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Wednesday, August 17, 2022
END OF SUMMER RAFTING SPECIAL!
Aug 17 all-day
Various rivers in Western NC
Pigeon White Water
                                            Rafting

END OF SUMMER

RAFTING SPECIAL!

There’s still time to squeeze a little more splash into your summer! There is nothing is better than cool mountain water in the August heat. Paddle the French Broad River or take it next level with a ducky rental down the Nantahala. Whichever you choose, here’s an End of Summer Offer you can’t refuse!

SAVE 20% OFF

ON SELECT OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

PADDLE22

Use code PADDLE22 through August 31st for 20% OFF any of the four activities highlighted below. Activity dates through 9/5 are eligible for the discount.

NANTAHALA RAFTING

A classic and a must-do experience for anyone visiting the Southeast!

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FRENCH BROAD RAFTING

Just 30 minutes from downtown Asheville, you can have fun on the river and make it back to town in time for dinner.

French Broad River
                                            Rafting

CHATTOOGA RIVER

SECT. III

The Wild and Scenic Chattooga River is an iconic river rafting adventure, rich in natural beauty and acclaimed rapids. Come see for yourself!

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Moonlight Mountaintop Zip Line Tour
Aug 17 all-day
Nantahala Outdoor Center

Zip line lights on the Moonlight Mountaintop Zip Line Tour trip

Nantahala Outdoor Center’s premier Mountaintop Zip Line Tour takes the heart-pounding intensity up a notch when it’s under the night time sky! On dates near a full moon, NOC offers limited trips on this stunning Moonlight Mountaintop Zip Line Tour.

Zip under the night sky while taking in the sights and sounds of the calm Blue Ridge Mountains. NOC’s expert aerial guides use glow sticks to signal you, and you use glow sticks to paint the night sky. This adventure truly feels magical.

NOC’s Moonlight Mountaintop Zip Line Tour consists of two-miles of mountaintop-to-mountaintop zip lines, culminating in the heart-pounding 1/2 mile Mega Zip underneath the stars – silhouetting stunning 360-degree views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Highlights

  • NOC’s Moonlight Mountaintop Zip Line is an unparalleled experience of mountaintop-to-mountaintop zips under a full moon.
  • Glow sticks are used by Aerial Guides to signal you forward through the course.
  • Participants use glow sticks to paint the star-filled sky.
  • The 1/2 Mile Mega Zip is the true gem of the trip – offering silhouetted 360-degree views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the starry night sky.

What to Expect

Please check-in for your trip 30 minutes prior to your reservation at the Adventure Deck. All guests should have prior zip lining experience. Once being fitted for equipment, guests will shuttle to a ground school where they will receive instructions on how to use glow sticks to signal with the Aerial Guides. Guests will be required to demonstrate proficiency in zip lining including breaking.

Bullington Gardens: Fairy Trail
Aug 17 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bullington Gardens

Join us on the magical Fairy Trail where your imagination is the only limit.

Developed by Fairies and dedicated volunteers, Bullington Gardens’ Fairy Trail is a whimsical treat for the young and the young at heart. Featuring charming vignettes and villages, the fairy trail will charm you with its thoughtful design, eye catching displays and secret woodland trail.

Rules of the trail:

Do not move or rearrange fairy displays. The fairies are very fond of their own decorating.

Do not leave trash on the trail. Fairies do not like litter in their town.

Please ensure children and pets are supervised at all times. Dogs and loud noises can scare the fairies into hiding.

Do not disturb wildlife or vegetation. The fairies depend on the vegetation to build their homes.

The trail is one way only. Please stay on the trail at all times.

P.S. the Fairies would like us to remind you that we are a non-profit and donations are greatly appreciated. Help us keep the fairies living in the style with which they’ve become accustomed.

Summer Animal Encounters
Aug 17 @ 2:00 pm
Chimney Rock State Park

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Did you know our staff had a wild side? Join a Park naturalist to meet some of our live Animal Ambassadors and learn what kind of wildlife inhabits the Park and their important roles in the ecosystem. Some of our best teachers have feathers, fur, shells or scales!

Thursday, August 18, 2022
END OF SUMMER RAFTING SPECIAL!
Aug 18 all-day
Various rivers in Western NC
Pigeon White Water
                                            Rafting

END OF SUMMER

RAFTING SPECIAL!

There’s still time to squeeze a little more splash into your summer! There is nothing is better than cool mountain water in the August heat. Paddle the French Broad River or take it next level with a ducky rental down the Nantahala. Whichever you choose, here’s an End of Summer Offer you can’t refuse!

