Re: O/T North Carolinians...anyone familiar with N
My next door neighbor (who runs a SPOA YJ on 36" SXs) worked for NOC a summer or two and seemed to enjoy it. That was back in his college years before I knew him. I think he actually did the mtn bike tours mostly.
BENE is the fact you are close to Tellico as mentioned, dude it beats the heck outta flippn burgers for the summer for sure!
Oh yeah, I have been down the Nantahala about a dozen times, rafts, duckys and my kayak, fun little river, no big challenge except for the sheer amount of "traffic" on the river.