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Fun clean area

The center had lots to offer in the quality outdoor clothing and necessity line. Customer service... read more

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Joey D
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Safest best raft ride ever !

Very knowledgeable staff and quick easy process tons of fun !! Will be back loved it!! I have done... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Dade City, Florida
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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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Hours Today: 08:00 - 19:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Bryson City, NC 28713-9165
+1 888-726-4153
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The center had lots to offer in the quality outdoor clothing and necessity line. Customer service is grade A. Best part about going here is eating pizza "delicious", from rivers end and taking it across the bridge for a picnic under the trees by the...More

Thank Joey D
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very knowledgeable staff and quick easy process tons of fun !! Will be back loved it!! I have done the raft and the duckies and both are fun ... I always bring guests to do this... store and restaurant are nice too !!

Thank nicmacnac
Reviewed 4 days ago

We just rafted the river with our guide, Brad He was an awesome guide as it was our first time down a river on duckies. He also had a great knowledge of the history of the area. NOC also has zip lines, restaurants and a...More

Thank Ellen B
Reviewed 6 days ago

We stopped by the NOC on Labor Day weekend. Of all the rafting companies, the NOC was by far the most expensive. They we about double the price of everyone else. The merchandise in the store was outrageously expensive.

Thank Doll1978
Reviewed 6 days ago

We rented a cabin near the Nantahala Outdoor Center this past weekend and ventured out for drinks/dinner on Saturday night. There is plenty to do even if rafting or zip-lining is not your thing. For this visit, we just enjoyed hanging out with a few...More

Thank Margaret H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the "Rapid Transit" train ride and Nantahala rafting trip - left from Bryson City Train Depot. My family enjoyed the scenery on the way to NOC. Lunch was included and as soon as we arrived at the NOC rafting center it was ready....More

1  Thank Lori N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is awesome. We had a great time. Awesome zip line and white water rafting. We came as a family with a 7 year old child and she had a wonderful time as we did too. Our white water rafting guide was amazing. We...More

1  Thank kallibug
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the place to start or continue your paddling adventures. They sell everything you could want for paddling. They also provide rafting and duckie trips, both guided and self guided. If you are a paddler, they also demo boats.

1  Thank Greg I
Reviewed 1 week ago

Decided to go to the Nantahala River as a spur of the moment thing just because it was such a pretty day, and we love to go on drives. We stopped along the way at about 4 different pull offs, and at a swinging bridge....More

Thank joanie30735
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

NOC is worth a drive and a visit even if you'd don't plan to raft. It sprawls across the rushing river and offers two restaurants and tons of water side seating to enjoy the sound, watch the rafters, read a book, or play with your...More

1  Thank Vagabond2be
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Questions & Answers
14 July 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.
gary a
11 May 2017|
Response from Jan W | Property representative |
Hi Gary, thanks for reaching out. We do offer a "Stay & Play" discount of 10% off rafting and zip lines when combining a booking with our onsite lodging. Give us a ring tomorrow to activate the discount, our reservations... More