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.

8 Family River Adventures Not to Miss This Summer

By Eric Wallace | 25 Jul 17
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These nine canoe camping adventures along Mother Nature’s original water parks highlight the best family-friendly trips in the Blue Ridge.

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Paper Boats

By Graham Averill | 24 Jul 17
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So I’m deep in the Olympic Peninsula of Washington right now which is about as far away from my home as you can get and still be in the continental U.S.

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Mountain Mama: The Beauty in Fading

By Ky Delaney | 17 Jul 17
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That night my son and I camped alone, and I woke up to my forty-third birthday in a dry tent on a sunny day. We I paddled to waterfalls, slid down rocks, and ate marshmallows smothered in peanut butter until our bellies ached.

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Great Lake: Explore Lake Jocassee

By Ky Delaney | 13 Jul 17
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Explore Jocassee Lake—one of the last great places in the world.

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Paddle a River Tomorrow. Do Good Work. Drink Free Beer.

By Hartwell Carson | 07 Jul 17
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Earlier this week was July 4th, which means hopefully you blew up stuff, grilled food, and preferably swam in a river or lake. As the French Broad Riverkeeper, I love freedom and America as much as the next patriot, so I bring you the Riverkeeper Beer Series with the Wedge at Foundation. There will be time…

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Wonderful Whitewater: 10 Favorite Whitewater Destinations

By Alexis Eliot | 27 Jun 17
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Hit the rapids on these 10 top-notch whitewater rivers this summer.

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A Father’s Choice: How Frank Havens Brought Home the Gold

By Jess Daddio | 12 Jun 17
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In 1924, canoeist Bill Havens had a choice: compete in the Olympics or witness the birth of his child. Bill chose the latter, and 28 years later, that child, Frank Havens, brought the gold medal home.

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River People: A Couple Finds Magic On An End-to End French Broad River Journey

By Angie Mattson Stegall | 06 Jun 17
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Two suburban adventurers ditch their day jobs and paddle the length of the French Broad River.

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Festival Recap: CKS Paddlefest

By Road Team | 30 May 17
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The Live Outside and Play team heads west! Find out how their first festival in Colorado went down with quick their recap from Memorial day weekend and CKS Paddlefest.

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Mountain Mama: Chasing Dreams

By Ky Delaney | 22 May 17
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“Everything else ceased existing for me except that moment, fixating on where I wanted to be going over the waterfall. The closer I got to the drop, the bigger it looked.”

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How To: Deep Creek Lake, Md.

By Road Team | 11 May 17
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The Live Outside and Play Road Team adventure around Deep Creek Lake, Md. Here are their suggestions of how to make a stay here fantastic.

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Cheat River Festival: A Party in the Mud

By Road Team | 09 May 17
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Check out what the Live Outside and Play Road Team has to say about the 23rd annual Cheat River Festival!

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Mountain Mama Paddles the North Fork (Finally)

By Ky Delaney | 08 May 17
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Over the years whenever a friend told me about someone who got stuck in the eddy of doom or busted a boat paddling the North Fork, I took it as proof that I didn’t belong paddling there.

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The Wild President: Jimmy Carter and the Chattooga River

By Travis Hall | 27 Apr 17
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This short film from NRS recounts that infamous day in 1974 when Governor Jimmy Carter of Georgia took on the some of the most intense rapids in his state and lived to tell the tale.

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Wild and Scenic: 7 Protected Rivers and their Perks

By Alexis Eliot | 20 Apr 17
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The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System was created in 1968 to preserve rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in free-flowing condition.

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