Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

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Address: 13077 W Hwy 19, Bryson City, NC 28713, USA

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About Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

The Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) is a commercial outdoor guide service and retail store. It opened in 1972 when Payson and Aurelia Kennedy and Horace Holden Sr. took over the old Tote 'N Tarry Motel. NOC is based in western North Carolina near Bryson City, near the Great Smoky Mountains on the Nantahala River. NOC is surrounded by Nantahala National Forest. The Appalachian Trail passes directly through the heart of the NOC, crossing the Nantahala River on a bridge next to the outfitter. NOC operates whitewater rafting trips on eight Southeastern rivers: the Chattahoochee, Chattooga, Cheoah, French Broad, Nantahala, Nolichucky, Ocoee, and Pigeon. The NOC also teaches people to paddle in its canoe and kayak paddling school. They also offer mountain bike rentals, group programs, outdoor retail, restaurants, ropes courses, kayak touring, fly fishing and hiking. Former NOC president John Burton (who, until recently, was an owner/operator of nearby Nantahala Village Resort) was a member of the original 1972 Olympic slalom team. His teammate Angus Morrison, currently a head guide for Nantahala River Guided Trips, was also on the Olympic team that year, as well as in 1976 and 1980. More recently, Olympians Lecky and Fritz Haller, Horace Holden, Jr., Wayne Dickert (currently head of NOC Instruction), Joe Jacobi, Scott Strausbaugh and Scott Shipley have all trained with the Nantahala Racing Club at NOC on the Nantahala River. Jacobi and Strausbaugh, paddling C-2, are the only Americans ever to have won an Olympic gold medal for the US in whitewater, which they did in Barcelona in 1992.


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  • Great service, great trip!! I didn't shop around but I feel like I got a great deal for the price. I felt the guides made us feel comfortable and looked to make the trip as much fun as possible. We'll be back for sure. Their shop is a little pricey but we were there for the rafting.

  • My first time ever water rafing! I had a blast. I was a bit concerned that the experience was a lot of fun, but I felt safe at all times. We only got stuck when we were 100 yards from the end of the trip. It took a while to get our boat off that rock. That was the only situation where I was off our boat.

  • Love this place. Rent a raft or something to go down the Nantahala. You won't regret it. Great place to bring kids 7+. They also have ropes course avaliable and a great outdoor bar/restaurant.

  • First time out on the white water was very happy we went to the Nantahala the river was running fast from the Dam being open it was great! My wife was so happy we did the river we are now getting ready to reschedule and do a new trip with the kids thank you so much and a special thanks to Mark Freeze super nice guy hope to see you again this vacation was one to remember we're going to try the train and raft in the near future. P. S. bring water shoes and a small bag with carabineer to clip the bag to the raft to store your water and stuff! THANKS AGAIN Allen

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  • Took a guided raft trip down the Nantahala on the morning of the Total Solar Eclipse, 8/21/17. Fantastic! Our guide Simon was truly superb, one of the finest young men it's been our privilege to have become acquainted with. We were last here in 2007 when our offspring were aged 11, 9 and 9 (identical twins!). Back a decade later and we had an even better time! Thanks, Simon!

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