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Blue Heron Adventures


Blue Heron Adventures

115 Willow Dr.


Kayak, canoe, standup paddleboard, raft, hike, and more with Blue Heron Adventures! We offer self-guided kayak rentals, guided tours, and lessons. Headquartered in McAdenville, NC near Charlotte.

Our mission is to provide engaging outdoor experiences within the Catawba River Basin that inspire our guests to protect our waterways.

Proceeds from Blue Heron Adventures go directly to Catawba Riverkeeper's mission to preserve, protect, and restore our lakes and streams. When you rent a kayak or book a tour, know that you are supporting education programs for kids and adults, water quality monitoring, science-based advocacy, and cleanups.


Slow Flow Kayaking on the South Fork

Kayak the slowly flowing South Fork River at your leisure with this scenic experience in McAdenville or Cramerton, NC near Charlotte. LEARN MORE

The Boathouse Rentals

Rent a kayak, canoe or standup paddleboard for a 90-minute paddling experience on the South Fork River at The Boathouse in McAdenville, NC near Charlotte. LEARN MORE

Flatwater Kayaking on Lake Wylie

Great for beginners, enjoy paddling on upper Lake Wylie from Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park in Belmont, NC next to Charlotte. 1 and 2 person kayaks available. LEARN MORE


South Fork Rapids

Enjoy an authentic river experience with professional guides through Class I and Class II rapids. LEARN MORE


Explore the Catawba-Wateree River basin on guided kayak trips throughout the year. LEARN MORE

Thursday Evening Paddles

Paddle different lake and river segments each week on guided kayak tours. Series runs April - July. Locations vary. Many located near Charlotte. LEARN MORE

Paddle, Bike, Run Series

Meet at The Boathouse in McAdenville on the 1st Thursday evening of each month for rotating outdoor sports. LEARN MORE

Full Moon Paddles

Paddle under the full moon’s glow and have fun with spooky stories, folklore, full moon rituals, and animals of the night! LEARN MORE

Swimming Hole Hikes

Coming this summer! Explore trails along the best swimming holes in the Catawba River Basin. LEARN MORE


Intro to Kayaking

Learn to kayak! Each Saturday at 1pm, we offer a 30-minute Intro to Kayaking Clinic in McAdenville, NC that will cover all the basics for you to feel more confident on the water. LEARN MORE

SUP Basics

Learn proper equipment use, paddle boarding techniques, self-rescue, and basic knowledge about paddleboarding in this region. Kayaking lessons offered near Charlotte. LEARN MORE

Intermediate Flatwater

Refine your paddling skills for more comfortable and enjoyable kayaking experiences on lakes and slow flowing rivers. Kayaking lessons offered near Charlotte. LEARN MORE

Intro to River Running

Learn basic river navigation and become a more confident paddler. Kayaking lessons offered near Charlotte. LEARN MORE

South Fork Trail

Adjacent to the South Fork River. The trail goes under the I-85 bridge and through woods along the river. The trail is marked at the 0.5, 1.0, and 1.5 mile points, ending near the cul-de-sac of a residential neighborhood. While no parking is available at this end of the trail, there is pedestrian access for neighborhood residents. The land surrounding this trail is on the Pharr Yarns Preserve. This is a historic trail twas originally used by the Native Americans and then utilized by settlers for textile mills. There were two mills in the woods along the trail.


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