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I’m Chris Bainbridge… and I love the Carolinas. This is an amazing place to find adventure of all shapes and sizes – even in our changing world. Ingles has sent me on a mission to bring you the very best that our beautiful home has to offer – food, fun, nature music and more… all affordable and all exceptional. This is The Ingles Open Road.
Living in the mountains and in the backcountry gives us the opportunity to experience some really great adventures. And there is 1 adventure company that stands out from the rest. The Nantahala Outdoor Center (or NOC) is the largest outdoor recreation organization nationwide.
And today we’re having a great time in Bryson City. Although NOC is headquartered here in Swain County, North Carolina, it calls mountains and rivers in several states home and conducts expeditions around the world. They are probably best known for their white water adventures: rafting, kayaking, canoeing and duckies.
One of the great things about NOC is the classes. Many people really want to learn how to safely experience our region’s lakes and rivers. And the classes you get here are some of the best in the world. And while the NOC will forever be at the forefront of aquatic adventures, it has taken its offering to new heights in recent years.
If your boat is hanging between the treetops, there’s also the Zipline Adventure Park, or Z-LAP. And for little adventurers, NOC’s treetop adventure nets are the perfect play for children aged three and over. Today I’m getting ready to experience their signature mountaintop zip line.
Sitting on the edge of the Nantahala Gorge, they tell me I’ll be gliding over 350 feet above the river in the valley below. And I’m not afraid at all. This main campus is a beautiful area to explore in and of itself – with cool shops, 2 great restaurants, the rushing river and plenty of places to pack that Ingles picnic and bask in the beauty of nature.
You can also embark on mountain bike adventures, guided hikes and more from here. various overnight options if you want to make it a multi-day experience. But now it’s time to head up the mountain to dangle my toes over the treetops.
The best place to start your adventure is online at NOC.com. Planning your excursion is easy and affordable, and the experts are there to help you every step of the way. Experience the thrill of nature and the beauty of these mountains. Your weekend awaits at the Ingles Open Road.