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BRYSON CITY, NORTH CAROLINA

Whitewater Adventure in the Great Smoky Mountains

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Program #17425RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for May 26 — May 31, 2013

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Type: Cabin

Contact info:
13077 Highway 19 West
Bryson City, NC 28713 USA
phone: 800-232-7238
web: www.noc.com

Room amenities: All rooms have fans and heat (no AC).

Facility amenities: There is a TV with a DVD player and satellite in the lounge area, along with a courtesy phone. The rooms have access to a fridge, microwave and coffee maker. Coffee is not provided. There is a coin operated washer and dryer in the building.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Most cabins have shared bathrooms.

Additional nights before: Call for rates
Call for rates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 26 - Check-in/Orientation/Program Overview/Social Time
Afternoon: Check-in between 3-4:40 pm, followed by a walking tour at 5pm of the Nantahala Outdoor Center facilities.

Dinner: At 6pm the group will be dining together in Relia's Garden Restaurant. Guests will enjoy eating a salad with fresh green and flowers selected from our own garden located in the front of the restaurant. This will be complimented with a hearty meal that will include a meat or vegetarian entrée, fresh baked rolls, drink and dessert.

Evening: After enjoying a dinner with the group's program leaders, you will move to an area set up specially to go over the activities of the week with your instructors, teachers and guides as well as learn about some local history. At the end of this short session, guests can enjoy mingling at our Pourover Pub.

Lodging: Nantahala Outdoor Center Mountain Cabins

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cabin

Contact info:
13077 Highway 19 West
Bryson City, NC 28713 USA
phone: 800-232-7238
web: www.noc.com

Room amenities: All rooms have fans and heat (no AC).

Facility amenities: There is a TV with a DVD player and satellite in the lounge area, along with a courtesy phone. The rooms have access to a fridge, microwave and coffee maker. Coffee is not provided. There is a coin operated washer and dryer in the building.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Most cabins have shared bathrooms.

Additional nights before: Call for rates
Call for rates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 27 - Lake Kayaking Basics & Eco-engagement
Breakfast: Enjoy a hot breakfast before your day of adventure.

Morning: The lake touring will be on a nearby lake where instructors will provide techniques for confidence and success. We'll start with a "classroom style" session reviewing the basics of lake kayaking and going over the necessary equipment to enjoy the sport. We will also introduce and study the ecology of our area so we'll being able to identify the ecology and wildlife that abounds in the Great Smoky Mountains as we explore in our boats.

Lunch: We will take a break mid-day to enjoy a deli-style lunch.

Afternoon: The afternoon will be filled with time exploring the rest of the lake. After we return to NOC, there will be plenty of time to shower if desired and enjoy some free time before dinner.

Dinner: At 6:00 pm the group will enjoy another meal at Relia's Garden Restaurant. This will provide everyone the opportunity to share stories about the adventures of the day.

Evening: At 7:00 Lee Knight will do a program which would include Cherokee songs and stories, ballads, banjo and dulcimer songs and stories from the mountains. Lee currently works as a folk singer, story teller and outdoor leader, performing at concerts, workshops, Road Scholars, festivals, camps and schools.

Lodging: Nantahala Outdoor Center Mountain Cabins

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cabin

Contact info:
13077 Highway 19 West
Bryson City, NC 28713 USA
phone: 800-232-7238
web: www.noc.com

Room amenities: All rooms have fans and heat (no AC).

Facility amenities: There is a TV with a DVD player and satellite in the lounge area, along with a courtesy phone. The rooms have access to a fridge, microwave and coffee maker. Coffee is not provided. There is a coin operated washer and dryer in the building.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Most cabins have shared bathrooms.

Additional nights before: Call for rates
Call for rates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 28 - Nantahala River Trip / Adventure Hike
Breakfast: Enjoy a hot breakfast before your day of adventure.

Morning: We'll head the Nantahala River for a morning of excitement! There will be an option to go along in a stable raft (with a guide included) for your introduction to whitewater.

Lunch: We'll enjoy another deli-style lunch by the Nantahala River.

