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About Asheville Outdoor Center
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 (June-August) are Tuesday-Sunday 9AM-5PM. During May and September we will be open Thursday-Sunday. In April and October we are open weekends, Friday - Sunday, weather dependent. We will also be open on Memorial Day and Labor Day. We are the "Pioneers of the French Broad." Come visit us!
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All reviews the french broad river kayak trip seven mile beautiful river ping pong low water great kayaking safety brief beautiful morning biltmore estate picnic area fun trip great family fun clean restrooms these guys self guided three hours
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Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

Excellent staff! Excellent service! Beautiful section of river! We will definitely be back! Strongly recommend!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jander23
Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

Our family had a blast kayaking. Asheville Outdoors made it super easy. Booking, waivers, safety brief, ride to put in were all simple. They unloaded kayaks, and pushed us off. Made putting in a breeze! Take out was super simple too!! Felt like I was...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 247wesleys
AshevilleOutdoorC, Front Office Manager at Asheville Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2018

So glad you had a nice time!!

Reviewed 12 August 2018

My husband and two adult sons enjoyed their kayaking adventure. They three had a great experience enjoying the fresh mountain air and beautiful scenery. Even though only my sons had reserved, thank you for accommodating my husband when he decided to go last minute.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank cheryldryan
AshevilleOutdoorC, Front Office Manager at Asheville Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2018

Glad we could make it work! Always glad to get a family on the river together :)

Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

What a great way to start the day. Everyone here is so friendly and helpful. To kayak down the French Broad river is both beautiful and peaceful. Would highly recommend.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank risingpeace
AshevilleOutdoorC, Front Office Manager at Asheville Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2018

Thanks for your kind review!

Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Absolutely had a blast on the French Broad River thanks to the River Rats of Asheville Outdoor Center! The guys are great brothers with outstanding equipment, attitudes, and assistance! Youngest kayaker (10) oldest (60+). The process from start to finish was fun and totally worth...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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AshevilleOutdoorC, Front Office Manager at Asheville Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2018

Thank you so much for your kind review! We are so glad you enjoyed your trip and we could help make some memories for you :) Come back and see us again!

Reviewed 2 August 2018

My son, son-in-law and myself enjoyed a great 7 mile kayak trip on the French Broad River yesterday morning. The only bummer was that it rained most of the time but it was a beautiful morning. The staff were fantastic. Ben was friendly, welcoming and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank DDolson18
AshevilleOutdoorC, Front Office Manager at Asheville Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2018

So glad you were able to make the most of a rainy day! It was the last trip we were able to run, as the river is too high for trips to go out safely after all the rain! Come back on a sunny day...More

Reviewed 31 July 2018

I didn't realize so many bike rental facilities in Asheville were closed on Sundays. We were thrilled that they were open. My husband and I wanted to do hourly rental (only$15 each) with road bikes (not mountain). I am new to biking so highways and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

We had friends in for a weekend visit. The trip was fantastic. The weather was perfect. The staff was friendly and helpful. This is something that we would highly recommend to do when in Asheville.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Daniel B
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

These guys are great! Check in was easy. Staff very friendly. The French Broad is a very easy river to kayak. Super relaxing. Our 9 year old easily did the trip in a his own kayak. At the AOC the have corn hole, ping pong,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank dogwonthunt
Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

If you come to the Asheville area, I would highly suggest coming to the AOC to kayak. I think this was one of the best highlights of our vacation. Very polite, knowledgeable and friendly staff. Clean restrooms and picnic area! Some tips: I personally think...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank asz1974
AshevilleOutdoorC, Front Office Manager at Asheville Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2018

Great suggestions! Thanks so much for coming out with us and leaving such a great review! :-)

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marianamont50
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Response from AshevilleOutdoorC | Property representative |
We are closed in December, but Asheville is still full of great winter hiking and fun things to do!
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Luke W
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Response from 495melissaw | 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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