Canoeing or rafting on a quietwater river can be a relaxing and rewarding experience, having the proper information before a trip will greatly help enhance anyone's river experience.!!! We've tried to cover those questions most frequently asked, if you don't see the answer to your question, give us a call we'll be glad to help out.
River safety is #1
always wear your life jackets, it's required.
Safety & Liability
We provide you with all the necessary equipment including instruction and safety video before each trip. It is your responsibility to follow those instructions. Asheville Outdoor Center does not assume liability for injuries or death. All participants must read and sign an acknowledgement of risks, assumption of risks and responsibility and release of liability waiver form prior to their trip. Alcohol and drugs are not permitted on the river, or on the Asheville Outdoor Center property and anyone impaired by such will not be allowed to participate.
What to wear for your trip?
During warm months wear shorts, a t-shirt or bathing suit and shoes you don't mind getting wet. During colder weather wear appropriate clothing ie; long pants, wind breaker, and a hat. Don't forget to bring a change of clothes and shoes in case you get wet. Changing rooms are available. Shoes or river sandles are required at all times.
Closed On Monday's
Q. What are the trip times that we can go on a canoe, raft or S.O.T. kayak? A. The Asheville Outdoor Center offers trips at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 2:00 PM, with check-in 45 minutes prior to your trip departure. Q. How long does this trip take? A. Our 7-mile float trip generally takes about 2-3 hours. Trip times can vary with water levels, wind, different boat types and individual paddling efforts. Q. What are the age requirements ? A. Children as young as four ( 4) years-old can participate on our float trip, provided they weigh at least 35 lbs. Coast guard approved life jackets for children starting at 35 lbs. are available. Q.Can we pay by credit card? A. Yes credit cards are welcome, Mastercard & Visa are accepted. Q. Are we allowed to stop along the river banks? A. We ask all of our guests not to stop along the banks of the river. Both sides of the river bank are owned by the Biltmore Estate and are posted as no trespassing. Notes about safety and boaters/group leaders responsibility... As with all water related activities, a certain amount of risk is involved which could lead to injury or even death. It is the responsibility of the trip leaders to determine if the participants in their group have the skills and experience to paddle these types of rivers and the class rapids associated with them. All participants must fill out and sign a release of liability, acknowledgement of risks form prior to participation. ALL MINORS UNDER THE AGE OF 18, MUST HAVE PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN SIGN. No trip leader or group coordinator may sign for those under 18 years old. These forms are available at the time reservations are made, and can be sent to you and your group in advance.
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.