Upcoming Events

May 25: Women in the Wild, intro to SUP

6pm-7pm FREE

Join NRS‘ Jean Slade for an introduction to the basics of stand up paddleboarding on calm, flat water surfaces. She’ll cover layering for different conditions and share some of her favorite paddleboarding adventures.

This interactive clinic features plenty of Q&A, ensuring a workshop tailor made for the participants. After it’s over, you’ll get a chance to demo NRS SUPs right on the water at Lake Julian!

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This free class at Wild Wing Cafe is open to the public. Kids and well-behaved pets with owner on leash are welcome.

Saturdays April-June 10: Signs of Spring Guided Paddling with Headwaters Outfitters


APRIL 15 @ 9:15 AM1:15 PM

We offer our “Signs of Spring” a series of guided canoe trips on selected Saturdays from April through June. This guided canoe trip balances nature observation with the quiet relaxation of a morning canoe outing. Departing at 10 a.m (you must arrive by 9:15 am). from Headwaters, each canoe trip includes all paddling gear, river shuttle, and guide service. Snacks and drinks are available for sale at the shop. Prior canoeing experience is helpful, but not necessary. Reservations are required and are secured with a 50% deposit. The cost is $60 per person, though kids under 10 who sit in the middle of the canoe cost only $30.

Little Sweet Betsy (Trillium cuneatum) is just one species found along the French Broad River during Headwaters’ Signs of Spring guided canoe trip. There are over 2,500 species of wildflowers and flowering shrubs in the southern Appalachians, and many of these can be found somewhere along the French Broad River watershed. Thanks to a variety of microclimates and abundant rainfall, the French Broad hosts a beautiful array of spring flowers. The “Signs of Spring” guided trip takes full advantage of this display.

June 3, 10, and 17: Discovery at Dusk - Headwaters Outfitters

On selected Fridays in May, June, and September, we offer our most popular guided canoe trip “Discovery at Dusk”. Discovery at Dusk is a series of guided, evening canoe trips that balance nature observation with the quiet relaxation of an canoe outing. Each trip departs at 4 p.m. from Headwaters Outfitters and returns just after dusk. We paddle 8 miles, plan to be on the river approximately 4 hours. The trip fee includes your canoe, lifejacket, paddle, river shuttle, and river guide. Prior canoeing experience is helpful, but not necessary. Reservations are required and are secured with a 50% deposit. The cost is $60 per person

“A quiet canoe ride along a river forest provides an ideal way of seeing birds” states John C. Kircher in Peterson’s Ecology of Eastern Forests field guide (1988). For those who enjoy watching wildlife, or simply relaxing on a quiet summer evening, the French Broad River in Transylvania County offers some of the best places in Western North Carolina to take in this recreational experience.

While a few songbirds and squirrels may be seen during the day, the prime hours for viewing the majority of the French Broad’s residents occur when the sun settles in the west, and bustle of the day turns gradually into the calm and quiet of night.


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June 17 REI Garage Sale

Score epic deals at our Members-Only Garage Sale on Saturday, March 18th. You’ll find slightly used or returned gear and clothing for way less than what you’d pay for it new. Quantities are limited, items are sold as is, and all sales are final. But at these prices, you won’t care!
Asheville REI
31 Schenck Parkway, Asheville, NC  28803 9am-9pm