SAVE 20% OFF

ON SELECT OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

PADDLE22

Use code PADDLE22 through August 31st for 20% OFF any of the four activities highlighted below. Activity dates through 9/5 are eligible for the discount.

NANTAHALA RAFTING

A classic and a must-do experience for anyone visiting the Southeast!

I'm an
                                          image

FRENCH BROAD RAFTING

Just 30 minutes from downtown Asheville, you can have fun on the river and make it back to town in time for dinner.

French Broad River
                                            Rafting

CHATTOOGA RIVER

SECT. III

The Wild and Scenic Chattooga River is an iconic river rafting adventure, rich in natural beauty and acclaimed rapids. Come see for yourself!

I'm an image
Moonlight Mountaintop Zip Line Tour
Aug 18 all-day
Nantahala Outdoor Center

Zip line lights on the Moonlight Mountaintop Zip Line Tour trip

Nantahala Outdoor Center’s premier Mountaintop Zip Line Tour takes the heart-pounding intensity up a notch when it’s under the night time sky! On dates near a full moon, NOC offers limited trips on this stunning Moonlight Mountaintop Zip Line Tour.

Zip under the night sky while taking in the sights and sounds of the calm Blue Ridge Mountains. NOC’s expert aerial guides use glow sticks to signal you, and you use glow sticks to paint the night sky. This adventure truly feels magical.

NOC’s Moonlight Mountaintop Zip Line Tour consists of two-miles of mountaintop-to-mountaintop zip lines, culminating in the heart-pounding 1/2 mile Mega Zip underneath the stars – silhouetting stunning 360-degree views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Highlights

  • NOC’s Moonlight Mountaintop Zip Line is an unparalleled experience of mountaintop-to-mountaintop zips under a full moon.
  • Glow sticks are used by Aerial Guides to signal you forward through the course.
  • Participants use glow sticks to paint the star-filled sky.
  • The 1/2 Mile Mega Zip is the true gem of the trip – offering silhouetted 360-degree views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the starry night sky.

What to Expect

Please check-in for your trip 30 minutes prior to your reservation at the Adventure Deck. All guests should have prior zip lining experience. Once being fitted for equipment, guests will shuttle to a ground school where they will receive instructions on how to use glow sticks to signal with the Aerial Guides. Guests will be required to demonstrate proficiency in zip lining including breaking.

Bullington Gardens: Fairy Trail
Aug 18 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bullington Gardens

Join us on the magical Fairy Trail where your imagination is the only limit.

Developed by Fairies and dedicated volunteers, Bullington Gardens’ Fairy Trail is a whimsical treat for the young and the young at heart. Featuring charming vignettes and villages, the fairy trail will charm you with its thoughtful design, eye catching displays and secret woodland trail.

Rules of the trail:

Do not move or rearrange fairy displays. The fairies are very fond of their own decorating.

Do not leave trash on the trail. Fairies do not like litter in their town.

Please ensure children and pets are supervised at all times. Dogs and loud noises can scare the fairies into hiding.

Do not disturb wildlife or vegetation. The fairies depend on the vegetation to build their homes.

The trail is one way only. Please stay on the trail at all times.

P.S. the Fairies would like us to remind you that we are a non-profit and donations are greatly appreciated. Help us keep the fairies living in the style with which they’ve become accustomed.

WILD About Elk Educator Workshop
Aug 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain
A bull elk at Grandfather Mountain

NOTE: This Educator Workshop is intended specifically for educators — not the general public.

Hosted by Tanya Poole, outreach education specialist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, this workshop will teach participants about the life history and management of elk, as well as how to incorporate activities about elk into the N.C. Curriculum. Participants will also get to meet the bull elk who call Grandfather Mountain home and what it takes to keep them healthy and happy. Educators will be provided with the WILD About Elk Activity Guide upon completion of the workshop.

NC EE Certification Credit: Criteria II or III and CEU credit are available upon completion of workshop.

This workshop is free to attend, although advance registration is required. Limited to 25 participants. Registration opens here June 20. Attendees are also asked to bring their own lunch, although there is a restaurant on site.

What to Bring?
Your time will be spent indoors and outdoors and all programs are held rain, snow or shine. You should be prepared for a variety of mountain weather conditions and temperatures. Appropriate clothing, equipment, and footwear are very important. Please bring a daypack with enough room to carry extra clothing (i.e., extra layers, rain gear), water, lunch, notepad/paper, pen/pencil, etc. Mildred’s Grill will be open and participants may purchase food from the restaurant for lunch if they prefer to do so.

