Nantahala Outdoor Center - Chattahoochee River

Conveniently located in metro-Atlanta, Nantahala Outdoor Center is the sole concessionaire with the National Park Service in the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area. At both the Johnson Ferry and Powers Island locations, NOC offers a broad range of boat rentals including tubes, rafts, inflatable kayaks, sit-on-top kayaks and SUP boards. By working with the NPS, NOC is able to create unique educational programming for your campers, promoting experiential learning and a love of the outdoors, while complimenting classroom curriculum. Choose from two stretches of river to provide your campers with a fun experience that connects them to the river that runs through the heart of Atlanta.
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Contact Info
Address: 5450 Interstate N. Pkwy. Sandy Springs, GA 30328. Fulton County. Tel: 404-369-0230. Email: Website: Hrs: Daily 9AM-8PM. Contact: Group Packages,, 828-785-5051.
Trip Info
Grade Level: 1st-College. Activity Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 3 hours-5 days. Cost: Fee.  

Kayaking and Rafting Fun Facts

Ever wonder how a small life jacket can keep your larger body afloat? An object displaces water, which pushes back and causes buoyancy (the more water you displace, the greater the force that pushes back). A life jacket is filled with a very light material, so it can displace a lot of water in comparison to its weight, meaning it will float high on top of the water and keep your head above the surface.

Next time you take a rafting trip, think about the physics involved: learn about how things float, the force and torque from the water and paddle, and the logistics of crossing running water. Most guides can also give you interesting facts about the river in which you are rafting, its history, and the surrounding wilderness. Don’t stop asking questions!