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Canoeing & Kayaking

The Boone Area: Paddling at its Peak

The Boone Area's lofty peaks are a temperate rainforest that feeds some of the country's best paddling. Whatever watery adventure you're looking for, Boone Area outfitters offer it.

Spring is King for paddling! Bring your own boat, or not, there's world-class paddling in the Boone Area. Summer and fall can be great times to canoe, kayak, raft or tube Boone Area streams and rivers! Just keep your eye on the weather check with the High Country's outfitters!

Local outfitters offer the entire range of opportunities from individual or family boat rentals (with a return shuttle back to your car), to guided day trips that include lunch. Canoeing or kayaking a classic National Wild and Scenic River like the New River is an exciting adventure that's open to almost anyone, including families. That can also mean tackling a multi-night canoe or kayak camping trip with stops at New River State Park. Entry level paddle trips are a great way to relax amid spectacular scenery.

Don't want to pilot a boat or even paddle? Many outfitters that offer river trips also rent tubes and organize tubing trips-one of the classic, low key ways to enjoy summer on a mountain stream.

Paddling High Country lakes is another family-friendly outdoor adventure. Rent a canoe or rowboat at Price Lake on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Exploring its lakeshore coves is one of the best ways to appreciate the beauty of Eastern America's highest summits.

Not everyone wants a calm day on the water! Whitewater rafting steps that up a notch and makes crashing through rapids an exciting family adventure. Many area outfitters offer rafting trips on a variety of rivers. Kayaking in the Boone Area gives experienced paddlers opportunities at all skill levels. More daring kayakers have serious whatewater to challenge them.


Check out the Boone Area outfitters below for all the information and equipment you'll need to access some of the best mountain tubing, boating, and rafting in the country.

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Edge of the World provides whitewater rafting and kayaking, as well as climbing, during summer. Check out their snowboarding .. more

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Green Valley Community Park is a multipurpose community park on the banks of the New River in Watauga County, North Carolina. The .. more

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Whitewater rafting, caving, hiking, canoeing, rentals, kayaking, guided day trips, climbing trips and paddling school with ACA .. more

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Todd

Located in the historic Todd train depot. Full service fly fishing lessons/guided trips, bait, tackle, canoe, kayak, tube and .. more

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Wahoo's is the two-time winner of the "Outfitter of the Year" by professional Paddlesports Association. Wahoo's offers whitewater .. more

Featured Events

Jun 24

Singing on the Mountain

6/24/18
The all-day gospel sing and fellowship returns to MacRae Meadows at Grandfather Mountain for its 94th year. A dozen top… more
Jul 04

Boone 4th of July Parade

7/4/18
The Downtown Boone annual 4th of July parade travels east on King Street, starting at the intersection with Poplar… more
Jul 04

Fireworks Extravaganza

7/4/18
Enjoy the most spectacular fireworks show in the High Country! It's one of the most popular events in the mountains.… more
Jul 07

Kool & the Gang

7/7/18
Kool & the Gang have influenced the music of three generations. Thanks to songs like Celebration, Cherish, Jungle… more
Jul 12

63rd Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

7/12/18 – 7/15/18
Blaring bagpipes, astounding athletes, delicate dancers, rocking Celtic music and a spectacular highland setting make… more
Jul 15

Eastern Festival Orchestra featuring

7/15/18
Under the direction of Maestro Gerard Schwarz, the Eastern Festival Orchestra returns to the festival for an… more
Jul 18

Hayes School of Music Faculty Recital:

7/18/18
The Hayes School of Music Faculty presents a program that explores chamber music that ranges in style from the iconic… more
Jul 20

North Carolina Black Repertory Company

7/20/18
Showtimes at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Written and Directed by Jackie Alexander The North Carolina Black… more
Jul 21

K-9s in Flight Frisbee Dogs

7/21/18 – 7/29/18
These incredible dogs have delighted audiences nationwide at half-time shows and on television. First-come,… more
Jul 21

The Hot Sardines

7/21/18
"One of the best jazz bands in New York today" (Forbes) makes its debut at Schaefer Center where they… more
Jul 24

Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show -

7/24/18 – 7/29/18
The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is among the oldest continually operating horse shows in America, held on grounds… more
Jul 26

Rhiannon Giddens

7/26/18
Singer-Songwriter Rhiannon Giddens is the co-founder and front woman of the Grammy award-winning string band Carolina… more
Jul 27

Ashe County Bluegrass & Old Time

7/27/18 – 7/28/18
This annual convention brings top notch musicians and enthusiastic audiences together for two days of traditional… more
Jul 28

Complexions Contemporary Ballet: "From

7/28/18
Combining technical precision, power and passion, Complexions Contemporary Ballet transcends tradition in a… more
Jul 30

Live eTown Radio Show Taping

7/30/18
This special event is co-hosted by Appalachian State University's Energy Summit and An Applachian Summer Festival… more
Aug 04

Kristin Chenoweth

8/4/18
Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth makes her debut on the Schaefer Center stage to… more
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815 W. King Street, Suite 10
Boone, NC 28607
(T) 828-266-1345  •  (F) 828-266-1346
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