Presented by the Nantahala Racing Club, the Glacier Breaker is a family-friendly slalom and downriver event on the Nantahala River. This fun community event is a great introduction for first-time racers. Participants can use racing or plastic boats.
NRC Glacier Breaker
Date: February 23 - 24, 2019
Time: 12 pm
Age: All Ages
Slalom: Nantahala Bridge Gates (Class II)
Downriver Classic: The Ledges Rapid to below the 2013 Wave (Class II - III)
Pre-registration: Click here
Onsite registration: February 23, 8:30-9:30 AM, Big Wesser Riverside. $5 Late Fee Applies.
Saturday, February 23 Time Location
2019 Event Schedule
Onsite Registration & Check-in 8:30 - 9:30 am Big Wesser Riverside
Slalom Volunteer Meeting 10 am Big Wesser Riverside
Slalom Competitor's Meeting 10:30 am Big Wesser Riverside
Slalom Course Walk with NRC Coaches 11 am Nantahala Bridge Gates
Slalom START 12 pm Nantahala Bridge Gates
Slalom Awards 3 pm Big Wesser Riverside
Sunday, February 24 Time Location
Downriver Registration 9 - 10 am Big Wesser Riverside
Competitor's Meeting 10:30 am Big Wesser Riverside
Downriver Classic START 11:30 am Ledges Rapid
Downriver Awards Ceremony 12:30 pm Big Wesser Riverside
Visit NantahalaRacingClub.com for more information.
Nantahala Outdoor Center's main campus, the Nantahala River Outpost is located in far Western North Carolina on US Highway 19. 12 miles from Bryson City and on the south side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the outpost is nestled in the Nantahala Gorge. If you are on a Rapid Transit rafting/train excursions, the meeting place is in Bryson City at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot.
From Asheville, NC: Take I-40 West towards Knoxville, TN. Take exit 27 onto US 74 West towards Waynesville. Stay on 74 West, the outpost is 50 miles down this road. 8 miles past Bryson City, the 4-lane will split into two 2-lane roads. Stay on 74, the left lane. You will enter the Nantahala Gorge and after 5-miles you see the Nantahala River and NOC's Nantahala Outpost.
From Gatlinburg, TN: Take 441 South through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and through Cherokee. Just past Cherokee, get on 74 West. After 15 miles, the road will split into two 2-lane roads. Stay on 74 W, the left lane, and continue the 5-milts to the NOC Nantahala Outpost.
From East Atlanta: Take I-85 North to I-985 North. At Gainesville, take 365 North to 441 North. Just past Dillsboro, NC, 441 merges with US 74. 8 miles past Bryson City, the 4-lane splits into two 2-lane roads. Stay on 74, the left lane. Continue 5-miles and arrive at the NOC Nantahala Outpost.
From West Atlanta: Take I-75 North to I-575 North. I-575 becomes State Hwy 5, and then Hwy 76. Stay on this road until Blue Ridge, GA where you turn left onto Hwy 60 towards Mineral Bluff, GA. In Mineral Bluff, turn right onto Hwy 60 Spur. Follow it into North Carolina to US 74 East, turning right towards Murphy and Andrews when the road ends. Stay on 74 East, NOC's Nantahala Outpost is 20-miles past Andrews. You will follow the Nantahala River for the last 8-miles.
From Chattanooga, TN: Take I-75 North towards Cleveland, TN. Take the 1st Cleveland exit, the US 64 Bypass Exit. Go 6-miles and take the Ocoee Exit onto US 64 East towards Murphy, NC. In Murphy the road number changes to US 74. Stay on 74 East, NOC's Nantahala Outpost is 20-miles past Andrews. You will follow the Nantahala River for the last 8-miles.