Nantahala Adventure Pass with Guided Rafting

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Duration: 5 - 8 Hours

Availability: Memorial Day - Labor Day

Activities: Guided Rafting, Zip Line, Flatwater Rentals, Mountain Biking

Price: $90 and up

Age: 7+

Intensity: Beginner

The Adventure Pass is only available from Memorial Day - Labor Day. Still looking for a full day of fun? Explore the trees and rivers of WNC with the River-to-Ridge trip. Just interested in rafting, check out our Nantahala Fully Guided trips or explore one of our 7 other rivers across the Southeast.

Take advantage of Nantahala Outdoor Center’s most convenient and popular multi-activity offering for a savings of close to $100 per person. The Nantahala Adventure Pass combines a fully guided whitewater-rafting trip with three other activities: the Zip Line Adventure Park, kayak and stand up paddleboard rentals on Fontana Lake and mountain biking on our campus trails. Save big with the best deal in outdoor adventure.

First, begin by selecting the time for your exciting whitewater adventure down the Nantahala River. Pick a morning raft trip for a splashy whitewater ride followed by an afternoon excursion on Fontana Lake, biking on the Flint Ridge Trail and Zip Lining at the canopy Adventure Park. 

Or… get your adrenaline fix in the morning with a mountain bike tour on NOC’s Flint Ridge Trail. Next, head to the Zip Line Adventure Park to race on the 550’ Wesser zip line. Don’t forget to take a break for a riverside lunch! Round off the day with an afternoon of bouncing waves and fast currents as your whitewater rafting guide shares information about the area’s flora, fauna and rich culture. Still need a little more? Paddle across Fontana Lake before you call it a day!

The adventure is yours for the taking, no matter how you choose to arrange this exciting portfolio of outdoor activities!

Sample Itineraries:

These are intineraries recommended by our guides -- how you schedule the Adventure Pass is completely up to you! Simply pick the time for your raft trip and spend the rest of your day exploring the other 3 activities.

Morning Raft:
  • 8:30AM: Checkin for Rafting
  • 9:00AM: Guided Rafting Trip down the Nantahala
  • 12:00PM: Return from Rafting and Grab Lunch
  • 1:30PM: Head to the Zip Line Adventure Park
  • 3:00PM: Explore Lake Fontana on a SUP or Kayak
  • 5:00PM: Cruise the Flint Ridge Trails on a Specialized Mountain Bike
Afternoon Raft:
  • 9:00AM: Arrive at the Adventure Center
  • 9:15AM: Gear Up for a Mountain Bike trip on Flint Ridge Trail
  • 11:00AM: Explore the Trees at the Zip Line Adventure Park
  • 12:00PM: Break for a Riverside Lunch at Big Wesser BBQ
  • 1:00PM: Cool off on a fully guided raft trip down the Nantahala
  • 4:00PM: Chill Out on a Stand Up Paddleboard on Lake Fontana

Guest Testimonials

Absolute Best Time Of Our Lives!

By: William W.
Henryville, IN

We are a family of 6, and had the absolute best time of our lives yesterday! The value of making memories with your kids at this place is priceless, and still affordable. I cannot say enough about the friendly staff and quality of equipment that you're able to use. Buy the day pass if you choose to go. You will not want to miss out on any of these excursions!

A Memorable Time!

By: Jake L.
Alpharetta, GA

This trip was a great 3 day getaway for the weekend. Once we arrived it was like heaven for me! The Nantahala River was beautiful as it can be! We stayed in one of the cabins that the NOC provided and it has everything you need to survive for 3 days. We did the adventure pass, which included Whitewater Rafting, Zip Lining, Mountain Biking, and pretty much everything else you can think of. We went rafting across the Nantahala River, which was my first time and it was a time I will remember. Overall, the NOC has definitely changed my perspective on outdoor wilderness and doing more things outdoors! I hope to come back very soon!! Thanks NOC for a memorable time!

Once in a Lifetime Experience

By: Mindy B.
Florence, AL

We purchased the adventure package and spent the day whitewater rafting, zip lining, and kayaking Fontana Lake. Our whitewater guides were amazing, instructive, informative, and hilarious conversationalists who really gave an extra bit of life to our run. The employees of NOC were extremely accommodating. They answered all of our questions and helped us fully enjoy our experiences, which were ALL firsts for me. I fully recommend this company. For a once in a lifetime experience with knowledgeable staff that makes you feel like part of a family, always pick NOC!

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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