Nantahala Outdoor Center – At the intersection of the Appalachian Trail & the Nantahala River in the Blue Ridge Mountains. A mecca for outdoor enthusiasts since 1972, NOC’s 500-acre campus boasts plenty of exciting adventures to keep your entire group happy & active, whether you spend a day or a week. Whitewater raft, zipline, mountain bike & hike, and explore Fontana Lake in a rental kayak or canoe. Between adventures, check out NOC’s riverfront restaurants & retail stores, spend the night in a cozy trailside cabin, or discover another southeast river adventure with NOC, including rafting on the French Broad River in the Blue Ridge Mountains! (800) 232-7238.