NOC Nantahala Adventure Resort Special Events
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Appalachian Trial Founder's Bridge Festival
April 3-4, 2015: Jamboree features outdoor adventure-themed film screenings, a vendor village staffed by industry representatives, gear repair, a trail maintenance trip and phenology training session with the Appalachian Trail Concervancy, plus product giveaways, door prizes and live music. Read more about it.
Smoky Mountain Relay
April 17-18, 2015: Join NOC as we support an epic running adventure! Teams of 12 runners race 205 miles from North Mills River, NC to finish at NOC - an accomplishment to celebrate.
NOC Spring Fling & Demo Days
April 24-26, 2015: Come out and be a part of World Kayak's Hometown Throwdown, race in the Boater Cross or push your skills on the Nantahala Cascades. Don't forget to check out the season's hottest gear (with free test paddling) at the NOC's Outfitter's Store, plus, enjoy free live music and local brews. Read more about Demo Days & Spring Fling.
May 23, 2015: Participants negotiate a series of challenge elements while racing to the finish in this family-friendly adventure race along the Nantahala River. Choose between the 5K Dash or a 1K Fun Run.
NOC’s Nantahala Olympiad
June 27-28, 2015: Join local paddling clubs for this community whitewater event on the Nantahala River, featuring downriver and slalom races, as well as family-friendly games and activities.
NOC's Sizzling 4th of July
July 4-5, 2015: When summer gets HOT, make a splash in the Nanty! Celebrate the 4th with live music and specials. Cool off with a raft trip down the Nantahala or a lake kayak tour on beautiful Lake Fontana. Take a kayak class and learn something new from our award-winning instructors. NOC also offers bike rentals, convenient access to hiking trails, and plenty of onshore entertainment with live music at Big Wesser BBQ + Brew. Plus, thrillseekers won't want to miss NOC's new Mountaintop Zip Line Tour.
Whitewater Junior Olympics
July 24-26, 2015: Nantahala Racing Club hosts the 2014 Whitewater Junior Olympics on the Nantahala River. This national-level youth event featuring slalom, downriver and freestyle competition as well as just-for-fun on- and off-the-water events such as duckie-cross, SUP Head-to Head and a cornhole tournament. Family-friendly and fun for beginner through advanced paddlers.
ICF Junior & U23 Wildwater Canoeing World Championships
August 2-7, 2015: The International Canoe Federation's wildwater canoeing world championships provides juniors and young adults with the opportunity to compete internationally in the wildwater discipline. Wildwater racing consists of individuals and teams racing from one point on the river to another
September 5-6, 2015: Choose from SUP, surfski, marathon, kayak or canoe classes in this race on beautiful Fontana Lake in the Great Smoky Mountains. With a 3 and 6 mile race option, the Paddle Grapple offers an option for every boater, whether recreational or elite. Awards will be given to top finishers in each class.
Guest Appreciation Festival & Gear Sale
September 25-27, 2015: NOC thanks our loyal guests for another great year with this weekend festival featuring unbelievable discounts on outdoor gear and gifts, live music and entertainment for the whole family, as well as food and beer specials. Expect plenty of kid's activities, contests and games, as well as on-the water competitions and adult-only treats like beer-tastings dance parties into the night. Read more about the NOC Guest Appreciation Festival.
October 24, 2015: Weekends in October, enjoy indian summer at NOC with a german-style beer garden set on the bank of the Nantahala River. We'll be serving up seasonal treats, craft brews, and plenty of crisp mountain air. Bring the whole family for a day-long celebration featuring the Flint Ridge 5-Mile Trail Race, pumpkin decorating, costume contest, and of course The Great Pumpkin Pursuit, the most hilarious kayak treasure hunt ever to haunt the Nantahala.
Outdoor School Courses
Since 1972, NOC has been leading courses in whitewater kayaking, whitewater canoeing and river leadership. Over the year's they've grown to become one of the most convenient, comprehensive destinations for learning in the outdoors. At NOC, your learning is guaranteed by almost 40 years of experience as a leader in the outdoors. They are the top school for kayak instructors and raft guides, and a destination for backcountry leaders to get wilderness medicine certification. Go to NOC's Web site for more.
Kayak Instruction: Recognized by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Outside magazine, NOC offers complete weekend or week-long clinics for beginners through advanced paddlers.
SOLO Wilderness Medicine: NOC has teamed up with SOLO to offer courses ranging from the basic Wilderness First Aid (WFA) through Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT).
Canoe Instruction: A classic way to get outdoors and explore the river, NOC leads solo and tandem workshops for canoe paddlers of all levels, beginner through advanced.
River Leadership: At NOC, you can enroll in American Canoe Association Swift Water Rescue or a more-intensive River Rescue, or get professional-level training in Kayak Instruction and Raft Guide School.
Survival School: Learn to survive almost any situation in the outdoors. NOC's spring Wilderness Survival School is led by four experts in wilderness medicine and backcountry survival.
Directions from Asheville
(About 75 miles, but mostly four-lane roads) Take I-40 West toward Knoxville, TN. Take exit 27 onto US 74 West toward Waynesville. The Nantahala is located 50 miles down this road. Stay on 74 West. Eight miles west of Bryson City, the four-lane highway you are on will split into two 2-lane roads. Stay on 74, which is the left lane. Go another five miles. On the last descent you will see a yellow caution sign on the right indicating you are entering the Nantahala Gorge. Just after the sign you will see the Nantahala River, and NOC's Nantahala Outpost.
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