Canoe, Kayak, Raft, Stand-Up Paddleboard, Tube, Gem Mine, Bike ,
& Outdoor Events in Asheville, NC.
SIMPLY THE BEST IN HUMAN POWERED RECREATION.
Closed on Mondays...All Season
Closed Mon./Tues. -May, June, Aug, Sept, Oct.
Open Tues.-Sun. July only
*call for available times
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Our 7-mile French Broad river trip is our most popular; carving its way through the Biltmore Estate Property (an 8,000 acre private, protected wilderness) and some of the oldest mountains on earth. Guests can expect to be on the river for up to 3 hours (dependent upon water/weather conditions) and can see a variety of animals and bird life. The river otter, soft-shell turtle, pileated wood pecker, Carolina wren and the famous great blue heron are all likely to be seen while floating. 7 mile float trip has small waves (up to class 1), easy current, and excellent beginner trip suitable for children as small as 35 lbs. This trip appeals to both novice and enthusiast alike. This float trip is a self guided river trip.
NO Pets or Alcohol allowed on property or on the river, we reserve the right to check all coolers and to refuse service to anyone! Don't PUI (Paddle Under the Influence) Bent Creek Public Access, is a federally owned park, Hominy Creek Public Access, and the French Broad River are all public property. Alcohol and drug use on Federally owned land, and public county /city property can be a Federal offense.
ALL RIVER GUESTS MUST BE OFF THE RIVER IF ACCESSING AT AOC PROPERTY BY 5 PM, cars left in our parking area are subjuect towing or risk being locked in until the next business day, closed on Mondays.
April/May/September/October Rates per person
ADULTS….............................................$34.00 CHILDREN(Age 12 & under)….............$24.00 SENIORS (Age 65+) &MILITARY…....$32.00 GROUP RATE (10 or more) ….............$32.00
*In April, Weekends only- Weather permiting Reservations required for April trips.
June/July/August per person ADULTS…...........................................$38.00 CHILDREN(Age 12 & under)…...........$28.00 SENIORS (Age 65+) &MILITARY…..$34.00 GROUP RATE (10 or more) …...........$34.00
*In September, after Labor day, weekdays and Sunday trips depart only @ 10 AM, 11 AM
Saturday trips depart @ 10 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM
*In October trips only available on weekends unless special arrangements have been made, call for details.
Prices include parking, shuttle, river access fees
FINE PRINT: *Trips are dependent on water level *Rates subject to change *Prices include PFD, equipment, & transportation. *M/C, VISA accepted *Credit Card Reservation Cancellation Policy…48 hour notice. NO refunds under 48 hours. Groups of 10+ require 7 days notice.
HOW TO PLAN YOUR PADDLE: *Call to make reservations, as they are recommended...including date, trip time, number of participants/age, & boat selection. Reservations are ONLY guaranteed with a credit card confirmation by an AOC staff member. You choose your boat... We offer this 7 mile float trip in canoes for 2 adults , rafts for 4-6 people, single kayaks and tandem kayaks. (Please see our "Boat Selection" page for pictures and descriptions of our boats.) *Arrive at the Asheville Outdoor Center45 minutes prior to a trip time (10 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, ) for check-in and required safety briefing.Late arrivals will be deferred to next trip time, space permitting. All participants must sign our release form. Participants under 18 must have legal parent/guardian signature! *After safety briefing, guests board the vans for shuttle to Bent Creek Park, for beginning of 7-mile trip. *All boaters, boats and vehicles accessing at Asheville Outdoor Center must be off the river and out of the parking lot at the conclusion of each business day (typically 5:00PM), late fee will apply. Any vehicle left in our lot after closing will be towed at the owner's expense. This float trip is self guided.
Use this form to expedite your trip before check in. Print this form, fill it out, and bring it with you the day of your trip. All participants must sign a release form. Anyone under the age of 18 yrs. MUST have LEGAL parent or guardian sign prior to trip departing, absolutely no exceptions. Grandparents, uncles, aunts, friends, neighbors won't work. It must be the legal parent or guardian.
Please call if you cannot open this file, we can fax it, e-mail it, or snail-mail it.
FREQUENT FLOATER Multi-Trip Pass Now Available for 2013 Purchase a multi-trip pass and SAVE money!
7 Mile River Trip Pass available for 3 trips or 5 trips. 3 Trips: $84.00 Pass, Savings of up to $30 5 Trips: $140.00 Pass, Savings of up to $50
Private Boater 7 Mile Shuttle Service Pass available for 3 or 5 trips. 3 Trips: $30, Savings of $12 5 Trips: $50, Savings of $20
*All passes are non-transferable. Pass is only valid for individual for whom issued. *Valid from April through October of season issued. Pets and alcohol prohibited.
Private Boaters Shuttle Rates
7 Mile Float Trip Per person charge $ 14.00
Includes all boat transportation, parking fees, user fees, and river access. Trips depart as listed above and are subject to space availability. Please arrive at least 45 min. before trip time.
There is a $ 5.00 per person fee for river access only, this includes a parking fee if a vehicle is left in our parking lot.This $5.00 fee is included with private boaters shuttle fee.
All boaters, boats and vehicles accessing at Asheville Outdoor Center must be off the river and out of the parking lot at the conclusion of each business day (typically 5:00PM), late fee will apply. Any vehicle left in our lot after closing will be towed at the owner's expense.
Asheville Outdoor Center 521 Amboy Road Asheville, NC 28806 828-232-1970