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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PEANUTS™ Pumpkin Patch Express
The leaves will be turning this October and the pumpkins will be ready to be carved! The PEANUTS gang returns to the GSMR Pumpkin Patch this October. Ready for some family fun? PEANUTS™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express returns to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for 2016! The excursions, which are themed after Charles M. Schulz’s classic story “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” will be departing from the Bryson City Depot in October of 2016!
Steam of the Smokies
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad scenic rail excursions take you from the historic depot in Bryson City, through the beautiful countryside of Western North Carolina. The GSMR variety of train options and special event trains is perfect for making memories! GSMR is one of the top Fun Things to do in North Carolina for families. Dine in the First Class Cars with a private attendant and breathtaking views or take it all in while riding in an Open Air Gondola! Step on board for your next rail adventure!
Reservations Line: 800-872-4681, option 1 or visit GSMR for more information.
2016 Nantahala Gorge Steam Engine Excursion Trip Departure Times: Oct 1 - 31: 9AM & 2PM
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.