Guest Appreciation Festival (GAF)
Date: September 23 - 25, 2016
Time: 8 am - 9 pm
Age: All Ages
NOC's Guest Appreciation Festival is our way of saying "Thank You" to you! We have something for everyone. Snag the best in outdoor gear and apparel at stunningly low prices from our new and used gear sale with names include The North Face, Chaco, Dagger Kayaks, KEEN and more. Boaters, take advantage of our free shuttles for the Cascades and Upper Nantahala recreational releases. Learn a new craft from one of our craft vendors. Join in on the fun with our family-friendly games and activites including corn hole, giant jenga, face painting, a bounce house, a live raptor show and more! Or dance the night away to live music on the banks of the Nantahala River. It's a weekend of incredible sales, whitewater, outdoor fun and gratitude! See you there.
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Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 7:30pm
Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
1028 Georgia Road
Franklin, NC 28734
Becoming a trailblazing Country Music superstar was an improbable destiny for Charley Pride, especially considering his humble beginnings as a sharecropper's son on a cotton farm in Sledge, Mississippi. Growing up, Charley was exposed primarily to Blues, Gospel and Country music. His father inadvertently fostered Charley's love of Country music by tuning the family's Philco radio to Nashville's WSM-AM in order to catch Grand Ole Opry broadcasts. At 14 years of age, Charley purchased his first guitar: a Silvertone from a Sears Roebuck catalogue and taught himself how to play it by listening to the songs that he heard on that radio. With boldness, perseverance and undeniable musical talent, Charlie Pride has managed to parlay a series of fortuitous encounters with Nashville insiders into an amazing legacy of hit singles and tens of millions in record sales. In addition to performing and recording new music, he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family.
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2016 USA Cane & Kayak Slalom Nationals
Nantahala Outdoor Center
October 7 - 9, 2016
Nantahala Racing Club in association with the Nantahala Outdoor Center is proud to host the 2016 USA Canoe & Kayak (USACK) Slalom Nationals. Watch as elite slalom paddlers strive for precision and speed on the legendary Nantahala Falls course as they compete for the title of 2016 Whitewater Slalom National Champion. Athletes will compete in age groups of U12, 13-18 and adult in divisions including men's kayak, men's canoe, women's kayak, women's canoe and tandem canoe.
Spectators are invited to enjoy the show from the Forest Service walkway along the Nantahala Falls, which affords excellent views of the course. Take in the beautiful fall weather and cheer on your favorite racers as they paddle hard through the classic Nantahala Falls Slalom Course.
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October 22, 2016
12 - 5 pm
Age: All Ages
Celebrate leaf season in the Smoky Mountains at this free event, a family-favorite in the Nantahala Gorge. With activities and prizes for all ages, your friends and family are sure to have a great day on or off the water.
- Pumpkin Decorating - NOC supplies pumpkins, decorating and carving materials. Every child wins a prize after presenting their pumpkins to the Judging Panel.
- Great Pumpkin Pursuit - A free-for-all dash through Nantahala Falls. Participants collect as many numbered pumpkins as possible while racing to the finish. Check back for details on 2015 prizes!
- Costume Contests - Dress to impress the judges! Costume categories are: Kids, Couples, Most in Character and Scariest.
- Live Music - Enjoy a bonfire and live music at Big Wesser BBQ + Brew. S'mores included!
- Beer Garden- sample some seasonal brews from local breweries. Located next to Big Wesser BBQ
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North Carolina's Smoky Mountains
Smoky Mountain Host is located in Western North Carolina in the Great Smoky Mountains. Smoky Mountain Host provides Western North Carolina travel guides, family travel activities, and attractions in Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain Counties as well as the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation.
Plan your family vacation, romantic getaway, destination wedding, or a day in the wilderness with Smoky Mountain Host. You will find lodging that fits your style and budget, shops that sell everything from souvenirs to exquisite mountain crafts, and exciting outdoor adventures for everyone in the family.
Our Western North Carolina attractions include Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, The Factory, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Harrah's Casino, Oconaluftee Indian Village, John C. Campbell Folk School, Gem Mining, Golfing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Canoeing/Rafting, Snow Skiing, and Arts & Theatre. These are just a few of the adventures awaiting for you in Western North Carolina.
This website and our FREE travel guide provides information on Western North Carolina, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and Waterfalls. Communities in Western North Carolina include Andrews, Asheville, Balsam, Brasstwon, Bryson City, Candler, Cashiers, Cherokee, Cullowhee, Dillsboro, Fontana Dam, Franklin, Hayesville, Highlands, Maggie Valley, Murphy, Nantahala, Otto, Robbinsville, Scaly Mountain, Sylva, Waynesville, and Whittier.