NOC Nantahala Adventure Resort 2013 Special Events
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Bank of America US Open
March 23-24, 2013: Elite level slalom and wildwater racing returns to the Nantahala River. Come out to support America's top paddlers in one of their final race leading up to the 2013 US Team Trials. The US Forest Service viewing platform offers great spectator access to the races, allowing fans to get right up close to the most dynamic part of the course. Just downstream, River's End Restaurant offers a great place to relax after the race with hot chocolate, cold drinks, and plenty of hot entrées for hungry racers and spectators alike.
Appalachian Trial Founder's Bridge Festival
April 4-6, 2013: 2013 AT 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.
2013 USA Canoe/Kayak Freestyle Team Trials
April 26-28, 2013: Freestyle kayaking is coming to the Nantahala to choose its national team in 2013! Top paddlers from around the country gather in the Nantahala Gorge to duke it out for their chance to compete at the Freestyle World Championships this coming September. Event will include elite and open competition as well as NOC's Spring Fling, a celebration of the changing season in Appalachia, including outdoor & paddlesports vendor fair, free demos of the season's must have new gear, craft fair, and live music. Read more about Demo Days & Kayak Shootout.
NOC's Summer Music Series
May-September 2013: Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the summer, jam out to great regional bands at NOC's outdoor, riverside café. Enjoy our fine selection of local craft beers, good food, and good company as NOC hosts more live music than ever before.
2013 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships
September 2-8, 2013: NOC welcomes the biggest kayak festival of the year as elite freestylers from around the world converge on the Nantahala to vie for the title of World Champion. But the 2013 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships aren't just about kayaking. Spectators can expect interactive educational activities for children and teens, Appalachian Heritage Festival featuring renowned local artisans and musicians, and plenty of contests, races and activities open to spectator participation. Saturday (Sept 7) is the biggest day with the finals. As for rafting, all NOC activities (rafting, zip line, etc.) will be running as normal. The event is free to watch, but parking fees will apply and includes a shuttle. Read more about World Freestyle Kayaking Championships 2013.
Guest Appreciation Festival
September 27-29, 2013: 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 throughout our Wesser Campus. 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 26, 2013: 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. On Saturday, October 26th, 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.
Photography Clinics: Like to experience your adventure from behind the lens? Travel to inspiring landscapes and learn methods from professional outdoor photographers.
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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