Calling all paddling families! It will soon be time to get the kids out and kick off the summer. The Carolina Canoe Club, Georgia Canoe Association, and Foothills Paddling Club are working together again this year to bring  you an awesome weekend of paddling and family fun. Families from across the southeast will  be converging on Bryson City NC over Memorial Day Weekend for a weekend of paddling. We’ll be coordinating family trips on everything from Lake Fontana to the Ocoee, over the three day weekend.

We know kids love to paddle together, what better way to get them hooked then by introducing them to other paddling kids. Special events are in the works for participating youth again this year. We’ll have mini clinics, giveaways, and more. Bring the kids out to paddle and enjoy a weekend of making new friends and having fun. This year’s sponsors include Jackson Kayak, Pyranha, Liquid Logic, Shred Ready and more. Current planned events:

Saturday 25th

Got a young paddler looking to move beyond surviving class II this year? The Nantahala Racing Club is opening their Saturday mini camp to us for the discounted rate of $15. Young paddlers will get an opportunity to work with NRC coaches and NRC athletes. For more information see the NRC website,

Group bonfire with hotdog & marshmallow roast. Bluegrass music at Smoky Mountain Meadows.

Sunday 26th

NRC Youth Qualifier Race. Want to see how you stack up against some of the best young talent in the southeast? Join the fun and race the bridge gates on the Nantahala. The bridge gates start at the founders bridge and run down to the vehicle entrance bridge. Cost to participate is $15.

Moms/Womens Paddle on the Nantahala. Limited raft space available, please email to save a spot

Camping and activities will be based out of Smoky Mountain Meadows in Bryson City. When making reservations, please let them know you are with Families Paddle Too.  Group camping rates are $10 per adult with 1 child(6-18) free with each paying adult. Additional children $3 each. Children 5 and under are free. Regular rates apply to their developed sites.  Check out time on Monday will not be until 6pm.

The dates are May 23rd to 26th. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!

For more information contact Carla Clevenger,