Paddle along a scenic portion of the South Fork River. Most of this section of river is protected on both sides making you feel like you're in the mountains - not 25 minutes from Charlotte! Expect to see blue herons, osprey, turtles, and more native fauna and flora.
Guests will meet at The Boathouse and be fitted with all required gear (single kayak, PFD, helmet, paddle). A 10-minute shuttle ride will take you to Spencer Mountain where you’ll launch with 2 experienced guides who will help you navigate this beautiful stretch of the South Fork of the Catawba. Each trip will last approximately 3 hours and will conclude back at your car at The Boathouse.
Experience Level: This kayaking experience is great for those who are comfortable in the water but might not be experts. It is accessible to many skills levels, but includes low Class I and Class II rapids in several sections with easy moving, gentle water in between.
Location: Meet at The Boathouse, shuttle provided to Spencer Mountain Access Area
(115 Willow Drive, McAdenville, NC)
Dates and Times: Saturdays at 9 AM starting in July.
Group tours available Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 9 AM or 2 PM.
What to Wear and What to Bring: Guests should dress comfortably in clothes that can get wet. Shoes with a heel strap, a water bottle, sunscreen, and snacks are encouraged as well and available for sale at The Boathouse.
Age and Weight Restrictions: Must be 18 years of age to purchase tickets. Must be 12 years of age to participate with an adult. Weight limit on kayaks: 250 lbs.
Cost: $50 guided tour fee includes kayak, paddle, helmet, Personal Floatation Device, safety instruction, and shuttle to Spencer Mountain.
Deadline to Purchase Tickets: You must purchase tickets 2 days in advance for each date and experience. The ticket will close 2 days before each scheduled reservation. If your desired date is closed, please contact Vanessa Covington, Program Director, firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability.
Group Reservations: Private group tours available for groups of 6-12 people! Private tours are offered Saturdays and Sundays at 2 PM. All group tours must be booked at least 15 days in advance. BOOK YOUR GROUP NOW!
Weather Policy: Our policy is to host the Half Day Guided Tour rain or shine EXCEPT in the case of severe rain, thunderstorms or lightning in the area as well as dangerous water level. If we have to cancel an event due to weather, we will provide a refund to all ticketed guests. We will do our best to notify guests of cancellations at least 2 hours in advance.
Refund Policy: You may cancel your ticket up to 24 hours before your scheduled date. If we must cancel due to weather or water level, your ticket will be fully refunded within 48 hours after your scheduled date and time.
Make your reservation today! Tours must be booked at least 2 days in advance.
Private group tours (6 or more people) must be booked 15 days in advance.