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Asheville Outdoor Center

521 Amboy Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
+1 828-232-1970
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Woooo-hooooooooo!!!! and Aaaaahhhhhhh!!!

I took the 7 miles kayaking tour. It was a great choice for a nice warm day in Asheville. The river... read more

Reviewed 9 June 2017
Birgitta J
Columbia, South Carolina
Great canoeing, amazing staff

We wanted to do canoeing in Asheville with our 4 yr old, and AOC was the only company which took us... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2017
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 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 September we will be open Thursday-Sunday. In October, we will be open Friday-Sunday.
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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
521 Amboy Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
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+1 828-232-1970

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Reviewed 9 June 2017

I took the 7 miles kayaking tour. It was a great choice for a nice warm day in Asheville. The river conditions were awesome and great for beginners and experts. While the forest is starting to take over, there is one brief part of the...More

Thank Birgitta J
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

We wanted to do canoeing in Asheville with our 4 yr old, and AOC was the only company which took us do. to the age. What a wonderful fate - they were friendly, laid back, and just wonderful. Every staff member .... they made this...More

Thank nielsbb
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

We were lucky the place was open when we got there. It was a great experience for my children. The young man who helped us was wonderful with our children. If my children were older we would to love to raft the river. NOTE: Call...More

Thank KarenR86
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Getting close to nature alongside and in the French Broad River. Just relax…have fun….walk…run…picnic. Convient and accessible off the Interstate and close to so many more attractions and activities and downtown Asheville. (In season canoeing, rafting, tubing. etc.)

Reviewed 8 September 2016

Have always wanted to float down the French Broad River and finally made it through Asheville Outdoor Center. Conveniently located next to Carrier Park and the River Arts District, the AOC does it right and at a reasonable rate. 3 of us decided to kayak...More

2  Thank Grabes
Reviewed 6 September 2016

The 7 mile trip down the French Broad was very enjoyable. We had great weather. The outfitters take you to the drop off point (we did not do the guided tour). At the first bridge there was a guide to ensure everyone went through safely....More

2  Thank BCMaisy
Reviewed 24 August 2016

We recently went kayaking (rafting was cancelled because low water levels) with our family. Overall trip was great - very gentle ride that was very appropriate for our 4 and 6 year old girls. Beautiful scenery and view of Biltmore. There was some wildlife -...More

2  Thank BH136
Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

I went canoeing for the first time with this company. The scenery was pretty along the river. I thought we would be with a group the whole time, so that was kind of a surprise when we were not. This was great exercise, and a...More

Thank emrose317
Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

My husband, two kids (ages 6 and 8), and I all visited AOC and had called the day before to book 2 person kayaks to the 7 mile trip. Every single person there was super friendly and laid back, and we ended up having our...More

6  Thank Melissa W
Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

that did not stop us from paddle boarding on the French Broad River. we enjoyed the easy conversation with the staff and appreciated the thank you and make yourself at home comments.

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Luke W
13 September 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.
13 July 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.
Lindsey P
1 September 2015|
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Response from alvinmc67 | Reviewed this property |
I had no problem with phone. They answered and reserved via phone.