US Open Whitewater Slalom and Wildwater Competition Next Weekend

  On Saturday and Sunday, March 26th and 27th, Nantahala Outdoor Center will be hosting the Nantahala Racing Club Whitewater US Open Slalom and Wildwater Competition. During this southeastern classic event hosted by Nantahala Racing Club, elite paddlers,up-and-coming youth and junior athletes and even a few ambitious amateurs run a challenging slalom course through the [...]

By |2016-03-18T15:23:10+00:00March 18th, 2016|Roughing it in Style|

Make Bryson City Part of Your 2016

The New Year is a time reflection, gratitude and making plans for what the coming months will hold. We plan to live better, eat better, exercise more, love more; the list goes on and on! This year, when you are making resolutions and setting goals for the coming months, why not include a trip to the [...]

By |2015-12-29T19:44:36+00:00December 29th, 2015|Roughing it in Style|

USA Whitewater Slalom Nationals This Weekend

This Saturday and Sunday, October 9th and 10th, Nantahala Outdoor Center will be hosting the USA Canoe and Kayak Whitewater Slalom Nationals. During this event, elite paddlers as well as up-and-coming youth and junior athletes will run a challenging slalom course through the Nantahala Falls in hopes of winning the title of Whitewater Slalom National [...]

By |2015-10-08T16:48:55+00:00October 8th, 2015|Roughing it in Style|

Eastern Cougar Declared Extinct

After more than 40 years on the Endangered Species List, the elusive Eastern Cougar has been declared extinct by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Cougars, also called mountain lions, pumas, panthers, or the colloquial southern term “painters” have made their mark with many creeks, mountains, ridges and roads throughout the state bearing their name. [...]

By |2015-09-08T16:46:54+00:00September 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Viewing Elk in the Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has an abundance of wildlife and it is a real treat to get to see a bear, deer or elk during your visit. You will, of course, want to get photos of these beautiful creatures but it is important to make sure you do so safely. We have covered bear safety in previous [...]

By |2015-08-28T16:15:42+00:00August 28th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Get Inspired in Bryson City

  “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.” -John Muir, 1901 John Muir is often referred [...]

By |2015-08-25T15:05:19+00:00August 25th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Nantahala Games this Weekend at NOC

On June 27th and 28th, Nantahala Outdoor Center will be hosting the Nantahala Games, the largest citizens’ whitewater race in the country! The weekend will feature a Whitewater Slalom Kayak and Canoe Race, a Downriver Race as well as a Freestyle Competition. In addition, there will be great food, fabulous sales at the NOC Outfitter’s [...]

By |2015-06-25T17:59:25+00:00June 25th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Bear Safety – What to do if You Encounter a Bear

In light of recent reports of an aggressive bear near Mt. LeConte this week, its not a bad idea to go over bear safety once more. Black bears are a big attraction here in the Smoky Mountains. They are beautiful and generally peaceful animals that would really rather avoid contact with humans. But make no mistake - [...]

By |2015-05-29T18:39:41+00:00May 29th, 2015|Roughing it in Style|

Nantahala Brewing Company Celebrates 5 Years

Come on down to Nantahala Brewing Company this weekend to help celebrate the 5-year anniversary of our award-winning hometown brewery! For the past 5 years, Nantahala Brewing Company has contributed to our community in so many ways! There is always great live music, exciting events and fundraisers to benefit the community and 2 huge screens [...]

By |2015-05-15T15:53:11+00:00May 15th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Music Festival at Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center

Celebrate the beginning of summer in the Southern Appalachians with music, dance, food and mountain arts and crafts at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center! From 11a.m. until 5p.m. on Saturday, May 16th there will be a music festival featuring local musicians, dancers, the Heritage Alive Mountain Youth Talent Contest and a jam session with [...]

By |2015-05-08T14:48:12+00:00May 8th, 2015|Roughing it in Style|