Afternoon: For the young at heart (and body) we'll offer a guided hiking trip that takes advantage of the scenery, flora and fauna located in our beautiful Great Smoky Mountains. This session will end with time to shower and relax if desired and prepare for dinner.

Dinner:

Lodging: Nantahala Outdoor Center Mountain Cabins

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cabin

Contact info:
13077 Highway 19 West
Bryson City, NC 28713 USA
phone: 800-232-7238
web: www.noc.com

Room amenities: All rooms have fans and heat (no AC).

Facility amenities: There is a TV with a DVD player and satellite in the lounge area, along with a courtesy phone. The rooms have access to a fridge, microwave and coffee maker. Coffee is not provided. There is a coin operated washer and dryer in the building.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Most cabins have shared bathrooms.

Additional nights before: Call for rates
Call for rates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 29 - Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking
Breakfast: Enjoy a hot breakfast before your day of adventure.

Morning: In the morning we'll go to the lake to be introduced to more maneuverable kayaks that used for whitewater rivers. Your group will learn new maneuvers in these new boats, including the "wet exit," in preparation for a trip on a section of moving water. The group will then travel to a nearby river for a chance to paddle downstream and let the river do the work for us.

Lunch: Enjoy your deli-style lunch with a mountain view, by the river.

Afternoon: After lunch you'll continue to be fascinated by the scenery of this protected waterway and possibly see Osprey catching a fish on the river and a Great Blue Heron majestically keeping an eye on his domain. We might even have the opportunity for a surf session too! This session will end with plenty of time to shower if desired and prepare for dinner.

Dinner: At 6:00 pm the group will enjoy another meal at Relia's Garden Restaurant. This will provide everyone to share stories about the adventures of the day.

Lodging: Nantahala Outdoor Center Mountain Cabins

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cabin

Contact info:
13077 Highway 19 West
Bryson City, NC 28713 USA
phone: 800-232-7238
web: www.noc.com

Room amenities: All rooms have fans and heat (no AC).

Facility amenities: There is a TV with a DVD player and satellite in the lounge area, along with a courtesy phone. The rooms have access to a fridge, microwave and coffee maker. Coffee is not provided. There is a coin operated washer and dryer in the building.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Most cabins have shared bathrooms.

Additional nights before: Call for rates
Call for rates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 30 - Nantahala River Trip / Adventure Hike
Breakfast: Enjoy a hot breakfast before your day of adventure.

Morning: We'll return to the Nantahala River for more whitewater excitement! Today we will be going down the river in inflatable kayaks using our new skills for the best thrills of the week.

Lunch: Enjoy your deli-style lunch with a mountain view, by the river.

Afternoon: For the young at heart (and body) we'll offer a guided hiking trip that takes advantage of the scenery. Your guide will chose the best hike in our area to show off the flora and fauna located in our beautiful Great Smoky Mountains. This session will end with time to shower and relax if desired and prepare for dinner.

Dinner: At 6:00 pm the group will enjoy a "farewell dinner" together in Relia's Garden Restaurant. Every participant will receive a commemorative t-shirt before sharing stories about the adventures of the week with the rest of the group.

Evening: Feedback Session - How are we doing?

Lodging: Nantahala Outdoor Center Mountain Cabins

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 31 - Check Out
Breakfast: Participants will enjoy a buffet-style breakfast to fuel up for your trip home.

Morning: Check out of NOC lodging is 10:00 am.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Bryson City, NC
Evening ActivitiesIn the evenings, everyone can decide what to do with their free time. Popular activities include the large screen TV in the Paddlers Pub or watching entertaining, yet educational videos on the cabin's TV.
For additional information, visit: www.noc.com
Local Area Attractions and ActivitiesSome of the activities/attractions available in the local area are: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park; Great Smoky Mountains National Railroad; Smoky Mountain Jet Boats; Cherokee Heritage Museum & Gallery;Fontana Dam;The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center.
For additional information, visit: www.greatsmokies.com

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
6 Field trips
8 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

Ratings

4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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