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Whitewater rafting

Had a great experience whitewater rafting at NOC. The staff and guides were very helpful and made... read more

Reviewed 12 July 2015
John B
Charlotte, North Carolina
via mobile
Great staff and clean!

Did unguided rafting trip with 10 and 12 year old. My husband was guide. I had rafted several... read more

Reviewed 12 July 2015
Pamala H
Knoxville, Tennessee
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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: 08:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Bryson City, NC 28713-9165
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Reviewed 12 July 2015 via mobile

Had a great experience whitewater rafting at NOC. The staff and guides were very helpful and made it an enjoyable experience. I have been rafting on the Nantahala with other companies and the one big advantage NOC has is you finish at their center where...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 12 July 2015 via mobile

Did unguided rafting trip with 10 and 12 year old. My husband was guide. I had rafted several times. Plenty excitement for us! 90 degree day but my feet got cold. 2 good resturants with live music on the river. But travel from Knoxville tricky....More

Thank Pamala H
Reviewed 11 July 2015

Took the family on our first white water rafting trip in the Southeast. Because the weather during the July 4th weekend was cool and rainy, we were not sure that we wanted to take a rafting trip in the rain and did not commit to...More

Thank upstateaggie
Reviewed 11 July 2015

What a great day!! So much fun and a terrific lunch break to boot. The train ride / rafting tour was a highlight of our trip and something we will remember for quite a while. Out group which consisted of 5 adults 3 of whom...More

Thank GoodToGoinNJ
Reviewed 11 July 2015

We took private Stand Up Paddling (SUP) lessons from Andrew at the NOC. Making the reservations was a breeze (thank YOU Jae!). Andrew was a lovely. patient instructor and tailored the lesson to my husband and me. We began in a (warm) lake, then moved...More

Thank Kait58
Reviewed 10 July 2015

We rented "Duckies" for my son and his friend - both are 15 years of age and have some river experience with a canoe but not with any type of kayak, etc. They had a bit of instruction and were transported 8 miles up river....More

Thank EJAnderson
Reviewed 9 July 2015

The outdoor Center has something for everyone, Bikes, SUP, Rafting, Canoes, and the list goes on. Everyone is very friendly and helpful. There are enough restrooms for everyone, and many places to eat.

Thank Nancy B
Reviewed 9 July 2015 via mobile

Booked the half day fully guided ride for our family of 4 (kids are 8&10). The staff at check in was very friendly and helpful with our questions. This was the kids and my first time white water rafting. My wife has been a couple...More

Thank AlSan111
Reviewed 8 July 2015 via mobile

Awesome experience rafting. Both restaurants were great. The outfitter store is well equipped. I will definitely be going back.

Thank Elizabeth H
Reviewed 8 July 2015

For my wife's 60th birthday we decided to rent a place in the mountains with her two adult children and their friends. For entertainment we scheduled a guided raft trip down the Nantahala River. Everyone in the group had some experience rafting. The lead guide,...More

Thank garyb859
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Questions & Answers
16 October 2017|
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Response from Emily S | Reviewed this property |
You need to book. They may have slots open without booking, but I wouldn’t risk it without reserving. Very popular attraction and very busy in the Fall too!
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