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“A whole lotta fun!!”

Headwaters Outfitters Outdoor Adventures
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Rosman
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The canoeing and kayaking river trips can last from 3 hours and up to a two day canoe camping trip. You may also choose to cool off with a lazy float down the French Broad on our tubing river trip. All of our trips including the canoeing and kayaking river trips are self-guided with the exception of our seasonal special events. Our fly fishing program offers guided fly fishing trips in Western North Carolina! Our fly shop has everything you need to have a successful day on the water. Our licensed NC fly fishing guides can teach you to cast. They can lead you on a guided fly fishing trip for trout or smallmouth, or help you choose flies that will increase your success on our local mountain streams. Our fly-fishing school is fun for the whole family! Headwaters Outfitters also carries a great selection of canoes and kayaks for sale in our RIVER SHOP. Test paddle canoes by Old Town, Mad River & We-no-nah. We have kayaks by Jackson Kayak, Wilderness Systems and Perception. At our River Shop, the north and west forks meet forming the French Broad River. This makes it an excellent location to test paddle canoes or kayaks. Headwaters Outfitters is conveniently located just outside of Brevard NC, between Asheville and Highlands, NC. It is an easy one day trip from Charlotte, Greenville, or Raleigh, and a great weekend getaway from Atlanta. Regardless of where you are coming from, Transylvania County has lots to offer those looking for a mountain river adventure. When planning your next vacation to the mountains of North Carolina, join us for an exciting canoeing and kayaking river trips adventure. For a quick weekend getaway, or just something fun to do outdoors, pack a picnic lunch, bring your fishing rod and gather your friends and family.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Baby buggy parking
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“A whole lotta fun!!”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

At first our family of five, which consists of mom, dad, 19, 17, and a 13 year wanted to tube down the French Broad River. We made our initial reservations online for just that. The day of our adventure we decided to kayak 8 miles instead! We called and the lovely lady accommodated our change of plans. We were shown a ten minute safety video. We were driven to our drop off point and given a lot of pointers. The 13 year girl was apprehensive at first but the kayak gurus were really good at showing her the ins and outs. On the way to the drop off point they shared some local history of the area. They also clearly told us about the pick up area which was 8 miles down the river. They kept reminding us. We had a great day. Stopped by a river bank(which our kayak gurus told us about) and had a snack. At the end our journey out gurus were there waiting on us. They took us back to Headwaters and we were on our way home to eat dinner.

Visited July 2014
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JessMerrill, Manager at Headwaters Outfitters Outdoor Adventures, responded to this review, 27 August 2014
Thank you for the wonderful review and for adventuring with us! Hope to see you on the French Broad soon!
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Ft. Walton Beach, FL
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“We combined canoeing and zip lining with Z Z Zip”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

We chose the short experience which involved a good 45 minutes of canoe time combined with about 2 hours of zip lining. The trip was scenic and serene. The river was very safe with only a few mild currents. The staff fully informed you on safety and paddling. When we stopped to zip line we had an amazing time zipping from tree to tree through the woods and over the river. I loved this and having never done it before I would do it again. We also met some nice people we'll be friends with! Great time!

Visited August 2014
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JessMerrill, Manager at Headwaters Outfitters Outdoor Adventures, responded to this review, 27 August 2014
Thank you for the wonderful review and for adventuring with us! Hope to see you on the French Broad soon!
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South Florida, Florida
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122 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“up the lazy river”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

This was our second tubing adventure with Headwaters Outfitters and it doesn't disappoint.
We are 70ish and our grandson and girlfriend almost 20 , we all had a great time. Actually, this was the one thing my grandson asked to do when they came as he had done this with us before.

It is a gentle ride with just enough small rapids to get your attention ! The scenery is grand.
Very good instructions and service. We would recommend this in a heartbeat !

Visited July 2014
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JessMerrill, Manager at Headwaters Outfitters Outdoor Adventures, responded to this review, 27 August 2014
Thank you for the wonderful review and for adventuring with us! Hope to see you on the French Broad soon!
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3 attraction reviews
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“Kayaking on the French Broad River”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

Had a wonderful 3.5 hours spent with family on the river. For my first kayak experience could not have asked for better. Not too strenuous or hectic. The weather perfect, scenery fabulous, and the company of a dog swimming alongside made the last few miles even more fun. Would recommend this trip,and will definitely be going back.

Visited August 2014
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JessMerrill, Manager at Headwaters Outfitters Outdoor Adventures, responded to this review, 27 August 2014
Thank you for the wonderful review and for adventuring with us! Hope to see you on the French Broad soon!
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Sarasota, Florida
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“great staff, wonderful scenery,outstanding family experience”
Reviewed 31 July 2014

We live part of the year about 2 miles from this business (life is good!) . Our niece and nephew, (15 and 11 years of age) are visiting from florida and wanted to try kayaking. We picked the right place. We plan on making trip a yearly event.

Visited July 2014
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JessMerrill, Manager at Headwaters Outfitters Outdoor Adventures, responded to this review, 27 August 2014
Thank you for the wonderful review and for adventuring with us! Hope to see you on the French Broad soon!
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