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Great Service, Hard 7 Miles

I LOVE kayaking, so when my friend & I were vacationing in the Smokies, kayaking was a no brainer... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Saint Louis, Missouri
An alternative to hikes/mountain bikes

If you feel at all comfortable in a canoe or sit on top kayaks it is worth considering a self... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Reid T
Asheville, North Carolina
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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."
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  • Very good15%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
521 Amboy Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
Five Points
+1 828-232-1970

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Reviewed 2 days ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Bonnie328
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank romasznurse
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The lovely French Broad lets you kickback and kayak. Asheville Outdoor Center makes it all so easy. Always a mulligan! Beautiful scenery with no roads in sight.

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

Thanks for the great review! So glad you had a nice time. :)

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great 7 mile kayaking trip! After a short safety and guide walk through, we jumped in the van, talked about/to "Kernel" Corn, and were on our way. Beautiful river and scenery. Will definitely be back next time in Asheville!

Thank Clark S
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Had a wonderful time kayaking on the French Broad. Staff at AOC were friendly and efficient. Looking forward to our next trip!

Thank Erika J
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

Traveling with teens, one adventuresome and one not so much, can be challenging but we were all smiles and laughs as we kayaked down the French Broad River in Asheville. The reservation was easy to make on line, the staff helpful and the scenery beautiful....More

Thank Lolo_AK
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

The whole crew is friendly and very well-organized. We chose kayaks. Had a long, leisurely and mellow paddle down the French Broad. Nice views of the Biltmore. Be sure to pack a small cooler with appropriate beverages and snacks.

Thank Fishliano
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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.
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.
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.