With over 40 years’ experience, The Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) has conducted millions of guests on whitewater rafting trips, taught thousands of canoe and kayakers at their renowned Paddling School and numerous other activities from family-friendly trips to action-packed adventures.
It all started on the Nantahala River in 1972. Three friends from Georgia, Payson Kennedy, Aurelia Kennedy and Horace Holden Sr.; decided there was something special about this place, something magical about the river, the hills and the trails
Every year since its founding, NOC has striven to share the wonders of this place, and all the places we raft, hike, pedal and paddle.
After decades of paddling and sharing their passion for the great outdoors here is a short list that “Our world-class staff leads whitewater trips on the Southeast’s best rivers. These include Chattooga River, Cheoah River, French-broad-river/, Nantahala River, Nolichucky River, Ocoee River and the Pigeon River
John G Hall
Charlotte Canoeing Examiner