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“White Water Rafting - Take the Kids!”

Nantahala Outdoor Center
Ranked #13 of 16 things to do in Hartford
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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 and up, the Lower Pigeon is the perfect float trip with gentle rapids, swimming holes, and beautiful scenery.
Reviewed 30 June 2014

We booked our NOC White water rafting adventure using the VIP GAA pass - and we were able to get all 7 of us in for free using the pass on behalf of Bill Gladwell (the Mentalist) (-Go see his show as well if you get the chance!) But we took our 4 and 5 year old boys, 6 year old girl, and 11 and 13 year old boys. We had Hans as our guide, and it was a wonderful and relaxing trip. We wound up forgetting our Water shoes, and they were available to purchase there - for a decent price - so we all wound up getting them for the trip. The kids had a blast, and would have paid full price for the adventure.We can't wait until the younger boys are older so we can go on the higher class rapids! :) Great for the whole family!

Thank June B
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Reviewed 11 June 2014 via mobile

My family and I did the Big Pigeon rafting with NOC. Canyon was our guide. The are very professional. We were trained on what to do and safety precautions. We had a great time. We will be going again with NOC on a more advanced river next time. Thanks for the family memories.

1  Thank StAmant99
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Reviewed 7 January 2014

Whether it's a warm checker game by the fire or rock climbing, a good time can be had. The younger grandson climbed the wall for a reasonable price of $5.99 (less with my GSMA discount), and the older grandson bought him a great pair of gloves!

Thank Janice S
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

What a wonderful place deep down in the mountains of North Carolina! We spent a good part of the Labor Day weekend here just watching people have fun on the river! The shop was very nice and there is abundant hiking in the area, which we will do next time. Great restaurant right on the river! We'll be back!

Thank hikinggussie
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Reviewed 11 August 2013 via mobile

We were traveling with 2 other families with 3 kids ages 5-7. We chose the lower pigeon river tour and had a great time! Our guide, Casey, did a nice job of entertaining the kids and the adults. He even took the time to give us some local hiking tips that were great. We enjoyed the hike up to Midnight Hole ond Mousecreek Falls. Can't wait to come back and do some rafting with just adults on some other rivers.

1  Thank GretchenS
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