Elements of High-Water Paddling

With winter finally dwindling away and spring pushing in heavy rainfall, many paddlers are anxious to get out on the water! Here at Headwaters Outfitters we want to give a heads-up reminder that high-water brings additional increase of hazards and risks during these...

How to Dress for WNC’s Fall Paddling Season

Dressing for WNC’s Fall Paddling: Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worse As many would say, it is always a practical idea when paddling to “hope for the best, but to plan for the worse”. Paddling naturally holds an inherent risk of the water-sport to possibly get wet,...

Fall Paddling Along the French Broad River

Fall is finally here, waking to the crisp misty mornings, following into the shimmer of the afternoon falling foliage of leaves. Vibrant colors consisting of red, orange, yellow, and green fill the Appalachian Mountains; telling a farewell story to those blazing...
COVID-19 Updates
The current update as of April 1st, due to Governor's Order: Going forward until April 29th or further notice:
  • Our Retail Shop is CLOSED and:
    Offering ONLINE Shopping and Gift Cards
    Orders shipped out next business day
    For Call-in orders or order questions please EMAIL US.
  • The Forks of the River Taproom is CLOSED. 
    To-Go Beer orders available for pick-up Saturday 2-5pm. 
    Custom beer and wine orders available with prepayment
    orders can be placed via email or Facebook Messenger
    EMAIL HERE or Visit Us on FACEBOOK
  • Paddling Trips and Rentals
    We are postponing our opening day of paddling season until further notice
    All special events and guided paddling trips are postponed
    All shuttle services have been suspended
    Canoe and Kayak rentals suspended
  • Fishing Trips and Classes
    All Guide Trips and Classes are Postponed Through April 29th- For inquires please EMAIL

We appreciate your support and patience during this time. We will be available for questions, orders and reservations via phone and email. We will continue to provide updates when necessary. From our Headwaters Family to Yours, we send prayers that you and your loved ones stay safe.

The Whitmire Family