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.

Outdoor Disneyland; New Charlotte Whitewater Park Offers More Than World-Class Paddling

By Graham Averill | 01 Oct 04
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If getting a new boat is like getting a new toy, then getting a world-class whitewater park is like your dad building a replica of Disney World in your backyard. Paddlers across the Southeast are excited about Charlotte’s U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC), which is scheduled to open in June.

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Fear and Loathing In Southern Appalachia

By BRO Staff | 01 Sep 04
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What luck! A bluebird Saturday morning, good friends, a great stream on a no-drytop day with highs in the 70s expected…

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Conquering Fear of Open Water Swims

By BRO Staff | 01 Aug 04
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The open water swim—we’ve all been afraid of it at some point. You worry about what’s in the brown murky water. You’re spooked about completing the distance without a wall to hang on. You also imagine folks kicking or hitting you… Here are five helpful hints to help you face your fears and improve your open water swimming:

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By Gauley! Classic Runs and Timely Tips for Gauley Season

By BRO Staff | 01 Jul 04
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It’s September, and that most Blue Ridgy of Blue Ridge paddlesports diversions is upon us: Gauley Season! This is when boaters from Alabama to Ontario make their annual pilgrimage to the bustling metropolis of Summersville, WV…

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