Nantahala Outdoor Center in Asheville

The Nantahala Outdoor Center at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in Asheville, NC guides guests seeking outdoor adventures

By Chris Russell on November 4, 2011 at 7:34 pm EST
Asheville NC Nantahala Outdoor Center Basecamp

PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy of Nantahala Outdoor Center


In Asheville, outdoor recreation is out of sight.

From whitewater rafting and scenic biking trails to beautiful gardens and horseback riding, Asheville is a hub for outside activities.

It’s no wonder the city recently hosted the annual conference of the Outdoor Industry Association, a trade association that provides services for more than 4,000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and retailers in the industry.

With such a strong reputation as a leader in open-air activities, it’s only natural that a unique retail and concept shop would find its way to the area.

Nantahala Outdoor Center at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa

Asheville’s historic Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa teamed up with the city’s Nantahala Outdoor Center to build the Nantahala Outdoor Center at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa.

Described by NOC Marketing Director Charles Conner as an “adventure concierge,” the location allows visitors and guests of the hotel to inquire about the best and most appropriate outings around Asheville.

“Guests can reserve numerous guided trips including whitewater rafting on four nearby rivers, canopy tours, fishing excursions, area day hikes, flatwater paddling tours and more,” Conner says. “Beyond guided trips, our staff will provide resources for do-it-yourself adventures and maps to recreation areas, as well as expert advice on how to best enjoy these destinations.”

Outdoor Gear

The shop has a limited selection of gear and apparel from such leading outdoor lifestyle brands as Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear, Keen and The North Face.

“Beyond just outfitting guests, the shop has gifts and information about Asheville’s outdoors, making the shop valuable to armchair adventurers or those on an all-business itinerary,” Conner says.


And as a LEED-certified establishment, the Nantahala Outdoor Center at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa was built with not only outdoor adventure seekers in mind, but the outdoors itself.

Its LED lights consume low amounts of power and don’t emit much heat. The floors and countertops will be made from rapidly renewing resources like bamboo and wheatboard. The building will also utilize renewable power and even encourage sustainable practices from the staff and guests, such as promoting bicycle use for transportation.

“We’re excited to be the official activity provider for the Southeast’s most beloved resort, and we’re determined to add value to every guest’s visit. Asheville visitors can now have it all – the best of the indoors and the best of the outdoors,” says Sutton Bacon, CEO of the NOC.

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