Explore Western North Carolina's great outdoors with Nantahala Outdoor Center. The nation's largest outdoor recreation company, NOC has led outdoor adventures since 1972 and earned recognition as "One of the Best Outfitters on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure. Over a million guests visit NOC annually to embark on a diverse collection of more than 120 different river and land-based itineraries! Learn to kayak at NOC's world-renowned Paddling School, or test the latest outdoor gear and shop at retail stores in Asheville, Gatlinburg, and Nantahala. Book a trip on one of seven rivers in the Southeast, or fly through the skies on the Nantahala Mountaintop Zip Line Adventure!
Elite Slalom paddlers strive for precision and speed on the legendary Nantahala Falls course at this classic southeastern race. Additionally, … more
Celebrate SPRING in the Smoky Mountains with a free, family-friendly event in the Nantahala Gorge! Enjoy paddling events, live music, delicious food … more
Join NRC & NOC for a fun weekend of Clinics and Competition in the discipline of Freestyle. This event is designed for paddlers of all ages and … more
In teams of 6 or 12, participants of this epic overnight relay race 212.5 miles along trails and country roads from Brevard, NC to finish at Nantahala … more
The Merrell Adventure Dash is all about getting outside and challenging yourself to work hard for your good time! Suitable for families as well as … more
NOC's Guest Appreciation Festival is our way of saying "Thank You" to you! We have something for everyone. Snag the best in outdoor gear and apparel … more
Celebrate leaf season in the Smoky Mountains at this free event, a family-favorite in the Nantahala Gorge. With activities and prizes for all ages, … more