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Great Smoky Mountains Nantahala Outdoor Center Nantahala National Forest Mountain Cove
Over 520,000 acres of protected national forest with the 6,643 foot peak of Clingmans Dome (the highest elevation in Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park). On clear days you can see over 100 miles of multi-layered mountain vistas from the observation deck at the summit. During the Fall, see the colorful foliage of nature’s grand finale display while being in the Cataloochee Valley listening to the echoes of bull elk bugles calling for females and challenging other males for dominance!

A mere 20 minutes from your community to the best whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, zip lining, trout fishing & outdoor entertainment in the South! Surround yourself with the picturesque mountains, lakes, creeks, streams and rivers throughout the Nantahala National Forest.

“Rated "One of the Best Outfitters on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure, NOC has been the leader in the rafting industry since 1972. NOC offers family-friendly adventures rafting and paddling the Nantahala River, as well as riverside dining, lodging, shopping, mountain bike rentals, ziplining, lake kayaking, wilderness medicine training and our world-famous paddling school. Our Adventure Park allows you to soar more than 550' through the air on the Wesser Zip, the Nantahala Gorge’s most fun zip line, and take on a multi-level rope challenge as high as 60' above the forest floor. Our Treetop Adventure Nets is a full netted enclosure for children to explore, climb, slide and navigate through a series of tunnels, chutes and pathways overlooking the river.”

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Over 530,000 acres of protected national forest with mountain peaks over 5,800 feet to enjoy endless outdoor recreation! Over 600 miles of trail systems for horse-back, off-road vehicles, mountain bikers and especially hikers! In 15 short minutes, you arrive at the Appalachian Trail Head for your 2,000+ miles of infamous trail connecting 14 states for the avid adventurer or take a short day hike to Cheoah Bald.