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Nantahala Outdoor Center’s Great Outpost

Located at the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in downtown Gatlinburg, NOC’s flagship store, “The Great Outpost” has been the beacon in the storm for outdoor lovers. The store’s 18,000 square feet are packed with outdoor gear from premier brands, plus local goods and gifts and everything you’ll need for an outdoor Smoky Mountain adventure.

Rope Bridge

A shopping experience like no other, Nantahala Outdoor Center Gatlinburg brings some outdoor adventures indoors. When you’re browsing the second floor of the store, make sure to get from Point A to Point B via the swinging rope bridge.

Rock Wall

NOC is more than a sporting goods store. It’s an experience all of its own. Strap into a harness and practice your mountain climbing skills at the indoor rock wall. Don’t worry, there are guides and assistants available to make sure your climb is a safe one.


If you’ve explored to your heart’s content but some of the others in your group have not, the center’s large fireplace is throwing welcoming heat and light no matter what time of year it is. Pull up a seat and watch the flames or play some of the available games while you wait for the last shoppers in your group to make their final purchases.

Bear Cave

While you want to steer clear of the animal’s home in the wild, the ‘bear cave’ at NOC is a fun way for the kids to kill some time while the grown-ups shop. They can enter through a hole in the wall, crawl through and come out the other side as many times as they want!


With all the in-store activities to do, you might have forgotten why you came. NOC is a great place to get new gear for all your Smoky Mountain region outdoor adventure needs. With kayaks, canoes, tents, hiking boots, and so much more available you can outfit yourself and your campsite all in one place before heading out on the adventures of a lifetime.


Adventure awaits! Enjoy your time outdoors at Smoky Mountain National Park. When you gear up at the Nantahala rafting center, make sure to plan your Smoky Mountain adventures before you go. Once the guides have helped outfit you for adventure, they can help you plan your next steps, including guided hikes, breathtaking lookout spots, and book your Pigeon River rafting trip with a bonus discount for booking in-store.

Amazing Adventure at Nantahala Outdoor Center

No matter how much time you plan to spend in the area, Nantahala rafting center Gatlinburg wants to take care of all of your outdoor needs and desires. When it comes to your accommodations on your Gatlinburg getaway, Kaizen Rentals wants to take care of all of your needs and desires. Choose from a cozy one-bedroom for your small family or a romantic trip with your sweetheart, all the way up to a six-bedroom to accommodate a family or group reunion. Enjoy preparing home-cooked meals in the fully equipped kitchen, lounging in spacious living areas, and enjoying the natural beauty of the area in private outdoor spaces.

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