Nantahala Outdoor Center

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500-acre Playground for Outdoor Lovers

The Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC), located at the convergence of the Appalachian Trail and the Nantahala River just outside the Great Smoky Mountains, is a premier destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Since its establishment in 1972, the NOC has grown into a 500-acre campus that offers various activities suitable for all ages and interests. Visitors can engage in white water rafting, inflatable kayaking (ducky) adventures on the Nantahala River, mountain biking on private trails, and shopping at NOC’s flagship Outfitters Store. The center also provides lodging options, including onsite cabins and bunkhouse accommodations, and dining at its famous riverfront restaurants, River’s End Restaurant and Big Wesser​​​​​​.

Located approximately 75 miles from Asheville, the Nantahala Outdoor Center in the Nantahala Gorge is not just an adventure resort but a 500-acre playground for outdoor lovers. It offers many more activities beyond rafting and kayaking, including zip lining, treetop play, biking, and hiking. The center is a hub for replenishment and relaxation, with two riverside restaurants and gear stores for visitors to enjoy after their adventures. Its strategic location along the Appalachian Trail adds charm and accessibility, making it an easy trip for visitors from nearby areas​.

The Nantahala Outdoor Center is particularly famous for its exciting whitewater rafting and zip line tours. These activities draw visitors looking for thrilling experiences in a stunning natural setting. The whitewater rafting excursions provide an exhilarating way to explore the Nantahala River, while the zip line tours offer a unique perspective of the breathtaking landscapes of the Nantahala Gorge. The NOC’s commitment to providing a diverse range of outdoor activities makes it an ideal destination for families, adventure seekers, and nature enthusiasts alike​​​​.

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