The Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) has played an integral role in putting Western North Carolina (WNC) on the map offering whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, canoe and kayak instruction, guided tours and worldwide adventure expeditions. (NOC) provides opportunities for outdoor recreation and adventure for families and individuals of all ages and skill levels. Many of these family friendly events are free or at a minimum cost to the public.
(NOC) opened in 1972 by Payson and Aurelia Kennedy and Horace Holden Sr. It is in Western North Carolina near Bryson City, and the Great Smoky Mountains on the Nantahala River. The Nantahala National Forest, the Blue Ride Mountains, the Appalachian Trail and Blue Ridge Park are in close proximity.
Good Morning America rated the Nantahala Outdoor Center the number one vacation with a splash. National Geographic Adventure magazine considers (NOC) “One of the best outfitters on earth.” In 2014, Nantahala received the North Carolina Winner's Circle Award for its “Significant and continuing contributions to the growth and success of North Carolina's tourism industry.”
However, in spite of its success (NOC) remains committed and loyal to the people of Western North Carolina and the millions of other people who have visited the center in the past 42 years. Since March, (NOC) has hosted a variety of paddling events and will continue to offer these events at least until October. If you missed any of the previous events do not worry. There are fifteen left to go.