Nantahala Outdoor Center

The nation's largest outdoor recreation company!

10% Retail and Rafting

Whether you are looking for an easy cruise down the river or something with a higher intensity level, there is something for all levels of whitewater rafters!

Nantahala Outdoor Center is the nation's largest outdoor recreation company! Over a million guests visit NOC annually to embark on a diverse collection of more than 120 different river and land-based itineraries. NOC offers a vast variety of trips to choose from - you can be sure that your thirst for adventure is always quenched! Whitewater rafting, world-class paddling instruction, a leadership institute for wilderness medicine & river rescue, and a mountaintop zip line course are just a few adventures you can choose from at Nantahala Outdoor Center. NOC even offers shopping for outdoor gear, apparel, and souvenirs at the Grove Park Inn, NOC Gatlinburg, and the Wesser Outfitter's Store!

North Carolina's beautiful Nantahala River offers river rafting through family-friendly rapids that are both mild & exciting! NOC's 500-acre adventure center offers whitewater rafting, four aerial and zip line activities, mountain biking on nine miles of private trails, and even stand-up paddle boarding on Lake Fontana. In between activities, shop at the flagship Outfitter's Store, eat at one of two riverfront restaurants, or relax at one of the cabins adjoining the Appalachian Trail!

Drive just down the road to the French Broad River for family-friendly rafting near Asheville! Here, you will explore the third-oldest river in the world, located deep in the rigged Pisgah National Forest. Not only will you learn about the rich history of the river, but you will be exposed to abundant wildlife, including heron & kingfishers, bald eagles, and even an occasional black bear!

Featuring non-stop excitement on America's Olympic River - rafting on the Ocoee River in Cleveland, Tennessee is synonymous with big waves, warm water, and continuous action! Nantahala Outdoor Center offers two trips on the Ocoee, with the most popular being an action-packed half-day trip featuring five miles of continuous Class III-IV rapids. The most exciting trip, perhaps, is the full-day Ocoee rafting trip. This combines the traditional Middle Ocoee trip with the Class IV Ocoee Olympic Whitewater Center - site of the 1996 Olympics!

Flowing along the northern border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, the Big Pigeon River features splashy waves with continuous action! NOC offers rafting trips on two sections of the Pigeon. For many families, rafting in the Pigeon Gorge is the highlight of their Smoky Mountain vacation! The Upper Pigeon provides a full dose of Class III excitement and Smoky Mountain scenery in just three short hours. For families with children three & up, the Lower Pigeon is the perfect float trip with gentle rapids, swimming holes, and beautiful scenery. Don't forget to stop by the NOC Gatlinburg Retail store to pick up a souvenir!

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Nantahala Outdoor Center has been recognized by a multitude of media outlets-including Good Morning America, The New York Times, Outside, and National Geographic Adventure!

Nantahala Outdoor Center


Phone Number: (828) 785-4855

Address: 1138 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Chimani Perks Discount: 10% Retail and Rafting