North Carolina Outdoor Activities

Lake Santleetlah, NC
Fontana Lake near Bryson City in North Carolina

Things To Do Outdoors - North Carolina Guides & Outfitters

Here are some ideas to help you enjoy the mountains, lakes and rivers of North Carolina. The different guides and outfitters listed below can help you get out and about to explore some special locations in the wild outdoors of the state.

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Official North Carolina Websites

Visit NC

Visit NC

The official website from North Carolina's Economic Development Partnership. It offers a wealth of information about the attractions and sights as well as print and download versions of an annual vacation guide for those looking to plan a stay in the state.

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NC State Parks

North Carolina State Parks

The official website covers 41 different outdoor areas and includes the 34 state parks in North Carolina (the 'missing' seven are state natural and recreation areas. It offers overviews of all the state parks as well as activities such as rock climbing, fishing and hiking.

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Whitewater Rafting Guides & Outfitters

The Ocoee River, Tennessee
The Nantahala River in North Carolina
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North Carolina is renowned for its whitewater rafting and hosts one of the largest outdoor recreation companies in the USA. Most of the famed rafting takes place on the Nantahala River while there is easier paddling and rafting on the French Broad River near Asheville.

Headwaters Outfitters
Headwaters Outfitters
Headwaters is based in Rosman on the French Broad River and offers family-friendly fishing and paddling trips, as well as their own Forks of the River Taproom offering local brews for when the day is done.
Nantahala Outdoor Center
Nantahala Outdoor Center
Nantahala Outdoor Center (usually referred to as 'NOC') is a massive outdoor recreation company based in western North Carolina which plays host to more than a million visitors annually on its water- and land-based adventure programs.

Hiking & Climbing Guides & Outfitters

Dry Falls, North Carolina
Dry Falls in the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina

North Carolina offers a wealth of hiking and rock climbing areas in the west of the state. As well as a section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the western part of the state hosts the Pisgah, Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests, as well as part of the Appalachian Trail.

A Walk In The Woods
Fox Mountain Guides
Fox Mountain Guides is based in Brevard and offers rock and ice climbing courses on the granite domes of North Carolina, as well as options further afield in summer and winter.
Blue Ridge Hiking Company, Asheville NC
Blue Ridge Hiking Company
Blue Ridge Hiking Company is based in Asheville and offers guided day and overnight hikes in North Carolina as well as outfitter services.