Min Age

12 yrs

Max Group Size



3-4 hrs


$78 / person


Enjoy a white-water (class II-III) adventure on the pristine Toe River located among the Blue Ridge Mountains Western NC. This trip features over a mile long section of back-to-back rapids for guests looking for a more adventurous trip! NCOA boasts, NO CROWDS! This fact sets us apart from other river outfitters offering a more nature immersive experience, a truly wild and scenic river adventure trip.

Perfect trip for ages 12+. The trip includes a brief stop to take a dip in the Red Hill swim hole before paddling a long section of flatwater to the take-out. The end of the trip passes under one of the county’s last remaining, functional wooden suspension bridges.

guides smile alot when working with NCOA.

NCOA uses inflatable kayaks, also known as funyaks or duckies. The boats are very forgiving and hard to flip so they offer great stability.

Fun fact: The Toe River is a world-class trout stream; it is the headwaters for the Nolichucky River and is one of the last free-flowing rivers in the USA and is home to the Hellbender! THE TOE IS ONE OF THE CLEANEST RIVERS IN NC!!!!!!


This is the trip for those looking for the wilder ride! Ages 12+, with a minimum weight requirement of 80 lbs! Some paddle experience needed. Guests will find longer rapids that result in longer swims should you come out of your duck. Our guides will do a brief kayak instruction and safety talk prior to reaching any whitewater.

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. 


$78 for adult or youth ducky.

Our whitewater trips have a three-person minimum to book. If three spots are not booked, guests can choose to purchase the open spots for a private tour, move to a date with more bookings, select another adventure trip, or receive a refund.

Important Trip Notes:

SHOES REQUIRED! FLIP FLOPS NOT ALLOWED! Most of the items to bring can be purchased at our river outpost store. Please bring a swimsuit, sunscreen, towels, waterproof camera, water shoes, sunglasses with a retention strap, extra contacts if you wear them, any medicines you might need and water.  To keep items dry you can always use baggies or purchase a dry sac and most of the needed trip items listed in our River Outpost Store.

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Contact:  Email: ncoadventures@gmail.com  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 ncoadventures@gmail.com or call us on (828)260-4505 

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