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French Broad Outfitters
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Asheville's only full service outfitter, French Broad Outfitters runs daily kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and tube trips on the historic French Broad River through the heart of Asheville and the Biltmore estate. Instruction, camping equipment...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
704 Riverside Dr, Asheville, NC 28801-1644
+1 828-505-7371
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Reviewed 5 days ago

My wife and I paddled the French Broad last week. we were the only people on the shuttle, but the rates were very reasonable. They may have lost money given it was only us. Their shop had really good gear my wife enjoyed shopping thru....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our third year working with FBO to outfit our fall canoe trip on the French Broad River. A little miscommunication getting shuttle set up so we got to put in and on the river later than expected (I should have called to double...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

had an awesome guide for a 4 hour raft trip down the french broad. 1st time, and would go and do again for sure. Outstanding outfitter, made for a super fun day

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our kayaking trip, so relaxing! Staff was relaxed & fun. Might have a little more safety instruction. We had a great time but another person that started with us flipped her kayak @ the first bridge & don’t know if she was...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Folks were pleasant and very helpful. Had a great boating experience that was easy and that anyone could do.

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Thank joinerrobert603
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My 13 yo son is a whitewater kayaker. We were in the market for a Creek/river runner style boat and used FBRO as our Dagger source. They found the correct size Nomad for my son to demo when originally they didn’t have that boat as...More

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Thank Vanessa B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an amazing time! Accidentally booked the wrong date and they were still able to squeeze us in. Every one of their employees were so friendly. We did the Biltmore section of the river and it was lovely. At the end every employee we...More

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Thank AndreaFMB
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was not only an easy, enjoyable and gorgeous trip, it was very dog friendly. We took our chihuahua and he loved it. So relaxing!!

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

On a beautiful, sunny day we spent just over 2 hours kayaking on the picturesque French Broad River. It was a leisurely 6 mile paddle that took us past Biltmore Estate and an array of impressive local scenery. Our group of 8 consisted of 4...More

Thank Andrew M
Reviewed September 23, 2018

Got a 2 person kayak for my wife and I to do the Biltmore excursion. Not hard at all and a ton of fun.

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Sherrie T
April 26, 2018|
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Response from pordliam666 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Sherrie. We didn't paddle through the Arts District so can't compare. From the river there is not much of the Biltmore estate to see and frankly we were so busy watching for hazards and gauging wind direction that we... More