Day Trip: Asheville, North Carolina

Easy Eastern Whitewater

Paddling North Carolina Day Trip Asheville Canoe Kayak

Paddling through Asheville, N.C. (Photo Credit: Headwaters Outfitters Staff)

Easy Eastern Whitewater
Asheville, N.C.

Between the public picnic areas at Bent and Hominy creeks—a 10-minute drive from downtown Asheville, N.C.—the French Broad River flows steadily through the thick, primeval forest of the historic Biltmore Estate. This seven-mile, Class I and II section is perfect for novice whitewater kayakers and canoeists. Expect fiery fall colors or, in the leaf-free shoulder seasons, spectacular views of George Vanderbilt's 179,000-square-foot, 250-room mansion. Local knowledge: Nantahala Outdoor Center, noc.com

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