Nolichucky Gorge Rafting: Full-Day (with Lunch)

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Distance: 8.5 Miles

Duration: 4-7 Hours (depending on water level)

Price: Tailored for custom groups. Call for information.

Age: 12+ Years

Intensity: Intermediate

Set deep within the Unaka Mountains in the steepest gorge east of the Mississippi, the Nolichucky River offers up 8.5 miles of prime whitewater rafting. The trip starts strong with its biggest Class III-IV rapids in the first 3 miles, including the long, technical Class IV rapid, “Quarter Mile.” The full-day trips feature a unique rafting-style riverside lunch where you’ll relive the morning’s excitement and refuel for the second half of the trip. NOC’s expert guides run the smallest, most-intimate rafting trips on the Nolichucky River so you can fully enjoy the experience. Close to Asheville, NC and Johnson City, NC.

NOC provides all necessary gear and equipment.


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Outpost Overview

NOC's Nolichucky Outpost in Erwin, TN is a cool oasis of shade on the banks of the Nolichucky River. Since our outpost is at the takeout, you ride a bus only once

Onsite facilities include: 

  • Clean restrooms
  • Private changing facilities
  • Hot showers
  • Riverside sauna
  • Picnic tables
  • Outpost store with t-shirts, snacks, drinks, sunblock and other sundries
  • Digital slideshow of your rafting trip

Directions

All Nolichucky River trips depart from our Nolichucky River Outpost, located near the North Carolina and Tennessee border, off I-26, just outside of Erwin, TN. 

From Johnson City: Take I-26 E. Just beyond Erwin, TN take Exit 40 (Old Exit 15), the Jackson-Love Hwy. Go to the stop sign, turn left and then turn right in front of Riverview Baptist Church. Go 0.7 miles to turn left onto River Road. At the next stop sign, turn left onto Chestoa Road. Immediately after crossing the river, turn right onto Jones Branch Road and follow it for 1.2 miles. Make a sharp right, and go past another company's property to reach our NOC Nolichucky meeting place.

From Asheville: From I-240, take exit 19/23N (Future I-26 West) toward Johnson City, TN. Cross into Tennessee. Just before Erwin, take Exit 40 (Old Exit 15), Jackson-Love Hwy. Go to the stop sign, turn right and then right again in front of Riverview Baptist Church. Go 0.7 miles to turn left onto River Road. At the next stop sign, turn left onto Chestoa Road. Immediately after crossing the river, turn right onto Jones Branch Road and follow it for 1.2 miles. Make a sharp right, and go past another company's property to reach our NOC Nolichucky meeting place.

From Knoxville: Take I-40 East to I-81 North. Take I-81 North to I-26 East. Just beyond Erwin, TN take Exit 40 (Old Exit 15), Jackson-Love Hwy. Go to the stop sign, turn left and then turn right in front of Riverview Baptist Church. Go 0.7 miles to turn left onto River Road. At the next stop sign, turn left onto Chestoa Road. Immediately after crossing the river, turn right onto Jones Branch Road and follow it for 1.2 miles. Make a sharp right, and go past another company's property to reach our NOC Nolichucky meeting place.

Call 828-214-7228