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“Nantahala Outdoor Center”

Nantahala Outdoor Center
Ranked #4 of 15 Tours in Bryson City
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed October 3, 2012

We stopped at this location as part of the Great Smokey Mountain Railroad excursion. Just a little pit stop along the railroad tracks, but primarily a point from which people rented equipment to go rafting on the river. There was a restaurant, but we did not go there, as we had lunch served on the train.

Thank CindyLM43323
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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).

Thank Don M
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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!

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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...

Thank MARY W
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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.

Thank Michael R
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