Nantahala Outdoor Center

Nantahala Outdoor Center, Gatlinburg: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Nantahala Outdoor Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Nantahala Outdoor Center
4.5
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
NOC’s 18,000 square-foot flagship store sits at the downtown Gatlinburg entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. NOC Gatlinburg carries everything necessary to enjoy excursions into the Smokies including our signature “gifts, gear and guidance.” The in-store shopping experience is unique and fun, boasting a swinging rope bridge, a kid-friendly bear cave and a giant fireplace for warming up on cool days. We also help guests plan and book whitewater rafting and other guided Smokies outdoor adventures in-store.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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SarahDK19782015
Plano, TX3 contributions
Excellent Rafting Experience
Jun 2021
My family of four had the absolute best times on the NOC white water rafting trip!! Our guide, Josh, was really experienced and excellent! The service is top notch and we can't wait to go again one day. We were all first time rafters and a bit nervous, but Josh really helped settle our nerves and we weren't on the water but 5 minutes before we were laughing and having the best time!!
Written June 6, 2021
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jayneg635
Sterling, IL138 contributions
Great last minute raft ride
Aug 2020
We had traveled with NOC before in North Carolina but had booked with a different company initially for the Upper Pigeon River - we should have just done NOC from the start. Another company cancelled on us at the last minute but thankfully NOC could still get us a raft ride that week. We appreciated that greatly and it was one of the highlights of our trip. As we remembered, they were very professional and did a wonderful job running the trip even with all the current covid guidelines. The tour even started on time which was a pleasant change from other places. Our guide Chris did a great job and gave us a lot of great information about the area and could answer any question we had. He also helped us "surf" and let us take a swim in a calm part to cool off. Our teenagers loved the rapids and playing a role in paddling. We would definitely do this tour again and will stick with NOC tours for rafting anywhere in this area.
Written September 23, 2020
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Helen O
Kennett Square, PA227 contributions
Awesome Covid friendly activity
Aug 2020 • Family
Our family of 6 - 4 kids in their twenties and parents did this on a Tuesday morning out of Hartford, TN.

I was relieved to see they required masks, took temperatures and maintained social distancing in the busses. (This was evident when we saw the other packed busses.)

When we white water raft in the Poconos, Pennsylvania you don’t have a guide in your boat and use buckets to empty the raft. We were happy to have Noah as our guide and rafts that self drained!
Written August 22, 2020
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Matt G
Owatonna7 contributions
Rafting Trip
Aug 2020
We booked our rafting trip thru NOC. Had a great time. We are a family of 7 and 5 of us went on the upper Pigeon ride (more advanced) and 2 went on the lower Pigeon (float trip). Both groups had a great time. They took temp checks for COVID upon arrival. Both our guides were friendly and helpful. The upper had some good rapids but by no means ever felt dangerous. Great family fun.
Written August 16, 2020
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Kathryn
Chicago, IL4 contributions
So fun and COVID Safe!
Aug 2020 • Couples
We had Mike B as our guide and he was great!! He was super knowledgeable about the history of the river and made the trip a ton of fun. Highly recommended! We were also nervous about doing the trip because of COVID but NOC was incredible about it (unlike other companies). they had the bus at half capacity, did temperature checks for everyone and required masks. It was great!
Written August 7, 2020
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Bryan
Irmo, SC18 contributions
They Have It All
Jul 2020 • Solo
Went here for a specific brand of trail shoe. They had it in stock and that employee that assisted me was very knowledgeable. If it's a quality outdoor product, they have it at NOC.
Written July 5, 2020
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Shawn R
35 contributions
Best outdoor store, one of my favorites!
Jun 2020 • Couples
Love this store! The selection is great, prices are average but you can find great deals and clearance. The one way COVID lanes in the store make no sense at all, but everyone is trying. Go here! Won’t be disappointed!
Written June 27, 2020
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HavekidsWilltravel78
Greenville, SC4 contributions
HasKidsWillTravel
Jun 2020 • Family
We went down the Nantahala with Our Boy Scout Troop. Trevor was a very punny guide, but also knew so much about the area! Even though most people in the raft had never tried this before, we all did well and can’t wait to try it again!!!
Written June 13, 2020
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merrydb
Alexandria, VA418 contributions
Knowledgeable and friendly staff without pretentiousness
Mar 2020
Our son was seeking specific smaller size climbing pants. They didn’t have his size but they did have several other items he has been seeking.
Prices are fair for quality clothes and gear.
The staff, with whom we chatted, know their stuff and have experience in outdoor fun so can share real life guidance. That is so huge when making purchases.
We will definitely return when back in area.
Written March 8, 2020
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Dinah W
Atlanta, GA604 contributions
Great Store for Weather Emergencies!
Feb 2020 • Couples
This place has everything we were attempting to locate! I wanted a head band type ear covering for the windy system we encountered. NOC had just what I wanted! Also found snack type bars to make our trip complete!
Written February 16, 2020
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Nantahala Outdoor Center is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Mon - Thu 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM