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Boone Float Trips, Rivers + Rafting

riverOur guide to the best Boone River Trips is presented by local paddling and river adventure expert River and Earth Adventures. Below you will find information on family float trips near Boone, whitewater rafting in Boone and other fun and exciting river adventures in the Boone, NC area including adventures on the Watauga River, New River, Upper Creek Falls, French Broad River, and Wilson Creek. For more info on planning your next river adventure in the High Country, contact Wahoo’s Adventures.


River & Earth Adventures

Local River Expert: River & Earth Adventures

(828)-355-9797 / www.raftcavehike.com

 



Watauga River (Valle Crucis): The Watauga River Gorge is known throughout the country as being one of the premier whitewater runs in the East. But beginner paddlers and those just looking to enjoy a lazy float can also find great options as well. The river offers gently flowing sections through scenic Valle Crucis that are perfect for kayakers, canoeists, and tube floats. For the more experienced boaters, look no further than the Class V Watauga Gorge. During summer dry seasons, the section below Watauga Lake offers boaters a chance to ride big waves on a regularly scheduled dam release and makes for a great trip thanks to the numerous swimming holes and scenic stretches. River and Earth Adventures offers guided trips, canoe and kayak rentals and shuttles for the Watauga River.

Directions from Boone: Take Hwy 105 S for 4.8 miles to right onto Broadstone Rd./Hwy 194. Follow past the Historic Mast General Store in Valle Crucis to Watauga River Rd on the left. A good put-in is beneath the bridge immediately after turning onto Watauga River Rd. Contact River & Earth for shuttles and rentals.


Canoe The High Country: Allow River and Earth Adventures to provide you with all the equipment and logistics as you immerse yourself fully in the famous, breathtaking landscape of the Appalachians. All you have to do is float and enjoy. They’ll provide you with a Mohawk canoe, personal flotation device, paddles, and a small cooler upon request. Spend an hour on the river, or the whole day! It’s your own vehicle waiting for you at the take out! River and Earth Adventures will come and pick up the canoe. Bring sunscreen and a lunch and relax as the river carries you through wilderness. Those rocky beaches are perfect for a picnic! Whether it’s a romantic rendez-vous for two, time to catch up and cool off with your best friends, or a day on the river for a family reunion, you will love your relaxing, rejuvenating, tranquil day of paddling.

Plan Ahead: Contact River & Earth Adventures to plan your outdoor adventure by calling 866-411-RAFT.


River and Earth AdventuresRaft the French Broad River: The French Broad River flows 213 miles starting in nearby Transylvania County into Tennessee and provides some excellent whitewater rafting and float opportunities. The river is calm as it cuts around downtown Asheville, but it’s a torrent ofwhitewater further west near Hot Springs. Run a 5 mile half-day trip for an experience chocked full of class II-III rapids such as Pinball, S-Turn, and Stack House. Go for an 8 mile full day trip and tackle the famous class IV Frank Bell’s rapid.

Directions from Boone: We recommend hooking up with River & Earth Adventures to schedule this trip in advance. They offer shuttles from their Boone location or, if you’d prefer, you can meet the guide at the put-in and start your adventure.


Standup Paddleboard Watauga Lake: take in the beauty of Watauga Lake from the comfort of a standup paddleboard, the perfect vessel for a fun day of swimming, paddling and exploring. River & Earth Adventures is now offering paddleboard rentals for a half or full day of adventure on the water and can point you in the right direction for the best places to explore on the lake.

Plan Ahead: Contact River & Earth Adventures to plan your outdoor adventure by calling 866-411-RAFT.


Canoe Camping on the New River (Jefferson): The New River was dedicated as a National Scenic River in 1976, and for good reason – this gentle river is home to a vibrant ecosystem and flows through the pastoral landscape of gently rolling hills and rugged mountains. With 32 miles of river to explore, we suggest bringing your camping gear and making it a multi-day journey. The state park section of the river offers three different camping areas with great river access and solid camping.

Directions from Boone: Take Hwy 421 S for 10 miles to a left onto Hwy 221 N. Follow for 16 miles, passing through the town of Jefferson. When Hwy 221 turns left, stay straight on Hwy 88 E and follow for 5.5 miles to The New River State Park on Wagoner Access Rd.


Upper Creek Falls (Jonas Ridge): A hidden gem known as one of the most unique and popular swimming holes in the area, Upper Creek Falls is a must for all explorers who like the thrill of natural waterslides. The trail begins on the left side of the parking lot and descends into the gorge by way of a series of switchbacks. Head downstream to Lower Falls where one of the area’s most incredible natural waterslides can be found. As always when exploring a river, be cautious of slippery rocks and wear proper footwear.

Directions from Boone: Take Hwy 105 S for 17 miles to Linville. Continue on Hwy 221 S and veer left onto Hwy 181 S toward Morganton. Approximately 4.1 miles south of the Hwy 181/183 junction near the Linville Gorge, you will see the sign, parking lot, and trailhead on the left.



 

River & Earth Adventures

Local River Expert: River & Earth Adventures

(828)-355-9797 / www.raftcavehike.com

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