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Very OUTDOORSY

A lot of real life hikers and campers. I really felt like Camp Crystal Lake was right around the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Yolib
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Montgomery, Alabama
via mobile
Great weekend!

So enjoyed my weekend at Nantahala! The accommodations, the staff, the view, rafting...it was... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
sc40sumthin
,
Greenville, South Carolina
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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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“the river” (286 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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13077 Highway 19 W, Bryson City, NC 28713-9165
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A lot of real life hikers and campers. I really felt like Camp Crystal Lake was right around the bend.

Thank Yolib
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

So enjoyed my weekend at Nantahala! The accommodations, the staff, the view, rafting...it was wonderful!

Thank sc40sumthin
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Had a great time. Joe was professional funny informative best guide ever. Also have zip lining live outdoor music and restaurant on site.

Thank 246jacquelynp
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great day on the river! Thank you NOC for setting us up with all the right gear for the chilly water. We all had fun!

Thank Martin S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Go rent or use your own raft or canoe.This place really charges a lot for such an easy river.You do not need a guide.The people at NOC want you to think they own the river but they don’t.There are several place around that will rent...More

Thank Carl G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unforgettablle. First day a guide introduced me to the river and the history of the area, including the tragic Trail of Tears of the Cherokee nation. Then a week of whitewater kayaking learning the skills that allowed me to safely experience so many of the...More

Thank Conroynaas
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Reviewed January 22, 2018

NOC has the best location on the river, Food, stores, all right at the takeout,, NOC used to be the premo outfitter in the gorge but over the years they have become more like other outfitters in the area, a business thats gets them in...More

Thank Plpnnc
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Reviewed December 21, 2017

Shane was helpful and had the presence of mind to check my ID with my credit card purchase. (I use "CHECK ID" on the back of my card instead of a signature.)

Thank Mark B
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Reviewed November 25, 2017

This place is about 10 or 11 miles from Bryson City, NC, but I highly recommend the drive. I was there in November, but I could see the beauty and what a wonderful warm weather destination it would be if you love the mountains and...More

Thank Greg H
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Reviewed November 23, 2017

Came here to do one of their white water rafting trips. Had a blast. Friendly staff from the check-in to the guide. Whitewater trip itself was great fun. Wish we had more time as they offer a discount on a second trip on the same...More

Thank Eric_ski_and_bike
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Erica C
April 12, 2018|
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Response from Jan W | Property representative |
Hey Erica -- If you are looking for more info on our Paddling School courses, give our Paddling School a ring at 828.785.5020. If you are interested in chatting about our rafting trips, or other adventures, you can give... More
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JLBS_12
October 16, 2017|
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Response from Jan W | Property representative |
Hey @jboring12 -- I would definitely pre-book our Mountaintop Zipline trip, especially in the fall. If it is just 2 people you may be able to get a last minute booking, but you risk running into no availability. Looking... More
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cooleymelody
July 13, 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.
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