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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...more
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13077 Highway 19 W, Bryson City, NC 28713-9165
+1 828-366-7502
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 9 July 2008

This was a Life Changing Experience for The Novice. One thing you quickly learn is Your Guide will Make or Break your Rafting Adventure. We were lucky enough to choose bearded Mountain Man "Nathan" (girls, watchout) with NOC Tours for our Journey Into the Unknown....More

4  Thank BentleyBoy
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 22 August 2010

I have used N.O.C. for several years. I have run the Nantahala five times w/ NOC the French Broad once and Chatooga Section 4 once. Each time the experience was incredible except for this time. N.O.C while having exceptional equipment has gone commercial.. It has...More

13  Thank TheCTO
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was here for the 1hr layover while on the Great Smoky Mountain Railway. The river was my highlight, fascinating how they release the dam many miles up stream each morning at 9am, then by 12noon here the water level is much higher. I did notice...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was a lot of fun. London and Mark B were awesome and very knowledgeable about the area. I would recommend

Thank woolsey2002
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Spent 5 nights in the cabins and 4 days learning to paddle better, experiencing different boats and hiking nearby. Great instructors, fun water! Will return.

Thank Martine P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed the trip very much. The guides were excellent. They did a great job of helping my family feel safe and have a great adventure at the same time.

Thank Sharon B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Three grandchildren, 15, 13 and 9, their parents and grandparents filled one raft with a guide. One grandchild and her mother were very nervous about the adventure but both loved it and were ready to move up to a more advanced trip next time. Our...More

Thank letiadg1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Rafting companies come and go in the Nantahala gorge but one continues to prosper and offers the highest quality experience. The NOC has the most experienced and trained guides and top quality equipment. Why settle for less?

Thank Paul M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

EXCELLENT...From lodging at the Dogwood Motel to the experience with guide Jonathan. Well organized, entertaining.

Thank janbickley0321
Reviewed 8 October 2018

I give NOC basecamp a "D" for dump. the bathrooms were dirty and the trash can in the bath was full. the stairs are in desperate need of repair and could not be traveled at night wo flashlight. the bunk was moldy. NOC charges a...More

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Reviewed 7 October 2018

I had been there 15 years ago for whitewater kayaking lessons and I was anxious to return. I finally did last month. The NOC is still a high quality organization with exceptional people. Great experience, highly recommended!

Thank Armrod
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

This river is extremely fun. It's fast, bumpy, and great for learning whitewater! Might want to take out above the falls if your skill set isn't where it should be.

Thank Gary V
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5 August 2018|
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Response from Bob S | Reviewed this property |
They will put you in a boat with others do not worry. Also they will safely hold your keys. They are all about fun, safety and convenience
18 July 2018|
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Response from Nathan S | Reviewed this property |
We did the 3pm. Water is very cold so the heat of the day might be best.
7 June 2018|
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Response from Jan W | Property representative |
Hey Kimberly -- For our Mountain Top Zip Line Tour, the acceptable weight range is between 100 - 250 pounds. Typically we are not running trips in December (due to the weather), although in a particularly nice year we may... More
Erica C
12 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
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