Bryson City Courses
13077 Highway 19 W.
Bryson City, NC 28713
From Asheville, NC Take I-40 W toward Knoxville, TN. Take Exit 27 onto US 74 W (Great Smoky Mountains Expressway) toward Waynesville/Clyde. After 48 miles (past Bryson City), the highway narrows to two lanes. Continue straight on US 74 for 4.3 more miles until you see the river and a bridge on your right. Cross the bridge. Turn left at the end of the bridge. The Paddling School is in the building on your right with a covered porch.
From East Atlanta Take I-85N to I-985N. At Gainesville, GA take 365N to 441N. Near Dillsboro, NC Hwy 441 will funnel into US 74. Take 74 W toward Bryson City. After 22 miles on US 74 (past Bryson City), the highway narrows to two lanes. Continue straight on US 74 for 4.3 more miles until you see the river and a bridge on your right. Cross the bridge. Turn left at the end of the bridge. The Paddling School is in the building on your right with a covered porch.
From West Atlanta Take I-75 N to I-575 N which becomes State Hwy 5 which in turn becomes Hwy 76. Stay with this road until just past Blue Ridge, GA, and then turn left onto Hwy 60 to Mineral Bluff, GA. In Mineral Bluff, turn right onto Hwy 60 Spur and follow it into North Carolina to US 74 E, turning right toward Murphy and Andrews. NOC is located 20 miles east of Andrews, NC. You will follow the river for the last 8 miles. Cross the bridge just past the NOC Outfitter’s Store on the left. Cross the bridge. Turn left at the end of the bridge. The Paddling School is in the building on your right with a covered porch.
From Chattanooga, TN Take I-75N toward Cleveland, TN. Take the first Cleveland exit (#20) onto US 64 Bypass East. Go 6 miles; take Ocoee Exit US 64 E towards Ocoee/Murphy, NC. At Murphy the road number changes to US 74. Stay on US 74 E. NOC is 20 miles east of Andrews, NC. You will follow the river for the last 8 miles. Cross the bridge just past the NOC Outfitter’s Store on the left. Cross the bridge. Turn left at the end of the bridge. The Paddling School is in the building on your right with a covered porch.
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Center- 1978 Island Ford Parkway
Sandy Springs, GA 30350
From Norcross/West Atlanta: Take GA-141S/Peachtree Industrail Boulevard towards I-285. Take the I-285W exit towards Marietta/Chattanooga. After 8 miles, take exit 22 for New Northside Drive. Turn right onto New Northside Dr. and continue on Interstate N. Parkway/Riverside Lane NW. Take the last right before crossing the Chattahoochee River and enter the NOC Chattahoochee River Outpost parking area.
From Marietta/NW Atlanta: Exit I-75 South at Windy Hill/Exit 260. Turn left on Windy Hill Rd. SE. After .8 miles, turn right on Powers Ferry Rd. SE. After 1 mile turn left on Interstate N. Parkway, cross the Chattahoochee River and take the first left into the NOC Chattahoochee River Outpost parking area.
From the Atlanta International Airport: Take I-85N. After 11.2 miles keep right at the fork to continue onto I-75N following signs for Marietta/Chattanooga. After 7.3 miles take exit 258 for Cumberland Boulevard and turn right. At Interstate N. Parkway turn right. After crossing the Chattahoochee River, take the fist left and enter the NOC Chattahoochee River Outpost Parking area.
This depends on the type of course you signed up for. Detailed lists are provided in each course page. NOC may provide specific items for courses, which is also outlined in each course page.
The NOC has several different lodging accommodations available for Paddling School Students. Call our Paddling School at (828) 785-4980 for more information and to check availability.
NOC does not have camping available. While there are a few places to camp in nearby Nantahala National Forest, we recommend that you stay in Basecamp. There are public campgrounds within a five mile radius. Camping outside of designated campsites is not recommended in winter months.
Most Paddling School courses include lunch. However, there are 2 restaurants/eateries on the NOC campus:
- Big Wesser is an open air-cafe situated right on the banks of the Nantahala River, and is NOC’s quickest dining option. Menu items include burritos, salads, and some seriously tasty tacos. Big Wesser is closed in the winter. Click here for restaurant hours and to check out Big Wesser's Menu.
- River’s End offers casual riverside dining with a menu that offers everything from pancakes and biscuits to burgers, chili, and the best pizza in area! During the winter months when Big Wesser is closed, a 6-Dollar menu is offered; the rest of the year, Paddling School students are extended a 20% discount at River’s End. Click here for restaurant hours and to view the menu at River’s End.
Bryson City (15 minutes down Hwy 74E) has an Ingles supermarket and several dining options.
The NOC has a Guest Wireless network that is available in most all common areas of the main campus. This includes NOC restaurants, Outfitter’s Store, Welcome Centers, and Rafting Center. Currently, access to wireless in Basecamp is spotty.
Our Paddling School courses go rain or shine. In the event of a thunderstorm, they typically roll through our area pretty quickly and end within 15-20 minutes.
What we include in our programming depends on the type of course that you have signed up for. Detailed lists are included in each course listing as to what we provide and what participants will need to bring.
Each course is unique and designed to help paddlers get the most out of their time with NOC. A sample itinerary is provided for most of our courses under each page.
- Our location on the banks of the Nantahala River is the perfect launching point to other amazing rivers in the Southeast. Paddling School participants will paddle rivers based on the instructor’s assessment of individual skills, daily time availability, and water levels among other factors. Below is a list of the rivers that we could possibly paddle on during your instruction. We will not paddle all of them, and choices will vary by skill level and instruction type.
|Nantahala River*||Oconaluftee River*||Pigeon River||Chattooga River|
|Tuckaseegee Gorge*||French Broad River||Ocoee River||Cartecay River|
|Little Tennessee River*||Upper Green River|
- An additional travel fee for travel to a river outside of our Paddling School local teaching area (*) will be applied to Private Instruction programs.
Lunch included in all* full-day instruction programs. We also provide a discount card for our restaurants for use during your visit to NOC. *Swiftwater Rescue participants must bring their own lunch.
Additional discounts are available at NOC lodging and restaurants. Restrictions apply, please discuss with an instructor for more details.
- Private Instruction – 8 years old is recommended, but we may be able to accommodate younger paddlers after a conversation.
- Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking – 8 years old. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
- Kids Camps – 9-17 years old. Advanced Teen Camp is 13-17 years old.
- Multi-Day Courses – 18 years old
No, the Introduction class is a sample of whitewater kayaking. The kayak roll is a more advanced skill that we do work on in our multi-day programming based on the participants' abilities.
Most information can be found in the Summer Youth Camps Parent Handbook located here.