Kayaking the New River
My favorite way to see the New River is with RiverGirl Fishing Co. Owner Kelly and her team will make sure you find the right activity – for a big group or just one. She has single and double kayaks and canoes as well as tubing adventures. Trips can last from 1.5 to 3 hours.
Kelly McCoy is a fisheries biologist who has an incredible amount of information to share. She also teaches fly fishing and offers guided fishing trips. I remember when she bought the concession and the first thing she did was upgrade the equipment – something she has conscientiously continued to do every year.
Tubing can be very calm – but slow – and it is probably too slow for some kids who prefer faster action. Younger children are fine. I also prefer the single kayaks and think they are much easier than the doubles, particularly if the water is low and you need to scoot over the rocks (less weight is better). The kayaks are comfortable and very easy on the back due to the little seats in each; there is plenty of leg room. And really, any kayak is more comfortable than a canoe.
The New River is actually one of the oldest rivers in the U.S., and has been designated an NC State Scenic River and part of the U.S. National Wild and Scenic River System.
Get on the River and feel like you are in another world, it’s a really nice way to relax and experience another side of life in the High Country. While on the river, we’ve seen otter, deer, ducks, birds, and, oh yeah, cows!
RiverGirl is located in Todd, about 10 miles from Boone on Hwy 194, across from the historic Todd General Store. They open every year in April for the summer season. This year you can even join a special 1.5 hour “Wined Down Wednesdays” kayak trip at 5:30, complete with guide and wine! Give them a call for trips, classes or summer passes: 336.877.3099 or toll-free at 877.NCFISHIN (877.623.4744)
Very nice! My wife and I paddle a lot at the end of the New where it meets the Gauley to form the Kanawha. It is truly a beautiful place that we try to visit as often as we can.
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