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A list of outfitters for paddling gear and accessories in Western North Carolina

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The Following is a brief list of Canoe and Kayak Outfitters in Western North Carolina. Not only can they provide you with gear and accessories but also with valuable information about how to stay safer while paddling.

This is not an exhaustive list. However, it is a place or places to begin your search.

John G Hall
Charlotte Canoeing Examiner

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Asheville REI Store
Asheville REI Store Asheville REI Store

Asheville REI Store

Asheville REI Store

31 Schenck Parkway
Asheville, NC 28803

(828) 687-0918


REI Asheville provides outdoor enthusiasts in the Asheville, North Carolina area with top-brand gear & clothings for camping, climbing, cycling, fitness, hiking and more. We’re a complete Asheville area bike shop, offering a full range of professional bike shop services to help keep you biking the streets and trails year-round. Let our staff of friendly experts help you get ready for your next adventure in the Asheville, North Carolina area. We have everything you need for cycling the Blue Ridge Parkway, climbing in Pisgah National Forest, hiking the Appalachian Trail and more good times outdoors.

Diamond Brand Outdoors
Diamond Brand Outdoors

Diamond Brand Outdoors

Diamond Brand Outdoors
2623 Hendersonville Rd.
Arden, NC 28704

Welcome to Diamond Brand!

Diamond Brand was established in Philadelphia in 1881 as Diamond Brand Canvas Products.  Since that time, we have been a leader in the manufacturing of fabric-based sewn gear.  In 1920, we began to manufacture tarpaulins and other similar heavy canvas products.  In 1931, we manufactured the very first backpack for the Boy Scouts of America.  Today, we manufacture a wide variety of products including military gear, outdoor gear, and water sports gear for many different customers including the United States Department of Defense and the Boy Scouts of America.


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French Broad Rafting Company

376 Walnut Drive, Marshall, NC 28753

Whether its the excitement of whitewater rafting, the thrill of a zip line canopy tour, or the ease and relaxation of a calm water float trip, French Broad Rafting & Ziplines has the perfect outdoor adventure activity for you, your family, or your group. The French Broad River, which flows through the eclectic and scenic city of Asheville, North Carolina and winds through the surrounding mountains, offers everything you could want for a fun-filled day on the water.  The beautiful and majestic Blue Ridge Mountains provide the setting for a unique zip line adventure in the trees.  Either way, you will have a fun and memorable day in the great outdoors!  Book both activities together and save.

Green River Adventures
Green River Adventures

Green River Adventures

Green River Adventures
1734 Holbert Cove Rd
Saluda, NC 28773


This course is designed to transform you into a whitewater kayaker. Emphasis is on safety and practical skills, allowing you to maximize your fun and minimize frustrations in this early stage of learning. We strive to make you feel comfortable, safe, and have a successful introduction to kayaking. All equipment is provided, unless you want to use your own.

Expect to spend your first morning on flat water and gently moving water, learning new skills and gaining knowledge. You will get wet!! By the first afternoon we are on whitewater applying skills established earlier in the day. Day two is designed around your goals and skills. Usually we run a river that is well within your ability but also gives you a taste of adrenaline!

We will cover in detail; gear fit and its proper use, wet exits, basic strokes, river safety, river reading and strategy, and the roll. We will spend as much time practicing the roll as you want, since this is a difficult skill to learn without an instructor. Learning to roll your boat is one of the best ways to gain confidence as a beginner kayaker and we make sure you get it right!

Nantahala Outdoor Center
Nantahala Outdoor Center

Nantahala Outdoor Center

Nantahala Outdoor Center
13077 Highway 19 W
Bryson City, NC 28713

With over 40 years experience, NOC has shared the outdoors with millions of guests on whitewater rafting trips and countless other activities from family-friendly trips to action-packed adventures.

Our world-class staff leads whitewater rafting trips on the Southeast's best rivers, including the Chattooga RiverCheoah RiverFrench Broad River,Nantahala RiverNolichucky RiverOcoee River, and Pigeon River.

Learn to whitewater paddle from the pros in our renowned canoe and kayakPaddling School. We also offer adventure-learning programs for groups, a zip line adventure park, wilderness medicine courses, and many other activities.

When you visit our Nantahala headquarters, you'll find a complete outdoor destination with lodging, restaurants and a fully-stocked Outfitter's Store. Make NOC your destination for rafting adventures and more!



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