Fun at the Ledges!


By Em Shanblatt

This past Tuesday kicked off the Ladies on the Ledges series, which happens EVERY TUESDAY IN OCTOBER AT 5:30!

Ladies on the Ledges is a free event we created to get women on the water together!  We spend from 5:30-7:30 (or shorter if you’d like) paddling on the Ledges rapid on the French Broad in Woodfin.  The 200 yard stretch of water is a long class I/II rapid which any level paddler can attain (paddle upstream) or walk up the shore, then paddle downstream and run the rapid!



This process provides tons of opportunities to work on your paddling skills, especially stroke technique, edging, boat control, and maneuvers such as ferries and peel outs!  If you’re interested in surfing and honing in on your playboating skills, there are several waves and an awesome hole to practice in as well!  Or maybe you’re most interested in doing faster attainments and getting an awesome cardio and core workout!  No matter what skill level or interests you have, ledges truly does offer something for everybody!


Ladies on the Ledges is also a great opportunity to paddle with some of the best female instructors around!  The Girls at Play expert team of kayakers and instructors will be there to help you get the most out of you time on the water.

Finally, Ladies on the Ledges is simply TONS OF FUN!  We laugh, cheer each other on, support each other through tough moves, and always come away with new friends.  If you’re from the Asheville area and are looking to find more women to kayak with, this is a great way to connect with other locals!


The Ledges park is located about 10 minutes from downtown Asheville in Woodfin.  Here are directions from 240 in Asheville

– 240 to 26-W
-Get off at the Elk Mountain/Woodfin exit which is one exit past the UNCA exit
-Take a left off the exit and stay on this road for a couple of miles until you run into Riverside Drive (it’ll be a T intersection with the Riverside office complex in front of you)
-Take a right onto Riverside (you’ll see the French Broad on your left) and stay here for about 3ish miles
-You’ll see a small blue sign that says “Ledges Whitewater Park 1 mile” and it’ll be on your left

Hope to see you there!

For more women’s kayak instruction and kayaking tips, check out our weekend clinics in North Carolina!  We have a novice clinic happening October 15-16 and another one October 22-23!

“Thanks goes out to Anna, Mary Frances, and Emily! what a great time playing at the ledges tonight. amanda and i definitely got a work-out…..not to mention that i learned some great paddling tips. can’t wait until next tuesday!”     -Rosie Eisenberg