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Asheville Outdoor Center

521 Amboy Rd, Asheville, NC 28806-4077
+1 828-232-1970
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Wonderful day

My husband and two adult sons enjoyed their kayaking adventure. They three had a great experience... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
cheryldryan
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Falls Church, Virginia
Kayak

What a great way to start the day. Everyone here is so friendly and helpful. To kayak down the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
risingpeace
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Fredericksburg, 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 May we will be open Thursday-Sunday. We will be open Tuesday - Sunday beginning in June. We will also be open on Memorial Day and Labor Day.
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“kayak trip” (13 reviews)
“gem mining” (8 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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521 Amboy Rd, Asheville, NC 28806-4077
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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AshevilleOutdoorC, Front Office Manager at Asheville Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

Thank risingpeace
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AshevilleOutdoorC, Front Office Manager at Asheville Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your kind review!

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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

Thank Matt R
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AshevilleOutdoorC, Front Office Manager at Asheville Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank DDolson18
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AshevilleOutdoorC, Front Office Manager at Asheville Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank MHSRaleigh
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank Daniel B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank Jon B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank Andee S
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AshevilleOutdoorC, Front Office Manager at Asheville Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Everyone was friendly and helpful. The French Broad River was beautiful and serene. Just be aware that for new kayakers like us, traveling seven miles on this easygoing river took us about three hours. I wish the trip had been a couple of miles shorter...More

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AshevilleOutdoorC, Front Office Manager at Asheville Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for letting other guests know these great tips! We are glad you floated with us and were able to have a new adventure (and workout).

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The crew at Asheville Outdoor Center was professional, knowledgeable, and lots of fun. Great set up leaving your car at their location while they drive you 7 miles up the river for your trip. Very relaxing ride down the river. All ages can do it.

Thank Ronnie J
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AshevilleOutdoorC, Front Office Manager at Asheville Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your kind review! We are so glad you had a nice trip!

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Mariana M
28 July 2018|
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Response from Clydemom | Reviewed this property |
We never know when we’ll get snow. We don’t usually get a lot, just 2 or 3 snowstorms a season so it’s hard to know when they’ll happen. I’ve only been here 2 winters but no white Christmas yet!
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Luke W
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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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