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North Carolina Kayaking, Canoeing, and Rafting

All About Paddling Kayaks and Canoes in North Carolina


North Carolina is indisputably a beautiful part of the Southern United States. The Blue Ridge Mountains run through the state, the southern half of Smoky Mountain National Park lies in N.C., and the coastline’s Outer Banks are well known for their site seeing opportunities. All of this makes for some remarkable paddling. From mountain to sea there are canoeing and kayaking options for recreational boaters, whitewater enthusiasts, and sea kayakers alike. Here is a guide to discovering the rafting, kayaking, and canoeing options in and around the state of North Carolina.

Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking in North Carolina

Of course N.C. has some top rate whitewater paddling and sea kayaking opportunities. However, North Carolina also has plenty of options for recreational canoeing and kayaking from its shoreline and coast all the way to the mountains, and everything in between. Check out some of the options here.

Sea Kayaking along North Carolina's Coast

North Carolina has some renowned sea kayaking locations in the Barrier Islands and the Outerbanks, not to mention all of the other coastal sections along the state. Rentals, tours, group trips and private instruction are all readily available. Here is some information to help get your sea kayaking in North Carolina underway.

Whitewater Kayaking and Rafting in North Carolina

Not much more has to be said about South Carolina's Whitewater Kayaking Culture than the Nantahala Outdoor Center, on the fun Nantahala River. North Carolina is also within striking distance to whitewater kayaking in Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and even West Virginia. Learn all about the NOC and the other whitewater options that South Carolina and neighboring states have to offer here.

General Canoe, Kayak, and Rafting Information for North Carolina

North Carolina has a well-known paddling culture in both whitewater and sea kayaking circles. There are clubs, associations, outfitters, rentals, and instruction locations all over the state. Here is some additional information for canoeing, kayaking, and rafting in the state of North Carolina as well as in some neighboring states.
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