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The Best Water Activities for Outdoor Enthusiasts in Asheville and Surrounding Areas

The Best Water Activities for Outdoor Enthusiasts in Asheville and Surrounding Areas

Nestled amidst the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville and its surrounding areas offer a haven for outdoor enthusiasts seeking thrilling water activities. From breathtaking lakes to winding rivers, this vibrant region in North Carolina beckons adventurers to dive in and experience unforgettable water adventures. In this blog, we'll explore the top water activities that will leave you exhilarated and rejuvenated during your visit to the Asheville Area.

4 whitewater rafters and guide in raft in rapids

Whitewater Rafting on the French Broad River

Prepare yourself for an adrenaline-pumping experience as you navigate the rapids of the French Broad River. Guided whitewater rafting tours cater to all skill levels, ensuring that both beginners and seasoned paddlers can enjoy this thrilling activity. Feel the rush of the river as you tackle exciting rapids, surrounded by picturesque landscapes and lush forests. Don't miss the opportunity to witness the beauty of the French Broad River Gorge with up to Class II and Class III rapids -  a true gem of the region.


Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) on Lake Lure

Lake Lure, a breathtaking mountain lake just outside of Asheville, provides the perfect setting for a serene yet invigorating stand-up paddleboarding adventure. Glide across the crystal-clear waters, surrounded by majestic mountains and the scenic beauty of Chimney Rock State Park. Whether you're a seasoned SUP enthusiast or a first-timer, Lake Lure offers a tranquil escape and an opportunity to connect with nature in a unique way.

Couple sitting on their Stand Up Paddle Boards in the water


Kayaking in the Pisgah National Forest

Venture into the heart of Pisgah National Forest, a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, and explore its pristine waterways by kayak. The area boasts numerous rivers and lakes, including the serene Davidson River and the placid Lake Powhatan. Paddle through tranquil waters, immerse yourself in the surrounding wilderness, and witness the rich biodiversity that flourishes in this protected ecosystem. Kayaking in Pisgah National Forest is a must-do activity for nature lovers and those seeking a sense of tranquility. With many outfitters to choose from, like Mills River’s Lazy Otter,  you are sure to find a fit for your river adventure.


Tubing down the Green River

Escape the summer heat by tubing down the gentle currents of the Green River. This leisurely water activity is perfect for families and groups of friends looking for a fun-filled day in the sun. Rent a tube, kick back, and let the river carry you along its winding path. Enjoy the scenic views, listen to the sounds of nature, and create unforgettable memories as you float downstream. Then hop out and enjoy the rest of your day in downtown Saluda - a small, quaint town that keeps it slow and relaxed.

View of Looking Glass Falls from the base of the falls


Waterfall Hunting and Swimming

Asheville and its surrounding areas are blessed with a plethora of awe-inspiring waterfalls. Embark on an adventure to discover these natural wonders tucked away in lush forests. Popular waterfalls like Looking Glass Falls, Rainbow Falls, and Linville Falls offer refreshing swimming holes where you can cool off after a rewarding hike. Take a dip in the clear, cascading waters, surrounded by the beauty of nature.


For outdoor enthusiasts visiting Asheville and its surrounding areas, the opportunities for water-based adventures are boundless. Whether you're seeking adrenaline-pumping experiences or peaceful moments in nature, this region has something to offer everyone. From the thrill of whitewater rafting and stand-up paddleboarding to the serenity of kayaking and tubing, the water activities in and around Asheville will leave you with unforgettable memories and a deep appreciation for the region's natural beauty. So, dive in, explore, and let the aquatic wonders of this remarkable destination captivate your soul.

Kayakers with smiling femail in foreground and male in background

Family tubing down river. Kid on belly on his tube in foreground, mom and smaller son on one tube in background












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