The Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) isn't far from Bryson City, NC.
We say that because Bryson City is closer than, say, Botswana or Australia. It's a pretty 15-mile drive, but if you'd like to arrive within a day or so of your estimated time of arrival, get directions from their website, not your GPS.
Wiser folk choose to sit at the creekside bar and watch the action ... staying high and dry.
When it's time for dinner, take a quick hike down the Appalachian Trail (also known as the Founder's Bridge -- part of the real Appalachian Trail) to a cozy restaurant where you'll delight in the dining and the demise of those being thrashed through the rapids. Don't forget dessert!
Even if you can't tell the difference between a Kodak and a kayak, be sure to wander around the store and look at the watercraft, backpacks, hiking shoes and those who actually use them. It's such fun.
Give yourself an extra five points if you spot Miss Nantahala, Zuzana Vanha!
NOC is family friendly. Everyone is sure to have a good time being together and enjoying the great outdoors.
Before you leave, be sure to hike the Appalachian Trail -- all the way across the Founder's Bridge!
Tags: Robert Sutherland Travel Writer
Published Nov 16, 2016. The Nantahala Outdoor Center survived the flames of wildfires that threatened so many areas of North Carolina and Georgia along the Appalachian Trail.
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