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About Asheville Outdoor Center
The Asheville Outdoor Center has been offering family-friendly calm-water river paddling since 1992. Enjoy a leisurely 7-mile canoe, kayak, SUP, or raft paddle down the French Broad River through the Biltmore Estate property. Please check out our website for more information and call us to make a reservation. Normal business hours Thursday-Sunday 9AM-5PM. We will also be open on Memorial Day and Labor Day. We are closed for the season from November thru March. We are the "Pioneers of the French Broad." Come visit us!
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Chris H wrote a review Aug 2021
Winter Garden, Florida18 contributions4 helpful votes
Overall trip was fine, although it seemed a little pricey for what it was. They give you 2.5 hours, but you really need at least 3 if you want to do less paddling and be more relaxed. Scenery along the river was nice. You can briefly see the Biltmore mansion between spaces in the bushes. Would really have appreciated air conditioning in the van ride over to the put-in (it was 90 degrees that day). We brought our masks for the van ride because none of the tour groups are requiring masks in their shuttles. If you go in the summer, I would recommend that you take a bottle of water with you on the river as well as a hat and LOTS of sunscreen. Would also recommend that you check the weather before you make the reservation - if you're caught in a thunderstorm while on the river, there's no refuge.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Linda M wrote a review Jul 2021
Monterey, California3 contributions2 helpful votes
The tour operators were pleasant and the kayak trip itself was fun, but during the shuttle ride almost everyone was unmasked. No questions were asked about vaccination, and no one suggested to mask for an enclosed vehicle trip. The counter attendant with whom I spoke said they were CDC compliant (don’t ask, don’t tell?) which is not exactly true since currently the CDC is advising masks in enclosed areas such as vehicles, though AOC is probably exempt as a private operator. I thought it showed a lack of respect for their customers however.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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happycouple13 wrote a review Jul 2021
chicago21 contributions10 helpful votes
What a great kayak trip down the French Broad River! The staff members were great - fun and knowledgeable. Loved that we could see Biltmore along the way. The initial location is next to an RV park and seems a bit sketchy at first, but looks are deceiving - AOC is fantastic.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Kim R wrote a review Jul 2021
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The staff was helpful and so much fun. The river is an easy float or paddle. If you have inexperienced folks in your group, don't worry. Anyone can do this trip. My sister and I just paddled occasionally to keep our kayaks pointed the right way because we were most interested in looking for animals and taking in the scenery. My adult child and partner quickly left us behind because they needed to finish in two hours. We saw quite a few blue herons, geese, and ducks. Unfortunately, we didn't see any other animals. The view of the Biltmore was awesome. It was a peaceful afternoon. I highly recommend working with this group. The guys made us laugh and took excellent care of us. You don't even need to get your feet wet with them--they pushed us in and pulled us out of the water. I can't say enough about the staff. Great trip!
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Emma wrote a review Jul 2021
Greenville, South Carolina1 contribution
Easy reservation process online, staff was top notch! Calm kayaking through beautiful land. Highly recommend!
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Date of experience: July 2021
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