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Best in NC!

Wonderful day of white water kayaking on the Nantahala River! Morning was training on a lake and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Atlanta, Georgia
via mobile
We ❤️ Duckies

We enjoyed the single inflatable kayaks so much that we cancelled our guided tour and scheduled... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Rogersville, Missouri
via mobile
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Nantahala Outdoor Center is one of the nation’s largest outdoor recreation companies. Over a million guests visit NOC annually to embark on a diverse collection of more than 120 different whitewater rafting and land-based itineraries. Learn to kayak at NOC’s world-renowned Paddling School, soar through the trees on NOC's multiple zip lines, travel to foreign countries with NOC’s Adventure Travel program, test the latest outdoor gear and shop at our three LEED-certified flagship retail stores or enjoy NOC’s resort amenities such as our three restaurants and multi-tiered lodging. Why do more people choose NOC than any other whitewater outfitter in the world? It's because of our experience, unparalleled in the industry. 22 Olympians, including two Gold Medalists, have called NOC home. NOC has been recognized by The New York Times as the “Nation's Premiere Paddling School,” “The Best Place to Learn” by Outside, and as “One of the Best Outfitters on Earth” by National Geographic ADVENTURE. Trust NOC to provide you with the outdoor experience of your lifetime.
  • Excellent84%
  • Very good12%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“the river” (274 reviews)
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 20:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Bryson City, NC 28713-9165
+1 888-726-4153
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Wonderful day of white water kayaking on the Nantahala River! Morning was training on a lake and afternoon was real kayaking with expert guides. Definitely do the full day and lunch is covered. Thanks to Mark and Eli for a great day.

Thank MarkButt
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed the single inflatable kayaks so much that we cancelled our guided tour and scheduled another Duckie excursion. We are 49, 45, and 20 years of age. If we had smaller children, doubles or raft would likely be better. Nice place to visit.

Thank Ourtrips2002
Reviewed 5 days ago

Mr Sutton Bacon's (CEO) NOC customer service leadership is not empowered in working with reasonable requests / clients in her role.not the best listener and works under the premise that her and her staff are always right and policy is policy without consideration for customer...More

Thank terrymA2211QN
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is an awesome organization with about 8 different outposts for different activities and different levels of activities. Intro Whitewater rafting is here. other sites take it up a notch at a time. The guides are all awesome as they entertain and keep you safe...More

Thank onemichael
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Wonderful half day rafting with lunch along the way. Jacob is a great guide with lots of stories of being a guide in Africa and South America. Trip well run.....lots of fun

Thank Cathy C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I came here for the first time to take my wilderness first responder with SOLO. I love the NOC it's Pet friendly, and it's got a fun atmosphere with SO much to do! Definitely a great place for outdoor fun.

Thank Morgan K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Experience was an 11, on a scale of 1 to 10. Guides and organization, views and food. Jerry's white water rafting was excellent; appreciated the history and perspective Sam Walters & Perry gave us an excellent zip lining experience. Lots of humor, good times, and...More

Thank SEbiztraveler2
Reviewed 1 week ago

The process was efficient. (Although look out for parking, get there early) check in was easy without problems (booked tickets over the phone in advance). The guides were very knowledgeable and helped us to have a safe and memorable trip. I intend to return soon!

Thank Plato222
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just got back from the NOC and purchased the adventure pass. We had a great time rafting with KK (KK jr. is sore today :-). The whole team is great and they make you feel right at home. Ropes course was fun and zip line...More

Thank loves2travel6
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome trip, cold water, great guide Shopac. The staff were very helpful and informative. The registration was easy with one phone call. They followed up with several very good email updates.

Thank Victor K
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Questions & Answers
14 July 2017|
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Response from Rachel R | Reviewed this property |
I stayed in cashiers at High Hampton Inn, but that is about an hour away from NOC. I'm not sure about any other places to stay.
gary a
11 May 2017|
Response from Jan W | Property representative |
Hi Gary, thanks for reaching out. We do offer a "Stay & Play" discount of 10% off rafting and zip lines when combining a booking with our onsite lodging. Give us a ring tomorrow to activate the discount, our reservations... More