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Great outdoor center!

If you're looking for a terrific kayaking, canoeing, or tubing company look no further. The staff... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
agrindstaff2018
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Graham, North Carolina
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Don’t be afraid!

Fun and relaxing self-guided kayak trip. You can take it easy and go with the river flow or paddle... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Deborah Z
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Columbia, United States
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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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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're looking for a terrific kayaking, canoeing, or tubing company look no further. The staff were knowledgeable and friendly. There are plenty of fun outdoor games like volleyball, ping pong, and corn toss to play before or after your trip. Definitely a place I...More

1  Thank agrindstaff2018
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fun and relaxing self-guided kayak trip. You can take it easy and go with the river flow or paddle and race through the class 1 rapids The staff were friendly and competent. Family friendly. Take money and stop at Hominy Creek Park for a beer...More

1  Thank Deborah Z
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had so much fun! The staff are so friendly and helpful! Highly recommend!! Easy to find near downtown Asheville.

Thank Kristi W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We didn’t get to go out due to weather while we’re we’re in town but the whole crew at AOC made our refund quickly and recommended other great things to do in the area. Everyone there was inviting and kind. The grounds are beautiful and...More

Thank Shauna R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We looked at several options before landing here and were very pleased with our choice. Arrive about 15 minutes early for safety training and after a quick van ride you can float or paddle through Biltmore’s Estate at whatever pace you like - we did...More

1  Thank Diana C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Outdoor Center staff is so friendly and nice, they make the experience really wonderful! Kayaking down the river is a really nice way to spend a few hours and see nature as well as views of the Biltmore Estate. I’m a local and do...More

Thank Clydemom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Four family members took the individual kayak tours and loved the experience. The check in was professional, the tour was on time, river transfer well done and of course the float down the river a bunch of fun. Would not hesitate to recommend AOC.

Thank GraemeAnna
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Couldn't have asked for anything more! I highly recommend paying online beforehand if possible (not only secure your spot, but it makes check-in so much faster as well!). A lot of outdoor centers with boat rentals, will shuttle after the float instead of before, and...More

Thank Kristen Marie B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We rented 4 kayaks for a paddle down the French Broad river while we were in the mountains for the weekend. The staff was helpful coordinating our group and what type of boats we needed. They were super kind and helpful!

Thank Charles C
Reviewed May 6, 2018 via mobile

Guys were super nice and knowledgeable, and the location is awesome! Also nice to be to have a beverage at the end of the trip.

Thank drmalexander
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Luke W
September 13, 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
July 13, 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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