NOC is lucky to have employees & instructors who feel like work is more like play! Glad to see some action on the river!

Happy 1st Day of Spring from NOC!

Looking forward to warmer weather and fun times on the water.
Dust the cobwebs off your gear and sign up for a course through NOC's Paddling School. Limited space for our remaining March courses!

Offering a variety of clinics through the Spring - get those fundamentals under your belt and be ready for some FUN this summer!

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It is less than one week until SPRING, and if you are ready for warmer weather (like we are!) then head out to one of our retail locations and gear up with the hottest items for this season. You will even find 40-50% off last years styles from top brands like The North Face, Patagonia, and Keen!

Visit our locations in Gatlinburg and Asheville or our original location on the Nantahala River!

Work Hard / Play Hard -- 1 of 5 NOC Core Values. If you have aspirations to lead groups on thrilling adventures, look no further than NOC’s Raft Guide School! With limited availability left in March & April, you will learn from the elite in this 5-day course designed to turn you into a raft guide rockstar.

Check out our careers page for more information:
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Last weekend's weather = Jackson Kayaks Tom Dolle throwing down some early season moves at NOC!

Starting March 6th we return to guaranteed water from 10AM-3PM. Be like Tom & demo a #jkrockstar next time you're in town!
Participants negotiate a series of challenging elements while racing to the finish in this family-friendly adventure race along the Nantahala River near Bryson City, NC. Choose between the 5K Dash or a 1K fun run!

Kids aged 12 & under race free with a participating adult.

For registration information & full event details, visit our website at [ Link ]

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Merrell Adventure Dash

Celebrate spring in the Smoky Mountains with a free, family-friendly event in the Nantahala Gorge! Don't miss the Hometown Throwdown, a community freestyle event hosted by World Kayak, vendor fair, and gear demos at NOC's Outfitter's Store. To top it off, there are scheduled released of the Cascades & Upper sections of the Nantahala River this weekend!

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NOC Spring Fling

In teams of 6 or 12, participants of this epic overnight relay race 212.5 miles along trails & country roads from Brevard, NC to finish here at Nantahala Outdoor Center! Hailed as the most challendging race in the southeast, runners enjoy stunning views from the Blue Ridge Parkway & the Mountains to Sea trail. Come celebrate with the racers as they finish right next to the river; who knows,...
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Smoky Mountain Relay

Thru-hikers and casual adventurers gather to celebrate the 2,181+ mile-long Appalachian Trail and support the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Join us for hiker-themed games, movies, lectures and prizes.

Vendors help thru-hikers resolve gear-woes at a free repair area. For a full event schedule, visit our website at [ Link ]

NOC Trail Festival

Slalom & downriver racers converge on Bryson City for this national-level event hosted by Nantahala Racing Club!

Course Information:

Slalom: $55
Nantahala Falls Course (Class III)

Downriver Events: $25
Downriver Sprint - Patton's Run Rapid (Class III)
Downriver Classic - Ferebbee Park to the Jumping Rock (Class II)

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NRC Whitewater US Open

Don't miss the first Cheoah Release of the year - happening this weekend!

Even if you're not paddling, its hard not to be entertained by the action at Bear Creak Falls.

Saturday, February 25th: 1000 CFS from 8AM - 12PM and 600 CFS from 12PM - 5PM

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American Whitewater - Advanced Southeast Releases Set for 2017!
☀ Anyone else have that itch to get outside?

Join us for the first paddling event of the year -- the Glacier Breaker kicks off the Nantahala season February 25th - 26th, 2017.

Not competing, but ready to get outside? Come on out, watch the fun and gear up for a local hike on the AT or a mountain bike ride in the smokies.

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NRC Glacier Breaker | Feb 25th - 26th @ NOC
NOC Instructor Curtis checking in from the Trancura river in Pucón, Chile. Even in the "off season" you can find our staff guiding rivers around the World.

Curtis began as a river guide with NOC on the Nolichucky years ago. Today we are proud to call him a Master Guide, Paddling Instructor and friend.

Looking for an exciting outdoor recreation job? Check out our openings at:
Looking for a scenic winter road trip?

We are excited to be featured as 1 of the 5 scenic drives in our region from our friends at

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Nantahala Outdoor Center
NOC’s Premier Raft Guide School has taught thousands of potential guides the beginner skills of navigating whitewater and for many led to their first job in the outdoor industry.

"If you want a life changing experience, take a week and go do raft guide school. It will change your life. Best medicine ever."
— J David S.

Spring break in the outdoors, what could be better?

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From our NOC family to yours, we wish you a wonderful Holiday season and a New Year filled with fun and outdoor adventure!
Trying to find that perfect gift for your outdoor enthusiast? NOC's gift cards can be used toward purchasing a rafting adventure, a North Face jacket, a boat or bike, a kayaking lesson, a wilderness medicine class, Guide School* and everything in between! To purchase visit:

*Guide School is a unique gift for any college student who loves the outdoors! NOC offers Guide...
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The NOC Great Outpost in Gatlinburg started welcoming Guest back to the store this past Friday, and your outpouring of support has been tremendous!

We have so much to be thankful for this Holiday season! We want to once again thank the US Forest Service, Fire and Rescue units that came from all over to Gatlinburg, TN and to our campus in Wesser, NC, Police and other first responders as well...
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Are you considering a career in Emergency Medical Services? Or maybe you are looking to build your medical knowledge for expeditions, wilderness guide positions or search & rescue teams? Join NOC's Wilderness Medicine professionals for our next SOLO Wilderness EMT Intensive or WEMT that begins February 12. To find out more visit our course page below, give us a call at 828-488-7243 or email...
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Wilderness EMT Course