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Bryson City: Nantahala River Guided Whitewater Rafting Trip

1. Bryson City: Nantahala River Guided Whitewater Rafting Trip

A guided whitewater rafting trip is one of the best ways to experience the Nantahala Gorge. The crystal-clear Nantahala River is the perfect family-friendly river where experienced river guides will help you navigate through splashy Class II-III rapids and bouncy waves, with occasional calmer waters where you can enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery. The fully guided rafting trip the most popular adventure at NOC, with thousands of families returning year after year. Experienced guides will teach your group how to navigate the river while sharing river stories and interesting facts about the area.

Bryson City: Zip Line Adventure Park Pass with Gear

2. Bryson City: Zip Line Adventure Park Pass with Gear

The Zip Line Adventure Park at Nantahala Outdoor Center takes a playground quite literally to the next level! Participants, ages 6+, may choose to race into the park on dual 550-foot zip lines before taking on the elevated challenge course. Thanks to continuous auto-belay technology at the Zip Line Adventure Park, guests can navigate through 16 different obstacles at 20 and 40-feet high at their own pace with the support of NOC’s expert aerial guides along the way. The Zip Line Adventure Park takes approximately 2 hours to complete.

Bryson City: Mountaintop Zip Line Experience

3. Bryson City: Mountaintop Zip Line Experience

Enjoy the pinnacle of aerial adventures in Western North Carolina! Soar high above the Nantahala River Gorge with this unique mountaintop-to-mountaintop zip line course under the guidance of NOC’s elite aerial guides. Enjoy stunning panoramic views of NOC’s 500-acre adventure campus as you work up to the peak of the adventure – the heart-pounding 1/2 Mile Mega Zip. Spend just under a full minute flying through the air with unbeatable 360-degree views of the Blue Ridge Parkway! This premium zip line experience will leave you breathless and invigorated.

Bryson City: Nantahala River Rafting Guided Duck Adventure

4. Bryson City: Nantahala River Rafting Guided Duck Adventure

A guided ducky adventure is perfect for guests who enjoyed the rafting adventures but want a little more of a challenge. “Duckies” or inflatable kayaks are nimble one or two-person boats that put you right at water level and in control of your river run. Professionally trained guides will paddle alongside sharing techniques and demonstrating the best lines for rapids along the Nantahala River. Explore eight miles of Class II rapids to prepare for the big finish at Class III Nantahala Falls. After a brief orientation and video, you’ll get geared up with pfds and paddles and load onto the big blue bus to shuttle to the river put in. An NOC trained guide will paddle with you, coaching you through bouncy waves, cool mountain water, and fun rapids ending at Nantahala Falls. Duckies may increase your chances of swimming more than a raft would, so prepare to get wet. NOC provides a pre-trip orientation, professionally maintained boats suitable for any group size, a highly trained guide, and a shuttle to the put-in.

Bryson City: Tsali Recreation Area Guided Mountain Bike Tour

5. Bryson City: Tsali Recreation Area Guided Mountain Bike Tour

Tsali Recreation Area has been rated one of the top destinations to mountain bike in the region and the U.S.! Join our experienced guides for a mountain bike tour that offers sweeping views of Lake Fontana at the base of the Smoky Mountains. Tsali is located just a short shuttle ride from our main campus in the Nantahala Gorge. Guests can expect to experience trails through wooded areas, multiple loops and connectors along with steep, interior ridges. Besides the main loops, Tsali offers 40 trails that are fast, singletrack and well-designed. Along the trip, you will get to experience fantastic views from several overlooks, extensive trail systems and a trailside snack. The trails at Tsali are considered moderate and we recommend having some mountain biking experience. Our guides will review with some basic instruction and tips before the trip begins, then will guide your trip while sharing some information about the recreation area and landscape. Other experience levels can choose to try out mountain biking on our Flint Ridge Trail located right on our 500-acre campus.

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