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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...more
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13077 Highway 19 W, Bryson City, NC 28713-9165
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Reviewed today via mobile

It was a lot of fun. London and Mark B were awesome and very knowledgeable about the area. I would recommend

Thank woolsey2002
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Spent 5 nights in the cabins and 4 days learning to paddle better, experiencing different boats and hiking nearby. Great instructors, fun water! Will return.

Thank Martine P
Reviewed 6 days ago

We enjoyed the trip very much. The guides were excellent. They did a great job of helping my family feel safe and have a great adventure at the same time.

Thank Sharon B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Three grandchildren, 15, 13 and 9, their parents and grandparents filled one raft with a guide. One grandchild and her mother were very nervous about the adventure but both loved it and were ready to move up to a more advanced trip next time. Our...More

Thank letiadg1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Rafting companies come and go in the Nantahala gorge but one continues to prosper and offers the highest quality experience. The NOC has the most experienced and trained guides and top quality equipment. Why settle for less?

Thank Paul M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

EXCELLENT...From lodging at the Dogwood Motel to the experience with guide Jonathan. Well organized, entertaining.

Thank janbickley0321
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I give NOC basecamp a "D" for dump. the bathrooms were dirty and the trash can in the bath was full. the stairs are in desperate need of repair and could not be traveled at night wo flashlight. the bunk was moldy. NOC charges a...More

Thank Odyssey812442
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had been there 15 years ago for whitewater kayaking lessons and I was anxious to return. I finally did last month. The NOC is still a high quality organization with exceptional people. Great experience, highly recommended!

Thank Armrod
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This river is extremely fun. It's fast, bumpy, and great for learning whitewater! Might want to take out above the falls if your skill set isn't where it should be.

Thank Gary V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Natahala Outdoor Center is a fun place for outdoor activities. We went whitewater rafting. If you've never gone before, this is a nice entry level experience. There were a couple of rapids, but for the most part it's just a nice little stroll down...More

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August 5, 2018|
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Response from Bob S | Reviewed this property |
They will put you in a boat with others do not worry. Also they will safely hold your keys. They are all about fun, safety and convenience
July 18, 2018|
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Response from Nathan S | Reviewed this property |
We did the 3pm. Water is very cold so the heat of the day might be best.
June 6, 2018|
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Response from Jan W | Property representative |
Hey Kimberly -- For our Mountain Top Zip Line Tour, the acceptable weight range is between 100 - 250 pounds. Typically we are not running trips in December (due to the weather), although in a particularly nice year we may... More