With a 24-hour kayak or canoe rental, adventurers can explore local water holes, such as Randleman Reservoir, Lake Brandt, High Point City Lake, and Salem Lake, on their own. Glide past verdant foliage, through glittering reflections of aged bridges, and into largemouth bass’ large mouths while your watercraft slices through waves faster than a machete master defending himself against rogue Jell-O. Get:Outdoors’ top-notch equipment makes it easy for both cub canoeists and professional paddlers to achieve their smooth, blue, shimmering dreams; recreational kayaks are available from Wilderness Systems and Native Watercraft, and colorful canoes are manufactured by Mad River, the same company that designed the Santa Maria. The rental fee includes paddles and life jackets, as well as straps and foam blocks to keep boats’ keels from scratching your vehicle’s paint.
Buttermilk Creek Outfitters stocks a huge inventory of rugged accoutrements for hunters, fishers, and archers. The shop prides itself on excellent customer service, guiding visitors through the racks of cross-bows, shooting accessories, and a variety of lures to catch trophy fish or salmon filets at the grocery store. One of the two shop locations is home to an archery range, where visitors can practice their aim or take lessons with rented equipment.
Jesse Brown's stocks a multitude of items, including hiking boots, backpacking gear, climbing gear, water-sports equipment, fishing equipment, travel wear, outdoor apparel and more. Whether tackling Mount Kilimanjaro or tackling the humungous catfish species known as Killer Manjaro, Jesse Brown's knowledgeable staff can help locate exactly the right gear for the adventure at hand. More than 150 brands are available, including North Face, Timbuk2, Mountain Hardware, Granite Gear, and much more.
A bearded and scruffy Shawn Hash launched his outfitting business 20 years ago with a spartan collection of four bicycles, two canoes, and a pickup truck. Tangent Outfitters now oversees a small flotilla of aquatic craft as it leads guests to all the outdoor adventures the New River and its surrounding valley have to offer. Tubing trips afford a leisurely 1- to 2-mile jaunt down the river, with plenty of pit stops at sunny beaches, swimming holes, or riverside nail salons. Instructors bring a slice of Hawaiian watersports to Virginia with standup paddleboard lessons or teach guests to snag unsuspecting smallmouths with guided fishing trips. The surrounding mountainous trails invite bikers to speed through their dirt-stained paths, and the riverbeds host seven different types of kayak and canoe day trips. Adventurers can stock up on excursion rations at Tangent's onsite deli.
Bearded Lady Fly Fishing owner Wesley Hodges and his partner Chris Lalli, both seasoned fishermen, are always at work scouting out new fishing areas and designing custom lures for bait. It's during their guided fishing trips, though, that their expertise shines. Along with a team of expert guides, Chris and Wesley helm half- and full-day trips, as well as lessons, that cover more than 80 miles of sometimes calm, sometimes churning New River and its trout streams. They also explore nearby Whitetop Laurel and Big and Little Stoney. Wading in or casting from the boat, groups ply the rushing waters for smallmouth bass, muskie, and three species of trout.