Paddling

Find paddling gear, river guides, and stories from the water here. Kayaking, canoeing, rafting, and stand-up paddleboarding all have a home in the Blue Ridge, in both whitewater and flatwater settings. We’ve got your best river destinations and plans ready, from the Youghiogheny in Pennsylvania and West Virginia’s New River Gorge to the Green in North Carolina and the Chattooga of Georgia – plus everything in between.

Dating the Sport: 8 Ways to Fall in Love with Kayaking

All Photos by Allie Meagher How to maintain a healthy relationship with whitewater kayaking I’ve been dating the sport of kayaking for about five years, and I have to say, I think I’m in love. I don’t actively chase the craziest Class IV+ rapids or tallest waterfalls, but it’s something that has brought me a…
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Tennessee-born kayaker makes second tallest waterfall descent on record

Photo by Alejandro Soffia – https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/ Tennessee-born kayaker makes second tallest waterfall descent on record Last Friday, Tennessee-born kayaker Dane Jackson made the second tallest waterfall descent in known history down Chile’s 134-foot Salto del Maule waterfall. Jackson originally set his sights on Salto del Maule over five years ago and has spent years gathering…
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Knoxville kayaker drowns in accident on Laurel River in Pisgah National Forest

Paddler on the Laurel River Photo Courtesy of Kevin Colburn Stewardship Director for American Whitewater Knoxville kayaker drowns in accident on Laurel River A Knoxville woman has died after a kayaking accident on the Laurel River in Pisgah National Forest. April Morton, 31, was a member of the Chota Canoe Club in Knoxville and considered…
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Dispatch from the Great Alabama 650

The Alabama River near Clairborne Lock and Dam, one of the many obstacles competitors had to portage around during the event. Photo by Gerry Seavo James Paddlers Navigate Southern Waters During New Epic 10-Day Race Back in September a small group of some of the region’s toughest paddlers convened at Weiss Lake to start an epic…
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A Personal Victory: Conquering King of the James

Photo by: Jesse Peters The King of the James has become a yearly tradition for my friends and I. It’s an Adventure Triathlon that celebrates the unique access we have to the outdoors living in a city as big as Richmond, Va. Racers mountain bike around 9.5 miles of single-track trail, run 4 miles of…
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Outdoor Updates: Evy Leibfarth of Bryson City, NC earns the U.S. two spots in the 2020 Olympics

Leibfarth runs the Sava River during the World Cup in Tacen, Slovenia. / Photo by Jean Folger. Paddling sensation Evy Leibfarth of Bryson City, NC earns the U.S. two spots in the 2020 Olympics Evy Leibfarth, 15, of Bryson City, NC, has earned the United States a spot to compete for gold in both the…
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Southside Project

National forests are managed by the U.S. Forest Service and are designed to be prosperous for all American citizens, under the protection rights to conserve and cultivate the designated areas of land, by operating under a democratic governing agency that manages it based on a Forest Plan, specifically engineered for their region.   In between the…
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Outdoor Updates: UCI Mountain Bike World Cup at Snowshoe + Gauley Season is Here

Photo by Kurtis Schachner at Snowshoe Mountain Resort UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Finals at Snowshoe Snowshoe Mountain’s bike park will reopen tomorrow, 9/13 after hosting the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Finals on Sept. 6-8, where athletes from around the world competed for the gold. This year marks the first time the event…
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