For some, it’s enough to sit on the porch and gaze at the distant mountains. For you—it’s adventure! ‘Outdoor Recreation Blue Ridge Style’ is about hiking through quiet woods, scaling a sheer rock face, pedaling up a mountain bike trail, flying through the treetops tethered to a zip line or taking a paddle to an unruly mountain stream. You only go around once—grab for the gusto in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Choose NOC, the original whitewater outfitter, for an exciting family adventure! Join our friendly, professional guides on six southeastern rivers including the nearby French Broad, Pigeon, and Nolichucky. For kid-friendly fun, raft or ducky the French Broad's splashy rapids. Or enjoy the calm ripples of the mild Lower Pigeon. Pick up the pace on the Upper's Pigeon's rolling wave trains and action-packed rapids. For true adventure, check out the Class III-IV Nolichucky Gorge! New this year, in addition to rafting, we offer a high adventure duck trip perfect for thrill-seekers. We also raft the Nantahala, Ocoee, and Chattooga Rivers, teach whitewater kayaking and canoeing, and rent mountain bikes. Whichever activity you choose, you'll have a great time with NOC, the southeast's most experienced outfitter!
Resting atop one of the grandest ridges in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Earthshine is the storybook grandmother's farm you always dreamed about as a child. Earthshine loves families and activities abound for every age: Barnyard trecks to see the farm animals, our famous "Flight Thru the Treetops" zip course, hammocks and rockers, a climbing wall, Pioneer and Cherokee living history, babysitting and creek hikes, water games, and much more. Earthshine takes care of you all the way while you're here with our friendly staff and by creating unforgettable memories.
Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School is the South's only AMGA Accredited Guide Service. They offer Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing and AMGA Instructor training and certifications in the Southeast. Fox Mountain Guides offers climbing adventures tailoring to individuals, families, beginners and programs for Scout, Church and School Groups. We also offer climbing skills courses for experienced climbers seeking to expand their skills and knowledge as well as teen adventure summer camps June through August.
Headwaters Outfitters is your one-stop shop for outdoor adventure! Located at the gateway to Pisgah National Forest, Headwaters offers peaceful paddling trips down the upper French Broad River by canoe, kayak or tube, as well as guided fly fishing trips. Our fly fishing guides can float you by driftboat in search of smallmouth and trout, or wade with you on over 500 miles of coldwater trout streams, including two miles of stocked private water. Canoe camp with us in our riverside canoe-in campground, or join us on one of our paddling or fishing expeditions to exotic locales such as British Columbia. We teach outdoor skills to young and old, through our award-winning "School of Trout" and our day camps for kids ages 10-17. Gear up in our 2,700-square-foot retail store on the banks of the French Broad - we have a wide selection of technical gear, maps, guidebooks, boats and paddling gear.
The North Carolina Arboretum is nestled in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America, adjacent to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville. Within 434 acres, the Arboretum offers more than 10 miles of forested hiking and biking trails, and 65 acres of cultivated gardens. For a unique outdoor adventure, experience the "Glide Through Nature" Segway® Tour (reservations recommended). Also available are free exhibits, garden walks, trail tours, and Nature Activities for Kids.
photo attached: "Glide Through Nature" Segway® Tour at The NC Arboretum
Fresh mountain air, breath-taking scenery and an old-fashioned, down-home friendliness greet you when you visit family owned Sandy Bottom Trail Rides. We are located on a secluded ranch minutes north of Asheville, North Carolina that has been in the family for three generations. Our picturesque trails pass through the high country, scenic mountain meadows and wooded areas. Horseback riding at Sandy Bottom Trail rides is relaxing and safe. Give us a call and come visit us soon!
The French Broad River is the closest whitewater rafting to Asheville, North Carolina. This gorgeous river in the heart of Pisgah National Forest is an exciting introduction to rafting for the whole family! Your raft will be guided by a professional river guide, with you helping out with the paddling, or you may choose to paddle a one person inflatable kayak that we call ThrillKats. No experience is necessary! 1.866.USA-RAFT also offers rafting trips on the nearby Nolichucky River in Erwin, TN.