Kayaking, Canoeing & Rafting – WNC

Western North Carolina is home to hundreds of miles of whitewater rivers and tranquil mountain lakes-making Avalon a kayakers’ and canoers’ paradise. People from around the globe come to run these ancient wild rivers. Rated “One of the Best Outfitters on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure, Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC), is minutes from Avalon and offers world-class whitewater adventures for the whole family. NOC recently hosted the International Canoe Federation-Canoe Freestyle World Championship. The September 2013 event drew 178 athletes from 30 countries and over 30,000 spectators to NOC’s Nantahala River campus. Add in the 50,000 viewers on the event’s live stream, and this NOC hosted championship became the “biggest freestyle event ever held” according to Lluis Rabaneda Caselles, Chairman of the ICF Freestyle Committee.

Kayaking in the mountians

Even closer to Avalon is Wildwater Pigeon Rafting & Canopy Tour Ziplines and White Water Rafting with Smoky Mountain Outdoors both located just off I-40. Other river adventures can be found at French Broad Rafting and Ziplines and at Zen Tubing.  For easier paddling take to the many mountain lakes that surround Avalon. From canoeing and kayaking, to river guided rafting trips you’ll never run out of water to explore. From Class 1 to Class 4, WNC mountains have them all.

active female kayaker with an oar on the water

For more information:

Bryson City, NC Kayaking

Outdoor Adventures

Whitewater Rafting with Smoky Mountain Outdoors

Quiet Water Paddling in Western North Carolina

Fall Broadcasting Schedule for Freestyle Kayaking World Championships


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