Asheville Outdoor Center has been providing professional, affordable and hassle-free French Broad River trips since 1992, earning a host of awards and certifications. While this section of river is in the middle of the city, you would never guess it since the riverside is forested with views of wildlife along the way. Owner Ben and his crew love helping guests enjoy the river. Asheville Outdoor Center's three-acre park is located along the river greenway, just five miles from downtown Asheville and four miles from the entrance to Biltmore Estate.
Take a 7-mile float trip through the preserved Biltmore Estate by raft, kayak, canoe or paddleboard. Afterwards, grab a beer at their Tap Room or try your luck at gem mining.
Raft, Kayak or Canoe
You can pick from a variety of boats for the 7-mile trip down the French Broad River through Biltmore Estate: single kayaks, tandem 2-person kayaks, 2 or 3 person canoe or a raft for 4-6 people. The self-guided trip usually takes 2-3 hours. There's no rush! Rates include a shuttle to your starting point (you finish at their park at your own pace), personal floatation device, and equipment. If you have a boat, they offer a shuttle service. For ages 4 and older (35 pounds and over)
Take a self-guided paddle on a stand up paddleboard, a great core workout and a fun way to see the river.
Since Asheville Outdoor Center is located on the river greenway, it's a great place to rent a bike and follow the greenway and bike paths toward downtown or River Arts District. Plus, next door at Carrier Park, you can ride the velodrome like a pro racer. Combine a biking and river trip!
At their park, have a picnic, relax on hammocks, play a game of volleyball or try your luck at gem mining.
April and October: Open Weekends (Friday-Saturday)
June-August: Open Tuesday-Sunday (closed Mondays)
May & September: Open Wednesday-Sunday (closed Mondays & Tuesdays)
They are just 5 miles from the middle of downtown, just off I-240: 521 Amboy Rd, Asheville. Phone: (828) 232-1970