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.

Watch: 100 Years of North Carolina State Parks

By Travis Hall | 26 Aug 16
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North Carolina is now recognizing 100 years since the first state park was set aside for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.

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The Human Shuttle

By Graham Averill | 19 Aug 16
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It might look like an ideal picture of fatherhood, me toting my children into the woods or up a mountainous road (quality time!), but it’s totally selfish.

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The Riverkeeper Beer Series Continues with a Brand New Release from Hi-Wire Brewing

By Hartwell Carson | 04 Aug 16
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The Riverkeeper Beer Series is back with the fourth beer realease in the series, a Hi-Wire session IPA with experimental hops

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Mountain Mama: A Dream Comes True

By Ky Delaney | 02 Aug 16
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When life handed eight-year old Abby lemons, she turned them into her dream kayak.

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Mountain Mama: Ultra Light Green

By Ky Delaney | 25 Jul 16
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Over the years, other paddlers told me that if I loved living in Western North Carolina now, just wait until I got on the Green. “It gets so much better,” they said.

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10 Must-Do Whitewater Rafting Adventures

By Jason Frye | 21 Jul 16
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When it comes to whitewater rafting in the Blue Ridge, this list is your go to.

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A Creek Contested

By Jess Wiegandt | 11 Jul 16
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Located just 30 minutes from downtown Roanoke and with 5.5 miles of continuous class IV, Johns is a 9-to-5 working boater’s wet dream.

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US National Whitewater Center Temporarily Suspends Rafting and Whitewater Kayaking

By BRO Staff | 28 Jun 16
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The US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina has temporarily closed its whitewater rafting and kayaking attractions.

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Paddling Guide: Jonny Horton’s Go-To Gear

By Graham Averill | 27 Jun 16
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Rafting guide Jonny Horton reveals his go-to gear for river adventures.

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Mountain Mama: A Young Paddler’s Dream

By Ky Delaney | 27 Jun 16
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Seven year-old Abby loves kayaking and wants a new boat so she’s selling lemonade to get it.

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7 Boat-In Campsites to Check Out this Paddling Season

By Jason Frye | 21 Jun 16
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We searched our maps and found seven places where the camping is accessible only by water and that means you have some reading—and some trip planning—to do.

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Sweets of the East

By Jess Daddio | 16 Jun 16
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Six women. Four races. One chance to represent the United States at the World Rafting Championships. Can the Sweets of the East bring home the gold later this month at the United States Rafting Association R-6 National Championships?

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Q & A With Steve Fisher

By Charli Kerns | 08 Jun 16
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Legendary paddler and filmmaker Steve Fisher dishes about his first descent in Tibet and his latest documentary project.

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8 Blue Ridge Lakes to Check Out this Memorial Day Weekend

By Travis Hall | 26 May 16
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Eight Blue Ridge lakes that make for the ideal last-minute Memorial Day destination.

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Western Carolina University Wins Top Adventure College Contest for Third Year in a Row

By Travis Hall | 16 May 16
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For the third year in a row, Western Carolina University has come away with top honors in our annual adventure college contest.

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