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.

Mountain Mama: How Sarah Ruhlen is Redefining Kayaking Videos

By Ky Delaney | 03 Apr 17
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Sarah Ruhlen hopes that her all-female edit for this year’s Tallulah Fest helps create a more expansive view of what it means to paddle whitewater.

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Hillbilly Environmentalist: We All Drink Downstream

By Michael Hill | 28 Mar 17
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We all drink—and work and play—downstream. Let’s protect the rivers where we play.

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Tallulah Fest + Chattooga River Clean Up

By Road Team | 24 Mar 17
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Our first event is coming up April 1st! Join us at Tallulah Fest and help us celebrate the spirit of the river, including a post-event river cleanup on the Chattooga River.

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First Man Standing: Stand-up Paddleboarder Crosses the Atlantic

By Liam Gayter | 15 Mar 17
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Chris Bertish became the first man to cross the Atlantic Ocean on his own, unassisted and unsupported, on a standup paddleboard.

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Mountain Mama: A Q & A with Single Dad and Full-Time Adventurer Thomas Minton

By Ky Delaney | 05 Jan 17
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After I posted a couple interviews with single moms, readers responded. “I love what you’ve written about single moms, but what about single dads?”

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Mountain Mama: Q & A with Skiing and Boating Mama Biz Allen

By Ky Delaney | 19 Dec 16
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This week Mountain Mama catches up with fellow adventure junkie and single mom Biz Allen to find out what motivates her to go outside and play with the kiddos in tow.

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Five Reasons Why the Russell Fork Should be on Your Bucket List

By Laura Farrell | 21 Nov 16
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There are so many great things to love about Fall…. the cooling weather, the changing leaves, pumpkin flavored everything, but the absolute best thing about Fall? It means its Russell Fork Season.  Ever since my first trip to the Russell Fork back in 2005, it has held a very special place in my heart. In…

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7 Tips on Breaking into the Wild World of Whitewater Kayaking

By Annabell Plush | 08 Nov 16
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7 fool proof tips for breaking into the world of whitewater kayaking.

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Old Canoes on the New River

By Chris Trumbauer | 20 Oct 16
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A three day adventure on West Virginia’s Stunning New River.

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Mountain Mama: French Broad Litter Floatilla

By Ky Delaney | 18 Oct 16
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A recap of the French Broad Litter Floatilla, sponsored by Blue Ridge Outdoors, ENO, and 5Point Film Festival.

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Get Out, Give Back

By Jess Daddio | 11 Oct 16
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All of our rivers need a little love every now and then. This week we hit up the French Broad River to get out and give back.

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Green River Takeover

By Laura Farrell | 03 Oct 16
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Another Women’s Green River Takeover is on the books and it was bigger and better than ever.

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Get Out, Give Back: French Broad Litter Floatilla

By Jess Daddio | 22 Sep 16
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Get out and give back! Help Blue Ridge Outdoors, Live Outside and Play, and ENO clean up the French Broad River on October 6th!

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The Future of Water

By Jess Daddio | 12 Sep 16
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How will climate change affect fishing and paddling on your favorite regional river?

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Mountain Mama: Lessons from Mama Bear

By Ky Delaney | 06 Sep 16
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The gasps of a dozen parents made me look up from the raft on which I’m perched, spreading peanut butter, using the side of a raft as a table.

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