NOC Nantahala Adventure Resort 2014 Special Events
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Bank of America US Open
March 22-23, 2014: 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 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.
Appalachian Trial Founder's Bridge Festival
April 3-5, 2014: 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 25 - 26, 2014: 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 26-27, 2014: 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 at Big Wesser BBQ + Brew. Read more about Demo Days & Spring Fling.
NOC's Summer Music Series
May-September 2014: Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the summer, jam out to great regional bands at NOC's outdoor, riverside Pourover Pub. Enjoy our fine selection of local craft beers, good food, and good company as NOC hosts more live music than ever before.
Bike Trials Nantahala Open
June 14, 2014: Bike Trials are a dynamic, agility-based biking competition. This spring, top athletes from across the region will be facing off in the Nantahala Gorge.
ACA Open Canoe Downriver Nationals
June 17-19, 2014: Join whitewater canoe enthusiasts from around the country for three days of canoeing and camaraderie on the Nantahala River.
World Kayak Hometown Throwdown #2
June 28, 2014: Enjoy a day of camaraderie, whitewater, and good old-fashioned fun at this free, beginner-friendly freestyle event hosted by World
NOC's Canoe Club Challenge #1
June 29, 2014: Welcome paddlers of all stripes! Social, beginner-friendly races encourage you to meet friends, get your heart rate up, and improve your kayaking to boot.
NOC's Sizzling 4th of July
July 4-5, 2014: 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.
NOC's Canoe Club Challenge #2
July 19, 2014: Welcome paddlers of all stripes! Social, beginner-friendly races encourage you to meet friends, get your heart rate up, and improve your kayaking to boot.
World Kayak Hometown Throwdown #3
July 20, 2014: Enjoy a day of camaraderie, whitewater, and good old-fashioned fun at this free, beginner-friendly freestyle event hosted by World Kayak.
Lake Fontana Paddle Grapple
August 1-2, 2014: Don't miss this first-annual SUP / Surfski race on beautiful Lake Fontana. Participants can choose the distance and class that best fits their personal paddling goals.
NOC's Canoe Club Challenge #3
August 17, 2014: Welcome paddlers of all stripes! Social, beginner-friendly races encourage you to meet friends, get your heart rate up, and improve your kayaking to boot.
World Kayak Pro-Am
August 23, 2014: Paddlers! Come out to the Nantahala for a unique opportunity to have fun with your friends, compete with the pros and help raise money for First Descents.
Guest Appreciation Festival & Gear Sale
September 26-28, 2014: 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 25, 2014: 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.
ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships
September 2015: 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.
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.
Go to NOC's Web site for more.