NC Outdoor Adventures

Min Age

5 yrs

Max Group Size



3-4 hrs


$78/ person


Enjoy a white-water class II adventure on the pristine Toe River, the cleanest river in NC located among the Blue Ridge Mountains. NC Outdoor Adventures offers whitewater options that provide experiences for guests of all ages & experience levels with this family friendly whitewater trip! Our guides treat guests on an adventure exploring old dams, Swiss Cheese jump off boulders, surf holes, and the Penland Swim Hole.

A unique bonus when paddling the Toe River with NC Outdoor Adventures is we boast no bumper boats, NO CROWDS. This means guests get to enjoy an increased chance to see common wildlife of Western North Carolina including trout, smallmouth bass, eagles, an early morning bear, osprey, deer, beavers, and perhaps even the elusive endangered Hellbender.

Whitewater kayaking

The Penland Boulder Garden Paddle trip offers several short class II rapids spread out between sections of flat water. It is an ideal paddle trip for beginners with little to no experience and young children, a great family experience! We use inflatable duckies that offer amazing stability for our guests.


Great for everyone! Ages 5+. No paddle experience needed.

When & Where:

Tuesday-Sunday, starting April-October 1st. The trip’s start time is 9:00 AM and remember we float rain or shine! Adventure Tour times depend on water levels, but guests should expect a 3-hour trip. Please arrive 15 minutes early at NCOA’s river outpost and store at 1173 Whitson Branch Rd. Bakersville, NC 28705. 

Our season runs April-October on the Toe River in Bakersville NC. Please understand trip times depend on water levels but guests should expect a 3-hour trip. Please arrive 15 minutes early.  Trips meet at NCOA’s outpost at 1173 Whitson Branch Rd. Bakersville, NC 28705. 

Cost :

$78 for adult or youth Kayak (ducky). Children under 80 pounds must be in the boat with a parent/guardian, that cost is $60. Youths 80-100 pounds should book a youth kayak. Parents must be confident in the ability of the child to paddle the duration of the trip. 

Important note when adding a child to your boat: the weights of the ducks should not exceed 300 pounds! If you have questions, feel free to call or message us! Contact us or call (828)260-4505

This Adventure trip has a three-person minimum to run. If three spots are not booked guests can choose to purchase the open spots or move to another trip option.

Penland Boulder Garden Whitewater with family

Contact:  Email:  phone (828) 260-4505

**If you do not see a scheduled trip time that works for you, please call our office to set up a private trip, we have you covered.

**Alcohol prohibited on all NCOA river trips

* We have group kayaking rates, starting for groups of 12. Please call or email us for details.

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Group bookings: For groups of 20 or more please contact or call us on (828)260-4505 

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