Additional information
Educational Experience Forms will be available for certification hours and Continuing Education Credit for the instructor to sign off on. Grandfather Mountain may also serve as Criteria III – Site visit hours, but these hours must be gained outside of the time that the workshop takes place (i.e., prior to or after the workshop). Staff will be available to sign off on these site visit forms.

Refunds/Cancelations
The majority of Grandfather Mountain events generally sell out and have a waiting list. If you cannot attend the event that you registered for please let us know. This allows time for individuals on the waiting list to make accommodations to attend the event. To cancel your registration please call 828-733-2013 Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. We ask that individuals who are feeling ill stay home to ensure the health and safety of other participants and Grandfather Mountain staff.

About Grandfather Mountain Educator Workshops
Grandfather Mountain’s Educator Workshop series invites educators to take advantage of the mountain’s classroom in the clouds. This is an opportunity to learn and have fun, while earning certification as an environmental educator in North Carolina. These programs offer credits with Criteria I, II and III programs. All workshops take place at Grandfather Mountain and may include some walking, so participants are encouraged to bring appropriate footwear and be prepared for inclement weather. Learn more about 2022’s lineup.

ArborEvenings
Aug 18 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
The North Carolina Arboretum

Sip and stroll through the Arboretum’s gardens in the glow of the golden hour, all while listening to live music from a variety of local and regional artists! ArborEvenings runs Thursdays and most Fridays through September 30, 2022 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

There is no additional cost to attend ArborEvenings beyond our standard parking fee. As always, Arboretum Society members and their accompanying guests can enter for FREE (guests must be in member vehicles to receive free entry). Proceeds from ArborEvenings help support the The North Carolina Arboretum Society and further advance the Arboretum’s mission.

Find more information, including a musician schedule, here.

Beverage Service

Beer, Wine, and soft drinks will be for sale onsite at the Green Gardener’s Shed from 5:30 to 8:15 p.m. each night of the event. Outside alcohol is strictly prohibited, but guests are welcome to bring in water or a favorite non-alcoholic beverage.

Food Available for Pre-Order, Picnics Welcome

Although the Bent Creek Bistro will not be open during the event, they will be offering their delicious dining options at ArborEvenings via pre-order! Simply place your online order — including alcoholic beverages — up until 11 a.m. on the date you plan to attend, then pick up your order at the Baker Information Desk between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. (In the event of rain cancellation, pre-orders will be fully refunded.)

Guests are welcome to bring in outside food and non-alcoholic beverages. However, outside alcohol is strictly prohibited.

Please note: ArborEvenings will not be held in the event of rain. Please check the website or Facebook page by 3 p.m. for any cancellation announcements prior to attending. 

Friday, August 19, 2022
END OF SUMMER RAFTING SPECIAL!
Aug 19 all-day
Various rivers in Western NC
Pigeon White Water
                                            Rafting

END OF SUMMER

RAFTING SPECIAL!

There’s still time to squeeze a little more splash into your summer! There is nothing is better than cool mountain water in the August heat. Paddle the French Broad River or take it next level with a ducky rental down the Nantahala. Whichever you choose, here’s an End of Summer Offer you can’t refuse!

SAVE 20% OFF

ON SELECT OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

PADDLE22

Use code PADDLE22 through August 31st for 20% OFF any of the four activities highlighted below. Activity dates through 9/5 are eligible for the discount.

NANTAHALA RAFTING

A classic and a must-do experience for anyone visiting the Southeast!

I'm an
                                          image

FRENCH BROAD RAFTING

Just 30 minutes from downtown Asheville, you can have fun on the river and make it back to town in time for dinner.

French Broad River
                                            Rafting

CHATTOOGA RIVER

SECT. III

The Wild and Scenic Chattooga River is an iconic river rafting adventure, rich in natural beauty and acclaimed rapids. Come see for yourself!

I'm an image
Moonlight Mountaintop Zip Line Tour
Aug 19 all-day
Nantahala Outdoor Center

Zip line lights on the Moonlight Mountaintop Zip Line Tour trip

Nantahala Outdoor Center’s premier Mountaintop Zip Line Tour takes the heart-pounding intensity up a notch when it’s under the night time sky! On dates near a full moon, NOC offers limited trips on this stunning Moonlight Mountaintop Zip Line Tour.

Zip under the night sky while taking in the sights and sounds of the calm Blue Ridge Mountains. NOC’s expert aerial guides use glow sticks to signal you, and you use glow sticks to paint the night sky. This adventure truly feels magical.

