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Water Adventures in North Carolina's High Country

Wilson Creek Gorge
Part of the Grandfather District of the Pisgah National Forest. Beautiful area offering hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, & swimming. South of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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Roan Mountain State Park
Spans 600 acres, straddling the North Carolina and Tennessee state lines! In mid-June, the Rhododendron Gardens host the world’s largest natural rhododendron gardens in bloom! The Park offers hiking, fishing, tennis, volleyball, basketball, picnicking, swimming pool, and a series of summer concerts!
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Moses Cone Memorial Park & Parkway Craft Center
Park covers 3,500 acres and includes two trout fishing lakes and over 25 miles of hiking trails. The Parkway Craft Center in the Manor House has demonstrations of craft making and handmade crafts by Appalachian artists featuring over 300 artists, clay, wood, glass, natural materials, leather, metal, jewelry, fiber, paper, craft demonstrations. Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway north of Blowing Rock at milepost 294, about 35 minutes from Beech Mountain. Open March 15-Nov.30, 9am-5pm.  828-295-7938
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High Mountain Expeditions
Whitewater rafting, funyaking, & caving. Offering an entire fleet of self-bailing rafts & funyaks, state-of-the-art equipment & gear, comfortable, well-maintained vehicles, gourmet meals & professional guides that are noted for their knowledge, skills, & experience. Fun for all ages & abilities! Located in Banner Elk & Blowing Rock. (828) 898-9786
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Edge of the World
Whitewater rafting & canoeing, rock climbing & rappelling. Located in Banner Elk. (828) 898-9550.
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Wahoo’s
Whitewater action for the entire family suitable for children 3 years old and up and has been recognized as outfitter of the year two times! Some of their popular tours include: Rafting with Small Children, High Adventure Rafting, Extreme Rafting and Cave Exploration. They also offer rentals of canoes, tubes, kayaks and bikes. Located in Boone. (828) 262-5774.
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River and Earth Adventures
Offering canoeing & kayaking, whitewater rafting, tubing, caving, rock climbing, & hiking excursions. Located between Beech Mountain & Boone.
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Cherokee Adventures
Whitewater rafting & cycling trips & low ropes. Located in Erwin, TN, about an hour from Beech. (800) 445-7238.
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