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For some, it’s enough to sit on the porch and gaze at the distant mountains. For you—it’s adventure! ‘Outdoor Recreation Blue Ridge Style’ is about hiking through quiet woods, scaling a sheer rock face, pedaling up a mountain bike trail, flying through the treetops tethered to a zip line or taking a paddle to an unruly mountain stream. You only go around once—grab for the gusto in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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<a href="" target="_blank">Nantahala Outdoor Center - Zip Lines</a><a href="" target="_blank">Nantahala Outdoor Center - Zip Lines</a>

Nantahala Outdoor Center - Zip Lines

Soar high above the Nantahala River Gorge on NOC's world-class ridge-to-ridge zip line adventures. Located at NOC’s Nantahala Campus, the Mountaintop Zip Line Tour offers panoramic views of our remote 400-acre property including the breathtaking Nantahala Gorge, Fontana Lake and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The highlight is a jaw-dropping half-mile Mega Zip where you'll fly 350′ above the forest floor. Also on site is the Zip Line Adventure Park (ZLAP) where you'll find 16 aerial adventure elements, from beginner to advanced, along with an exciting 600-foot dual zip line. Negotiate wobbling sky bridges, confusing spider webs and nerve-racking tight ropes on this 2-hour multi-stage challenge course. ZLAP participants can weigh as little as 60 pounds. Both zip line activities can be combined with rafting for an even greater adventure.

13077 Highway 19 West, Bryson City, NC 28713-9114
Phone: 828-785.5082|Toll Free: 800-232-7238
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<a href="" target="_blank">Davidson River Outfitters</a>

Davidson River Outfitters

Davidson River Outfitters is a full service Fly Shop offering, Sage, Temple Fork, St. Croix, Fishpond and other top name manufactures. We offer a full guide service for Trout and Smallmouth Bass; take your choice of a wade trip or a more relaxed float trip down one of the local rivers. We have 3 miles of private trophy water. Our guides are patient certified instructors who will help you hone your skills regardless of your experience level.
95 Pisgah Highway, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
Phone: 828-877-4181|Fax: 828-883-2167|Toll Free: 888-861-0111
<a href="" target="_blank">GREEN RIVER ADVENTURES</a>


Green River Adventures in Saluda, NC provides an unforgettable outdoor experience with top notch customer service as its core value. With their roots based in kayak instruction, they have evolved into a full-adventure business providing everything from the most popular Guided Inflatable Kayak trips on the Green River to their unique 200ft. Bradley Falls Rappel.  They literally have something for everyone!

· Guided Whitewater Trips
· Guided Waterfall and Swimming Hole Hikes
· Waterfall Rappelling
· Kayak Instruction
· Stand Up Paddleboard Rentals 
111 E Main St, Saluda, NC 28773
Phone: 828.749.2800 |Toll Free: 800-335-1530
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Nantahala Outdoor Center - Whitewater Rafting

Rated "One of the Best Outfitters on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure, NOC has been the leader in the rafting industry since 1972. We have outfitted more guests across the globe than any other outdoor company. NOC offers family friendly adventures for rafting and paddling on 8 rivers, as well as zip lining, riverside dining, lodging, shopping, mountain bike rentals, lake kayaking, wilderness medicine training and our world famous Paddling School. With rivers in 4 states throughout the Southeast, we have adventures for all ages and levels—family friendly, big water, high adventure, technical or calm. Our guides are the most experienced in the nation and will give you the trip of a lifetime. Come see for yourself why NOC is a legend in the outdoors! 

13077 Highway 19 West , Bryson City, NC 28713-9114
Phone: 828.785.5082 |Toll Free: 800-232-7238
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<a href="" target="_blank">North Carolina Arboretum</a>

North Carolina Arboretum

Natural beauty comes in a kaleidoscope of colors every season at The North Carolina Arboretum. Surrounded by lush folds of the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, the Arboretum is adjacent to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, at Milepost 393.

The 434-acre public garden offers enriching activities for all ages that explore how plants are important to our world. Stroll through 65 acres of cultivated gardens, or hike or bike along more than 10 miles of trails. See one of the nation’s most unique bonsai collections. Enjoy engaging exhibitions from across the country, as well as those by regional artists and craftspeople.

The Arboretum also features a café and gift shop.

100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806
Phone: 828-665-2492
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<a href="" target="_blank">THE GORGE Zipline</a><a href="" target="_blank">THE GORGE Zipline</a>


THE GORGE ZIPLINE: Saluda, NC - The steepest and fastest zipline canopy tour in America! Begin your 3½ hour trip perched on the rim of the famous Green River Gorge and plunge into untouched wilderness featuring 11 zip lines, 3 huge rappels and a sky bridge. THE GORGE offers unique perspectives and dramatic effects. Comprised solely of tree-based platforms, The Gorge drops an unprecedented 1,100 vertical feet from start to finish. Experience breathtaking views of 14,000 acres of protected forest and hear the roar of the Green River.
166 Honey Bee Drive, Saluda, NC 28773
Phone: 828-749-2500|Toll Free: 855-749-2500
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<a href="" target="_blank">Thrifty Adventures</a><a href="" target="_blank">Thrifty Adventures</a>

Thrifty Adventures

Rock Climbing, Waterfall Repelling, Canvoneering, Mountaineering, Rock & Ice Climbing. Backpacking, Yoga Hikes, Kayaking, Canoeing, White Water Tubing or how about a Brews-n-Tubes adventure on the Toe River? 

Thrifty Adventures is a wilderness guiding service based in western North Carolina that providing the largest variety of experiences you will ever find with any single outdoor adventure company! Our goal is to provide a safe environment for all who strive to test their limits and explore the world around them. Thrifty Adventures excels in creating fun and informative events. We feel it is important to not only offer people new experiences but to dig deeper and teach them about the preservation and history of these areas!

12255 NC Hwy 226A, Spruce Pine (near Little Switzerland), NC 28777
Phone: 704-796-4482
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