NOC’s Moonlight Mountaintop Zip Line Tour consists of two-miles of mountaintop-to-mountaintop zip lines, culminating in the heart-pounding 1/2 mile Mega Zip underneath the stars – silhouetting stunning 360-degree views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Highlights

  • NOC’s Moonlight Mountaintop Zip Line is an unparalleled experience of mountaintop-to-mountaintop zips under a full moon.
  • Glow sticks are used by Aerial Guides to signal you forward through the course.
  • Participants use glow sticks to paint the star-filled sky.
  • The 1/2 Mile Mega Zip is the true gem of the trip – offering silhouetted 360-degree views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the starry night sky.

What to Expect

Please check-in for your trip 30 minutes prior to your reservation at the Adventure Deck. All guests should have prior zip lining experience. Once being fitted for equipment, guests will shuttle to a ground school where they will receive instructions on how to use glow sticks to signal with the Aerial Guides. Guests will be required to demonstrate proficiency in zip lining including breaking.

Nantahala Outdoor Center 2023 Adventure travel trips
Aug 19 all-day
Nantahala Outdoor Center

Adventure is what we do.

Nantahala Outdoor Center has a long history of venturing where many haven’t, pioneering new adventures, and bringing opportunities to experience the outdoors to millions of guests over five decades. Our International Adventure Tours offer unique destinations, exciting adventures and activities, experienced guides, and world-class hospitality. These all-inclusive, small group excursions will redefine how you travel. Experience some of the most breathtaking places in the world without feeling like a tourist.

If your idea of fun is a rafting trip on the Chilko, a quiet lake paddle in Argentina, surf lessons in Ecuador, or trekking in Iceland, our trips have something for every adventure and skill level. Enjoy kayaking, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, yoga, surfing, ziplining, wine tastings, or cultural experiences, along with the flexibility to customize your own adventure. Settle in after your travels in some of the most unique accommodations in the world; from cozy lodges and five star resorts, with local cuisine and tastings, every detail is meticulously planned so you can soak up every moment.

We hope these guided, off-the-beaten-path expeditions will foster the same spirit of adventure we encourage in our Southeastern locations, while giving you the opportunity to explore beyond your own backyard.

 

We have officially announced our new 2023 Adventure travel trips for you to explore new destinations, try new adventures, and experience new cultures! Our trips are small groups, offer world-class hospitality, unique lodging and the most diverse activity options for you to try! We’re giving “revenge travel” new meaning.

Bullington Gardens: Fairy Trail
Aug 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bullington Gardens

Join us on the magical Fairy Trail where your imagination is the only limit.

Developed by Fairies and dedicated volunteers, Bullington Gardens’ Fairy Trail is a whimsical treat for the young and the young at heart. Featuring charming vignettes and villages, the fairy trail will charm you with its thoughtful design, eye catching displays and secret woodland trail.

Rules of the trail:

Do not move or rearrange fairy displays. The fairies are very fond of their own decorating.

Do not leave trash on the trail. Fairies do not like litter in their town.

Please ensure children and pets are supervised at all times. Dogs and loud noises can scare the fairies into hiding.

Do not disturb wildlife or vegetation. The fairies depend on the vegetation to build their homes.

The trail is one way only. Please stay on the trail at all times.

P.S. the Fairies would like us to remind you that we are a non-profit and donations are greatly appreciated. Help us keep the fairies living in the style with which they’ve become accustomed.

ArborEvenings
Aug 19 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
The North Carolina Arboretum

Sip and stroll through the Arboretum’s gardens in the glow of the golden hour, all while listening to live music from a variety of local and regional artists! ArborEvenings runs Thursdays and most Fridays through September 30, 2022 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

There is no additional cost to attend ArborEvenings beyond our standard parking fee. As always, Arboretum Society members and their accompanying guests can enter for FREE (guests must be in member vehicles to receive free entry). Proceeds from ArborEvenings help support the The North Carolina Arboretum Society and further advance the Arboretum’s mission.

Find more information, including a musician schedule, here.

Beverage Service

Beer, Wine, and soft drinks will be for sale onsite at the Green Gardener’s Shed from 5:30 to 8:15 p.m. each night of the event. Outside alcohol is strictly prohibited, but guests are welcome to bring in water or a favorite non-alcoholic beverage.

Food Available for Pre-Order, Picnics Welcome

Although the Bent Creek Bistro will not be open during the event, they will be offering their delicious dining options at ArborEvenings via pre-order! Simply place your online order — including alcoholic beverages — up until 11 a.m. on the date you plan to attend, then pick up your order at the Baker Information Desk between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. (In the event of rain cancellation, pre-orders will be fully refunded.)

