Great Smoky Mountains Adventure Headquarters
Treat Dad to a weekend of exhilarating outdoor adventures with Nantahala Outdoor Center
WESSER, N.C., June 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC), one of the largest outdoor recreation companies in the nation, invites families to an action-packed Father's Day weekend on the river. Dads will get a first-hand look at the Zip Line Adventure Park that opens on Friday, June 15. Nantahala Outdoor Center, your Great Smoky Mountains' adventure headquarters, will also celebrate Olympic Day and host the first Canoe Club Challenge of the season over the weekend.
The new Nantahala Zip Line Adventure Park will open Friday, June 15 and will add an exciting half-day recreation option in addition to white water rafting for guests vacationing in the Western North Carolina mountains. The park features components of a traditional zip line or canopy tour, where guests fly high above the forest floor in the tree canopy on a series of steel cables. It also offers maximum safety, as the passive system does not require any staff manipulation while a participant is on the course. The course will have two levels with 17 total elements, including zip lines, sky bridges, and aerial trekking activities.
On Saturday, join 1996 Atlanta Olympians Wayne Dickert and Horace Holden for a day-long celebration of the Olympic ideals of fair play, perseverance, sportsmanship, respect and fitness. Olympic Day will feature various children's activities including torch runs, on-the-water clinics, and several river races throughout the afternoon. Guests are invited to compete for prizes during the Olympic Trivia game at the Outfitter's Store. In addition, Olympic-themed lunch specials will be available at River's End Restaurant.
Alongside Olympic Day, the Canoe Club Challenge allows teams to test their precision paddling and skill with a 5-mile race downstream to NOC. The challenge is open to people of all ages and participants have the option to paddle alone or with a group. Following the race, an awards ceremony will take place at Slow Joe's Café. Families can also enjoy the smooth tunes of a live jazz band for the remainder of the evening.
"We are pleased to invite Dads from all over the South and East coast to join us for Father's Day weekend," declared Sutton Bacon, CEO of NOC. "We have a number of unique, fun-filled outdoor activities that are sure to entertain. Our goal is to show fathers appreciation for everything that they do and give them a great weekend of memories."
For more information on Nantahala Outdoor Center's events or to make reservations visit NOC.com or call 888.905.7238.
About Nantahala Outdoor Center
Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) is one of the nation's largest outdoor recreation companies. Over a million guests visit NOC annually to embark on a diverse collection of more than 120 different whitewater rafting and land-based itineraries, learn to kayak at NOC's world-renowned Paddling School, travel to foreign countries with NOC's Adventure Travel program, test the latest outdoor gear and shop at its three LEED-certified flagship retail stores or enjoy NOC's resort amenities such as its three restaurants and multi-tiered lodging. A privately-held company, NOC is one of the largest employers in Western North Carolina, and 22 Olympians including 2 Gold Medalists have called NOC home. NOC has been recently recognized by The New York Times as the "Nation's Premiere Paddling School," "The Best Place to Learn" by Outside, and as "One of the Best Outfitters on Earth" by National Geographic ADVENTURE.
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