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Lodging leaves a lot to be desired- Fixable though

Stayed in both a 2 person bunk room and then King bed "hotel" type room in Dogwood. Bunk room... read more

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Jon R
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Dayton, Ohio
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Great place for day time adventures from water sports to just chilling this place is so relaxing... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Funadventures2do
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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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.
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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13077 Highway 19 W, Bryson City, NC 28713-9165
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Reviewed yesterday

Stayed in both a 2 person bunk room and then King bed "hotel" type room in Dogwood. Bunk room: Hostel type, shares common dorm type bathroom and kitchen areas. Bunk room itself appeared as if it had not been cleaned in months. Smelly, very dirty....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for day time adventures from water sports to just chilling this place is so relaxing. Night time makes for a nice moon lite walk Fun for all ages

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a great weekend we just had! Went down to Nantahala Outdoor Center April '18 with some old buds to spend a weekend in the great outdoors with a heavy dose of adventure and we couldn't have picked a better spot! From the on-site accommodations,...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A lot of real life hikers and campers. I really felt like Camp Crystal Lake was right around the bend.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

So enjoyed my weekend at Nantahala! The accommodations, the staff, the view, rafting...it was wonderful!

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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Had a great time. Joe was professional funny informative best guide ever. Also have zip lining live outdoor music and restaurant on site.

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Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

We had a great day on the river! Thank you NOC for setting us up with all the right gear for the chilly water. We all had fun!

Thank Martin S
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

Go rent or use your own raft or canoe.This place really charges a lot for such an easy river.You do not need a guide.The people at NOC want you to think they own the river but they don’t.There are several place around that will rent...More

Thank Carl G
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

Unforgettablle. First day a guide introduced me to the river and the history of the area, including the tragic Trail of Tears of the Cherokee nation. Then a week of whitewater kayaking learning the skills that allowed me to safely experience so many of the...More

Thank Conroynaas
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

NOC has the best location on the river, Food, stores, all right at the takeout,, NOC used to be the premo outfitter in the gorge but over the years they have become more like other outfitters in the area, a business thats gets them in...More

Thank Plpnnc
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Erica C
13 April 2018|
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Response from Jan W | Property representative |
Hey Erica -- If you are looking for more info on our Paddling School courses, give our Paddling School a ring at 828.785.5020. If you are interested in chatting about our rafting trips, or other adventures, you can give... More
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JLBS_12
16 October 2017|
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Response from Jan W | Property representative |
Hey @jboring12 -- I would definitely pre-book our Mountaintop Zipline trip, especially in the fall. If it is just 2 people you may be able to get a last minute booking, but you risk running into no availability. Looking... More
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cooleymelody
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.
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