I had a great time whitewater rafting! Then we came back two days later to do the Mountaintop Zip Line. It was A BLAST!!!! Seriously, do NOT pass this up! Our guides were sooooo great!! They were super knowledgeable and really made us feel comfortable. We look forward to coming back and doing both again!

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. If you are on a Rapid Transit rafting/train excursions, the meeting place is in Bryson City at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot.

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 4.3-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 4.3-miles 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 4.3-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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