Guests are welcome to bring in outside food and non-alcoholic beverages. However, outside alcohol is strictly prohibited.

Please note: ArborEvenings will not be held in the event of rain. Please check the website or Facebook page by 3 p.m. for any cancellation announcements prior to attending. 

Greenville Heritage Main Street Fridays
Aug 19 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
NOMA Square

This weekly music series on Main Street at NOMA Square opens at 5:30 p.m. and closes at 9:30 p.m., with bands playing two sets at 5:50 p.m. and 7:40 p.m. NOMA Square chairs go fast, so bring a tailgating chair if you are not arriving early.

Salsa at Sunset
Aug 19 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Camperdown Plaza, downtown Greenville

Join us for Salsa at Sunset – the hottest summer night in South Carolina! Join UI and C.O.T. Band for Salsa at Sunset – the hottest summer night in South Carolina! This popular event includes free salsa dance lessons and live music in downtown Greenville on the Camperdown Plaza, corner of South Main & Broad Streets. Invite your friends and family to this free community event.

Grandfather Mountain Campfire Stories
Aug 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Grandfather Mountain
People gathering around a bonfire at Grandfather Mountain

This all-new event allows guests to enjoy stories around the campfire from interesting figures in the realms of science, conservation and environmental education, all while experiencing the wonder of Grandfather Mountain after dark.

This event costs $50 for general admission and $42 for members of Grandfather Mountain’s Bridge Club. Online registration begins July 19.

Saturday, August 20, 2022
END OF SUMMER RAFTING SPECIAL!
Aug 20 all-day
Various rivers in Western NC
Pigeon White Water
                                            Rafting

END OF SUMMER

RAFTING SPECIAL!

There’s still time to squeeze a little more splash into your summer! There is nothing is better than cool mountain water in the August heat. Paddle the French Broad River or take it next level with a ducky rental down the Nantahala. Whichever you choose, here’s an End of Summer Offer you can’t refuse!

SAVE 20% OFF

ON SELECT OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

PADDLE22

Use code PADDLE22 through August 31st for 20% OFF any of the four activities highlighted below. Activity dates through 9/5 are eligible for the discount.

NANTAHALA RAFTING

A classic and a must-do experience for anyone visiting the Southeast!

I'm an
                                          image

FRENCH BROAD RAFTING

Just 30 minutes from downtown Asheville, you can have fun on the river and make it back to town in time for dinner.

French Broad River
                                            Rafting

CHATTOOGA RIVER

SECT. III

The Wild and Scenic Chattooga River is an iconic river rafting adventure, rich in natural beauty and acclaimed rapids. Come see for yourself!

I'm an image
Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic
Aug 20 – Aug 21 all-day
Grandfather Mountain
Photographers taking pictures on top of Grandfather Mountain

Top photographers gather at Grandfather Mountain to present on the nuts and bolts of making good photographs. This event is free to working members of the press, with an additional cost for non-press professionals and amateurs. Online registration begins July 20.

Moonlight Mountaintop Zip Line Tour
Aug 20 all-day
Nantahala Outdoor Center

Zip line lights on the Moonlight Mountaintop Zip Line Tour trip

Nantahala Outdoor Center’s premier Mountaintop Zip Line Tour takes the heart-pounding intensity up a notch when it’s under the night time sky! On dates near a full moon, NOC offers limited trips on this stunning Moonlight Mountaintop Zip Line Tour.

Zip under the night sky while taking in the sights and sounds of the calm Blue Ridge Mountains. NOC’s expert aerial guides use glow sticks to signal you, and you use glow sticks to paint the night sky. This adventure truly feels magical.

NOC’s Moonlight Mountaintop Zip Line Tour consists of two-miles of mountaintop-to-mountaintop zip lines, culminating in the heart-pounding 1/2 mile Mega Zip underneath the stars – silhouetting stunning 360-degree views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Highlights

  • NOC’s Moonlight Mountaintop Zip Line is an unparalleled experience of mountaintop-to-mountaintop zips under a full moon.
  • Glow sticks are used by Aerial Guides to signal you forward through the course.
  • Participants use glow sticks to paint the star-filled sky.
  • The 1/2 Mile Mega Zip is the true gem of the trip – offering silhouetted 360-degree views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the starry night sky.

What to Expect

Please check-in for your trip 30 minutes prior to your reservation at the Adventure Deck. All guests should have prior zip lining experience. Once being fitted for equipment, guests will shuttle to a ground school where they will receive instructions on how to use glow sticks to signal with the Aerial Guides. Guests will be required to demonstrate proficiency in zip lining including breaking.