Seven Mile Trips

What does a river trip with the AOC look like?

Selecting one of our kayaks, canoes, SUPs, or rafts is the beginning of a beautiful seven mile float down the French Broad River (we do not shuttle for tubes). You begin your day by checking into our office, signing a waiver, and taking care of payment 45 minutes ahead of your scheduled shuttle time. You will then hang out on our facilities until we sound the trumpet, and begin handing out life jackets. We'll lead you through a short safety briefing, where we cover what you'll expect to encounter on the river, how to stay safe in case of inclement weather, and how to find help if you need it. After safety, we'll load up the vans and begin the 15 minute ride up to the put in, where you'll start your float. Our turn-n-burn crew will unload your boats and help you get settled in before gently pushing you out into the river.

The seven mile float takes approximately 2.5 hours depending on water levels. The float follows the Biltmore Estate property, which is quiet, green, full of wildlife, and has a great view of the Biltmore House and Inn from the water. You may catch sight of a Great Blue Heron, an otter, or a woodchuck, among other river life.  We invite you to spend the day with us when you finish your float! We have picnic tables, music, restrooms, and yard games like corn hole, ladder ball, and can jam to enjoy while you wind down. 

We can't wait to spend the day with you at the AOC!


Adults: $50.00

Youth Kayak: (Age 12 & under): $40.00

Military: $45.00

Weight Limit 300 Lbs


$100.00 per boat

2 passengers max

Weight Limit 475 Lbs


$100.00 per boat

Weight Limit 475 Lbs

2 passengers max


Adults: $70.00

(Minimum age of 12)


Weight Limit 200 Lbs


$45 Per Person

(Minimum charge of $180)

4-5 people per raft

Weight Limit 900 Lbs

Our calm water rafting trip gives you an opportunity to float down the river with the whole family. As we don't tube down the 7-mile Biltmore stretch of river, rafting is the most comfortable, relaxing float. 

We can not put out rafts when water levels drop too low, as the current is not strong enough to push the boat over the rocks, which either stops or rips the raft.


Always call to reserve your

quiet water rafting trip




(We do not shuttle for tubes)

Walk with your tube one mile down the Greenway Trail, and access the river at Hominy Creek Park. Once you make it back to the AOC, you are welcome to walk-and-tube as many times as you like! Half Day prices cover up to three floats; full day covers 4+ floats.

$20.00 Per Tube

Availability subject to water levels

Tubing runs from May - September

No reservation required -- 

Tubing is first come-first serve from 9am -3pm must be finished by 5:00 pm. 




Rent a tube to take with you for the day and bring it back to us when you are finished.


$25 per tube 

Private Boat SHUTTLE

Have your own boat, and just need a shuttle up the river? As long as we have space after we've loaded our own boats, we have you covered. Our shuttle fee includes parking.

$20.00 per boat


If you have your own shuttle, and just need to use our parking, we charge a flat rate per vehicle, space permitting.

$5.00 per vehicle
River Access is $5 per person


Call ahead to make reservations. Include date, trip time, number of participants, and boat selection(s). You are welcome to drop-in to see if we have space, but trips are only guaranteed if booked in advance and pre-paid.

Shuttles leave at 10 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, and 2PM, and are weather dependent. All trips are self-guided, and take approximately 2.5 hours. Arrive at the Asheville Outdoor Center 45 minutes prior to a trip time to check-in. Late arrivals will be deferred to the next available trip time, space permitting. Participants under 18 must have legal parent/guardian signature and be accompanied by an adult on the trip. If you need to cancel, we provide a full refund as long as you contact us 24 hours prior to your trip. For inclement weather, give us a call the day of your trip. We'll refund your float if you feel uncomfortable with the rain, or if we need to call off the trip for thunder and lightning. If unsure of anything, just give us a call. We want you to be completely confident about your trip with the AOC, and we want you to have the best experience possible!

All boaters, boats and vehicles accessing at Asheville Outdoor Center must be off the river and out of the parking lot at the conclusion of each business day (typically 5:00PM). Any vehicle left in our lot after closing will be towed at the owner's expense. 

Save time by bringing your completed release form with you.