Rapid Transit: Whitewater Rafting and Scenic Train Excursion

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Distance: 8 Miles

Duration: 6.5 Hours

Price: $99.99-$119.99 (includes lunch)

Age: 7+ year or

Weight Range:60+ Pounds

Intensity: Beginner

Relax and enjoy impressive mountain views on the three-hour Great Smoky Mountains Railroad train excursion from Bryson City to the Nantahala Gorge. At the NOC campus, you’ll enjoy a pleasant riverside lunch and prepare for your whitewater rafting trip with NOC’s expert guides. The two-hour rafting trip through the Nantahala’s sparkling Class II whitewater rapids is gorgeous, fast and fun. A grand finale awaits at the end, Class III Nantahala Falls, one of the nation’s most popular rapids. After the trip, rest and re-live the fun as we transport you back to your car in Bryson City.

Raft, paddles, PFD, shuttle and all necessary gear is provided. Lunch is included with this trip.




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

Directions

The Rapid Transit and Great Smoky Mountains Railroad excursions meet and depart from the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot in Bryson City, NC. Even if you are rafting the Nantahala, all train trips meet and depart from Bryson City. Transportation is provided back to Bryson City after your rafting trip.

From Asheville, NC: Take I-40 W towards Knoxville, TN. Take exit 27 onto US 74 W towards Waynesville. Continue on US 74 for 40-miles until you reach exit 67 for Bryson City. Keep right at the end of the exit ramp onto Veterans Blvd. At the first traffic light turn right onto Main Street. Take a left onto Everett Street at the next traffic light. Turn left onto Mitchell Street. Parking for Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will be on your right.

From West Atlanta: Take I-75 N to I-575 N which becomes State Hwy 5 and then Hwy 76. Past Blue Ridge, GA turn left onto Hwy 60 to Mineral Bluff, GA. In Mineral Bluff turn right onto Hwy 60 Spur. You will enter North Carolina. When the road ends take a right towards Murphy and Andrews on US 74 E. Drive through the Nantahala Gorge, passing the Nantahala River as well as the NOC Nantahala Outpost. Continue, you will meet at the Depot in Bryson City, not at the river. Take exit 67 for Bryson City. Turn left onto Veterans Blvd. At the first traffic light turn right onto Main Street. Take a left onto Everett Street at the next traffic light. Turn left onto Mitchell Street. Parking for Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will be on your right.

From East Atlanta: Take I-85 N to I-985 N. In Gainesville take 365 N to 441 N into North Carolina. Near Dillsboro, US 441 merges with US 74 W. Stay on 74 until you reach Bryson City exit 67. Bear right at the end of the exit ramp onto Veterans Blvd. At the first traffic light turn right onto Main Street. Take a left onto Everett Street at the next traffic light. Turn left onto Mitchell Street. Parking for Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will be on your right.

From Chattanooga, TN: Take I-75 N towards Cleveland. Take the first Cleveland exit (exit 20) onto Us 64 Bypass E. Continue 6 miles then take the Ocoee/Murphy exit US 64. Cross into North Carolina. In Murphy the road number changes to US 74. Drive through the Nantahala Gorge, passing the Nantahala River as well as the NOC Nantahala Outpost. Continue, you will meet at the Depot in Bryson City, not at the river. Take exit 67 for Bryson City. Turn left onto Veterans Blvd. At the first traffic light turn right onto Main Street. Take a left onto Everett Street at the next traffic light. Turn left onto Mitchell Street. Parking for Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will be on your right.

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