The Green River is world-famous amongst the whitewater kayaking community. It is truly unique in that it has something for every type of kayaker (from class I – V+), flows through a pristine and protected canyon, runs 300+ days per year due to the Northbrook dam upstream, and in its tightest and steepest section flows through a rumbling granite amphitheater. Generally speaking, the river is divided into three sections. The Upper Green’s class III-IV whitewater is great for intermediate kayakers, beginners will enjoy the Class I-II shoals of the Lower Green, and the middle section (the Narrows) is a cornerstone for expert and elite kayakers.
In spite of its ~18,000 acres of wilderness, the Green River Gamelands is less frequented by mountain bikers than its big brothers, Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Forest. In spite of this under-the-radar vibe, the 15+ mile trail system features stunning views, lung-busting climbs, beautiful stream crossings, and rock gardens, drops, and off-camber sections that will challenge even the best riders.
Bent Creek is known as the quick fix trail network for Asheville professionals, but it is a fantastic and varied trail network in its own right. Anywhere else in the country it would be a prime regional destination that would draw mountain bikers for hundreds of miles. Bent Creek’s 6,000 acres features over 44 miles of trails, and visitors can also enjoy Lake Powhatan Beach, and a playground, pumptrack, and jump line at Bent Creek Community Park.
Riveter is a relatively new addition to the Western North Carolina outdoor scene, but has established its position as a premiere fitness and training center for bikers and climbers (not to mention a fantastic place to drink a beer)! The climbing features an awesome kids zone and slide, vast bouldering area, up to 55 foot tall walls, auto-belays for solo climbing, and plenty of top rope and lead options. The biking features over eight jump lines, a pumptrack, skills progression features, wall rides, a pro shop, and a high energy vibe. This place is guaranteed to wear your kids (and you) out!
DuPont is a fantastic natural resource to hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, and others, and offers some of the most user-friendly beginner and intermediate mountain biking in the Carolinas. No matter which combination of the 10,000 acres of trails you choose, the miles will melt away, and the terrain will constantly vary.