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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. We also offer gem...more
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521 Amboy Rd, Asheville, NC 28806-4077
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All reviews kayak trip the french broad river gem mining safety talk ping pong safety brief river tour great kayaking biltmore estate beautiful scenery fun trip great family fun these guys self guided three hours few hours whole family
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Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

Our family had a blast kayaking. Asheville Outdoors made it super easy. Booking, waivers, safety brief, ride to put in were all simple. They unloaded kayaks, and pushed us off. Made putting in a breeze! Take out was super simple too!! Felt like I was...More

Thank Wesley S
AshevilleOutdoorC, Front Office Manager at Asheville Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2018

So glad you had a nice time!!

Reviewed August 11, 2018

My husband and two adult sons enjoyed their kayaking adventure. They three had a great experience enjoying the fresh mountain air and beautiful scenery. Even though only my sons had reserved, thank you for accommodating my husband when he decided to go last minute.

Thank cheryldryan
AshevilleOutdoorC, Front Office Manager at Asheville Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded August 12, 2018

Glad we could make it work! Always glad to get a family on the river together :)

Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

What a great way to start the day. Everyone here is so friendly and helpful. To kayak down the French Broad river is both beautiful and peaceful. Would highly recommend.

Thank risingpeace
AshevilleOutdoorC, Front Office Manager at Asheville Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded August 12, 2018

Thanks for your kind review!

Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Absolutely had a blast on the French Broad River thanks to the River Rats of Asheville Outdoor Center! The guys are great brothers with outstanding equipment, attitudes, and assistance! Youngest kayaker (10) oldest (60+). The process from start to finish was fun and totally worth...More

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AshevilleOutdoorC, Front Office Manager at Asheville Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2018

Thank you so much for your kind review! We are so glad you enjoyed your trip and we could help make some memories for you :) Come back and see us again!

Reviewed August 2, 2018

My son, son-in-law and myself enjoyed a great 7 mile kayak trip on the French Broad River yesterday morning. The only bummer was that it rained most of the time but it was a beautiful morning. The staff were fantastic. Ben was friendly, welcoming and...More

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AshevilleOutdoorC, Front Office Manager at Asheville Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded August 4, 2018

So glad you were able to make the most of a rainy day! It was the last trip we were able to run, as the river is too high for trips to go out safely after all the rain! Come back on a sunny day...More

Reviewed July 30, 2018

I didn't realize so many bike rental facilities in Asheville were closed on Sundays. We were thrilled that they were open. My husband and I wanted to do hourly rental (only$15 each) with road bikes (not mountain). I am new to biking so highways and...More

Thank MHSRaleigh
Reviewed July 30, 2018 via mobile

We had friends in for a weekend visit. The trip was fantastic. The weather was perfect. The staff was friendly and helpful. This is something that we would highly recommend to do when in Asheville.

Thank Daniel B
Reviewed July 27, 2018 via mobile

These guys are great! Check in was easy. Staff very friendly. The French Broad is a very easy river to kayak. Super relaxing. Our 9 year old easily did the trip in a his own kayak. At the AOC the have corn hole, ping pong,...More

Thank Jon B
Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

If you come to the Asheville area, I would highly suggest coming to the AOC to kayak. I think this was one of the best highlights of our vacation. Very polite, knowledgeable and friendly staff. Clean restrooms and picnic area! Some tips: I personally think...More

Thank Andee S
AshevilleOutdoorC, Front Office Manager at Asheville Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 26, 2018

Great suggestions! Thanks so much for coming out with us and leaving such a great review! :-)

Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

Everyone was friendly and helpful. The French Broad River was beautiful and serene. Just be aware that for new kayakers like us, traveling seven miles on this easygoing river took us about three hours. I wish the trip had been a couple of miles shorter...More

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AshevilleOutdoorC, Front Office Manager at Asheville Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2018

Thanks for letting other guests know these great tips! We are glad you floated with us and were able to have a new adventure (and workout).

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Mariana M
July 27, 2018|
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Response from AshevilleOutdoorC | Property representative |
We are closed in December, but Asheville is still full of great winter hiking and fun things to do!
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Luke W
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Response from Melissa W | Reviewed this property |
No, they sell beer at the AOC but NC law prohibits having any alcohol on you while on the water.
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