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The Secret History of the Green

When John Kennedy and Tom Visnius launched on North Carolina’s Narrows of the Green in the autumn of 1988, they knew very little about...

The man who found flow in the rapids

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in the United States, lies within 500,000 acres of dense forest spread across the...

Bunny Johns – 2008 Boater Chick of the Year!

Presenting Bunny Johns, Boater Chick of the Year! When I arrived in the Nantahala Community in 1990, I found myself surrounded by so many great...

A River Runs Through It

In the autumn of 1971, Horace Holden '55C bought the Tote 'n' Tarry Motel, a tiny roadside inn, cafe, and gas station on U.S....

No Turning Back

I fell in love. Deeply, dangerously, without chance of escape. Two friends had introduced me to her in the summer of ‘69. A year...

Launching a legacy: Nantahala Outdoor Center

When Payson and Aurelia Kennedy quit their jobs in Atlanta, cashed out their retirement, packed up their four children and headed for the wild...

Unfiltered: Payson Kennedy

Almost four decades ago, Payson Kennedy, his wife Aurelia, and Horace Holden founded a whitewater rafting business in a small gas station-grocery on the...

Summer of Deliverance

Forty years ago, a film appeared on the big screen which caused theater-goers to squirm with angst—not from some imaginative sci-fi scenario, but because...

History, GCA and Explorer Scouts

My white water roots go back to a four-day canoe/camping trip in June of ’59 on West Virginia’s Cacapon River, connected to a grueling...

Toxaway River

In the early days of the GCA regular trips were held on sections of several rivers which are now inundated. Among these are parts...