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“NOC GAF (Guest Appreciation Festival)” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Nantahala Outdoor Center - Private Adventures

Nantahala Outdoor Center - Private Adventures
13077 Highway 19 W, Bryson City, NC 28713-9165
1.888.905.7238
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Owner description: Since 1972, NOC has shared the outdoors with millions of guests on whitewater river rafting trips, with all varieties of kayak and canoe instruction, on mountain bikes and around the world with our adventure travel trips.
Monroe, North Carolina
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“NOC GAF (Guest Appreciation Festival)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) is one of the premier adventure outfitters in the world. We went to the GAF 2012 festival this past weekend and it was a real treat. It is held at their headquarters on the Nantahala River in the Nantahala Gorge between Bryson City and Andrews, NC. It was far more polished and structured than in years past. It was a lot of fun when it was just a bunch of whitewater paddlers selling each other their used gear with a few whitewater vendors selling the newest, hottest, shiniest offerings of the year. But, the more organized,structured event was great also. Lots of activities going on all the time, lots of stuff to buy for folks with pockets full of cash, lots of the newest stuff for the whitewater afficionado to try and perhaps sell at next year's GAF festival. I spent a lot of my time at Slow Joe's Cafe on the other side of the River from the store watching people paddle the little rapids there and a guy showing off his skills on a bicycle. The chili at Slow Joe's is incredible... some of the best I have ever eaten (the event and the location may have something to do with it but it is great chili).

Visited September 2012
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Raleigh NC
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“great family fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

We had a blast today on a guided raft tour. It was the first rafting trip for our kids ages 8 and 12. Zach was a great guide and helped us feel safe while having lots of fun. The NOC was a great overall experience and we will come back!

Visited September 2012
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Tin Cup, IN
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“Nice place to visit...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

Lots of picnic tables and places to see and some shops... Enjoyed watching the kayakers and listening to the sound of the water rushing over the rocks...

Visited September 2012
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Dawsonville, Georgia
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“Well Done”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

Very nice way to enjoy the river and scenery with plenty of amenities for folks who want them. Restaurants, shops, zip line, raft/kayaking, nice hour or afternoon.

Visited September 2012
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Mobile, Alabama
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“Fun!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

I had a blast hiking and rafting at NOC. The staff was really friendly and our guide was hilarious! If you're in the area, I definitely recommend it. The sweet potato pancakes at Rivers End were delicious as well!

Visited May 2012
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