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“Easy to book and fun for all ages”

Asheville Outdoor Center
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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 mining, bike rentals, games, and outdoor events. Please check out our website for more information and call us to make a reservation. Normal business hours are Tuesday-Sunday 9AM-5PM. We are the "Pioneers of the French Broad." During September we will be open Thursday-Sunday. In October, we will be open Friday-Sunday.
Reviewed May 27, 2014

We went on the 10am 7-mile canoe trip down the French Broad River on Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.. it was a pretty easy trip due to the steady current (you really can float down the river most of the time if you want) but there were some fun spots where you needed to get through "rapids". The price was pretty average for river trip..$34 a person which includes everything and there is no time restriction (as long as you're back by 5:00pm before close). It may have just been because it was Memorial Day weekend, but the time slots fill up fast so it is a good idea to call and reserve your spot. The owner and the team were very easy-going, fun and accommodating--you could tell that they really enjoyed what they were doing which made you excited about the trip as well. They also just added a craft beer tap where you can grab a beer after your trip!

4  Thank Brooke R
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Reviewed May 11, 2014 via mobile

We took a two tandem kayaks on this float trip. An adult and child in each. The river is gentle and only one small section actually required paddling. The trip was the perfect length for our 8 and 10 year old children. We saw many birds and even a river otter.

4  Thank DraLisa
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Reviewed May 5, 2014

We decided to spend our last day in Asheville kayaking. While our GPS made it a little difficult to find AOC, once there it was smooth paddling. Great space, with equipment in good condition. All the staff were safety conscious and eager to make sure we had a good time. The French Broad is a great river to kayak down. Gentle, beautiful, and clean, we loved the couple hours that we spent there. My only regret was not putting on sunblock on my legs.

2  Thank Kimmers U
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

We took our two granddaughters and their friend for their first kayak trip. This company is organized and professional. They showed an instructional/safety video as well as talking to us about the route. It was a beautiful trip and we all enjoyed it. Autumn is a perfect time to go.

1  Thank MaggieTucson_AZ
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

We went on a river tour and it looked like rain. I said "it looks like rain" they said "no sir ,no rain it just looks that way". 30 minutes later we're breaking out the ponchos and getting really wet. No refund, no care, no way ever again. DON'T DO IT! waste of time and money.

3  Thank Truthfultraveler1
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AshevilleOutdoorC, Owner at Asheville Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded November 2, 2013

Dear Sir/Madam,
For over 23 years the owner and staff at the A.O.C have strived for excellent customer satisfaction, We were unaware of your situation and always do our best to correct problems. Please contact us directly by e-mail to see if we can resolve this issue. Thank you A.O.C. Owner

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