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Nice Kayak Tour

We joined AOC for a tandem kayak 7 mile self guided tour down the French Broad River. After... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
DoombuggyRunner
,
Charleston, South Carolina
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Great Fun!!

These folks are great - we had a blast!! I loved that they drove you to where the trip begins and... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2017
jelnel2016
,
Chesapeake, Virginia
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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 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.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
521 Amboy Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
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+1 828-232-1970

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We joined AOC for a tandem kayak 7 mile self guided tour down the French Broad River. After checking in, they drove us up river, put us in, and we cruised down the river. There was a good current and took us about 2 hours....More

Thank DoombuggyRunner
AshevilleOutdoorC, Front Office Manager at Asheville Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for leaving us a review! So glad you had a nice trip!

Reviewed 12 September 2017

These folks are great - we had a blast!! I loved that they drove you to where the trip begins and then you just paddle back to their site. We saw some beautiful herons too!!

Thank jelnel2016
AshevilleOutdoorC, Front Office Manager at Asheville Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

So glad you had a nice trip! :)

Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

We rented kayaks here and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The reservation counter rep was wonderful. After signing our release forms we received our life jackets, a preview of what to expect as we kayaked down the river, and how best to handle encountered obstacles. Caution,...More

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AshevilleOutdoorC, Front Office Manager at Asheville Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for the wonderful and thorough review! So glad you had a great trip! :)

Reviewed 29 August 2017

The staff was great! Very friendly! The river was beautiful and easy to paddle -- even for beginners (as I saw from some of the people in the group).

Thank BillEubanks
AshevilleOutdoorC, Front Office Manager at Asheville Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2017

So glad you had a great trip! Thanks for choosing the AOC!

Reviewed 27 August 2017

I booked the trip specifically to get my wife to try kayaking. The self guided trip was perfect. We had wonderful weather that day and the stretch of river was easy enough, yet interesting. The staff was friendly and knowledgable. Highly recommend for beginners and...More

Thank Kenigator
Reviewed 15 August 2017

I LOVE kayaking, so when my friend & I were vacationing in the Smokies, kayaking was a no brainer! We opted for the 7 mile trip (to see the Biltmore) & the ease of finding the outdoor center was great! In the welcome speech, we...More

Thank Rebeski
AshevilleOutdoorC, Front Office Manager at Asheville Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2017

Hey Rebeski! You definitely caught the river at its lowest point all summer. After all this rain, our water levels are now four times as high! So glad you still had a great trip, despite the sore muscles ;) Thanks for choosing us to take...More

Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

If you feel at all comfortable in a canoe or sit on top kayaks it is worth considering a self guided tour. We took a canoe- it was raining at the scheduled time and they suggested we go two hours later. It worked out great....More

Thank Reid T
AshevilleOutdoorC, Front Office Manager at Asheville Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2017

Hey Reid -- Thanks for leaving fellow trippers such great advice! Glad you enjoyed your trip with us, and the weather worked out for you!

Reviewed 7 August 2017

My 19 year old Granddaughter and I kayaked on the French Broad River last weekend and it was a wonderful experience. The staff at AOC make you happy to be around them and seem genuinely pleased to provide instruction and customer service. The river is...More

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AshevilleOutdoorC, Front Office Manager at Asheville Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2017

Thanks for leaving such a wonderful review! We love river life and having an opportunity to share it with our awesome guests. So glad that you had a great trip! :)

Reviewed 4 August 2017

Customer service and customer safety is a top priority for Ben and his team at the Asheville outdoor center. The seven mile SUP trip is perfect even for the beginner. This is our second trip down the river with AOC and I could not be...More

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AshevilleOutdoorC, Front Office Manager at Asheville Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2017

Thanks for the great review! I am so glad you were able to see such diverse wildlife! That is an extra special treat in the heat of summer. Thankful that you chose us for a second time -- we loved having you!!

Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

I have my own kayak and my friend was renting- ample parking, easy check-in, reasonable cost, simple and concise intro, then to the water!!!

Thank Ellen K
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Luke W
14 September 2016|
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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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briannagramma
14 July 2016|
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Response from AshevilleOutdoorC | Property representative |
I'm sorry we no longer offer tubing. We do offer a 7-mile kayak/canoe trip which takes 2 1/2- 3 hrs depending on water levels.
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Lindsey P
2 September 2015|
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Response from alvinmc67 | Reviewed this property |
I had no problem with phone. They answered and reserved via phone.
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