Asheville Urban Kayak Tour on the French Broad River

9:00am1:30pm America/New_York

$79 for REI Members

$109 for non-members

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  • Fitness level 2 Easy Active
  • Group size 10 people
  • Instructor REI Local Experiences Guide

Join us on a paddle down the French Broad River through the heart of Asheville! From the water you will get a fresh perspective of our beautiful mountain city. Our tour will take us under the Blue Ridge Parkway, past the famed Biltmore estate, and into the River Arts District. Our professional guides will provide kayaks, gear, and the basic paddling instruction you need to have an enjoyable experience on the water. We'll travel approximately 8 miles on calm water, making this trip perfect for anyone with a little bit of kayaking experience. The best thing about this tour? We do all the planning and packing - you just have to show up. We can't wait to paddle with you!

  • Enjoy paddling a calm section of river with friendly, professional guides
  • Practice paddle skills
  • Learn about the history, wildlife, and plants of the French Broad River and see Asheville from a different perspective

What to bring with you

Map image of River Arts District River Access Parking Area

More directions and information

We will meet at the public parking lot on Riverside Drive, under the I-240 bridges. From there, the group will be shuttled to the boat launch (masks are required for all while riding in the REI van). Bathrooms are not available at the meeting location or boat launch, but we will make a bathroom stop on the way to the boat launch. If you have any issues, please contact us at (877) 819-3813.