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Nantahala Outdoor Center

13077 Highway 19 W, Bryson City, NC 28713-9165
+1 828-366-7502
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Great location

NOC has the best location on the river, Food, stores, all right at the takeout,, NOC used to be the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Bryson City, North Carolina
Shane is on the ball

Shane was helpful and had the presence of mind to check my ID with my credit card purchase. (I use... read more

Reviewed 21 December 2017
Mark B
Murdo, South Dakota
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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” (283 reviews)
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13077 Highway 19 W, Bryson City, NC 28713-9165
+1 828-366-7502
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 21 December 2017

Shane was helpful and had the presence of mind to check my ID with my credit card purchase. (I use "CHECK ID" on the back of my card instead of a signature.)

Thank Mark B
Reviewed 25 November 2017

This place is about 10 or 11 miles from Bryson City, NC, but I highly recommend the drive. I was there in November, but I could see the beauty and what a wonderful warm weather destination it would be if you love the mountains and...More

Thank Greg H
Reviewed 23 November 2017

Came here to do one of their white water rafting trips. Had a blast. Friendly staff from the check-in to the guide. Whitewater trip itself was great fun. Wish we had more time as they offer a discount on a second trip on the same...More

Thank Eric_ski_and_bike
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

We had about a 45 minute stop here on the train ride. They had a couple different restaurants & an outdoor shop. And there were a lot of people rafting & kayaking on the river that day.

Thank Ann R
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

Very nice area. Cool to watch people kayak the rapids. People friendly. Just a beautiful place to visit or stop by.

Thank Angie J
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Nice shop. Stopped here to get toothbrush. Watched kayaker. Too cold for us. Pretty area. Check out person was nice.

Thank Paula421
Reviewed 23 October 2017

I only went into the store (I didn't take part in any of their activities). From a shopping perspective, the store is ok. I think it is best for those that are really into white water rafting. There is a restaurant on the property and...More

Thank npotter2017
Reviewed 23 October 2017

My husband and I took a guided rafting trip down the Nantahala River. Each person we met who worked for the NOC was polite and helpful. Jamie was our raft guide. She was very knowledgeable, patient and friendly. The gear provided was in good condition...More

Thank Patrice S
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

After many years of no exposure to white water, I was apprehensive that it might not be exciting. It was exciting, fun and wet. If you want the most excitement, sit in the front of the raft. Good for all ages under 75. Maybe not...More

Thank cary n
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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
13 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
10 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