About the WNC Region


Welcome to the Western North Carolina Region

Western North Carolina (abbreviated “WNC” by local paddlers) stretches from the Piedmont to the Tennessee state line, including Asheville and the Nantahala area. WNC contains very few “urban” areas, with Asheville being the area’s largest city and commercial hub and is home to the Great Smoky Mountains, the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Nantahala National Forest, the Pisgah National Forest…making it an outdoor lover’s paradise.

In addition to world-class hiking and mountain biking, the region boasts some of the premier Southeast whitewater runs. Popular runs like the Nantahala River, French Broad River, Cheoah River, and Green River are close by and many elite creek runs are within a short drive, including the Nantahala Cascades, Snowbird, Santeetlah, West Prong, among others. The paddling options range in difficulty levels and remoteness, providing something for every paddler.

In 2013, WNC will earn its place on the world map when the Nantahala River hosts the ICF World Freestyle Championship. World Kayak will be hosting Hometown Throwdown events on the Nantahala so WK competitors will get to compete on a world-class feature! Stay tuned for other events in the area.

Recent News and Info

NOC #3 Throwdown Results: Ending on a high note

August 1st, 2014 Contributed by: millers

July was our last official throwdown, but it but some new faces. The weather was great and everyone had a ton of smiles. There was so much spinning around that a few of our competitors got dizzy.
We had 19 competitors for this throwdown. It great to see some new faces in the ... Read More →

NOC #2 Throwdown Results: Let the good times roll on

June 23rd, 2014 Contributed by: millers

June brought great weather and another super fun throwdown. A lot of the competitors returned to the June throwdown to get in their newest tricks and just have some fun at the NOC Wave.
We had 30 competitors for this throwdown. Many of the competitors have learned that the cartwheels and spins ... Read More →

Spring Splash NOC Hometown Throwdown #1

April 29th, 2014 Contributed by: millers

NOC #1 Throwdown Results: Newcomers Welcome!!!
Spring Slash at the NOC was host to the first WK Hometown Throwdown at NOC for the year. We had a great group of competitors that traveled from near and far to show us their best tricks in the hole. We even had an appearance by the ... Read More →



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