River Runs & Reservations

Rocky Forest River Run offers  1.5 – 6 hour Trips

All rentals include: the vessel (kayak, canoe or tube), life vests, and paddle for boats, along with the shuttle upstream.  Trip times depend on paddling styles, vessel & current water level. Shuttle Only (those with their own vessel) include shuttle upstream. 

 River levels in the Elkin area on the Yadkin are normally great for kayaking. We always have water, when other rivers don’t.  This gauge is set an an area that is normally shallow and does not represent river levels in all areas.  Normal depths range from 1.5 – 6+ft depending on rain and seasonhttp://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=rnk&gage=elkn7  

  • RFRR is open Thursday and Friday afternoons, and all day Saturday and Sunday.   Thursday afternoons are available by pre-scheduled appointment only during June, July & August.
  • ALL Rocky Forest River Run trips are SELF GUIDED, unless the customer specifically requests someone guide their trip in advance.


    The river shining through the trees in Elkin

  • Paddle at your leisure, but ALL boaters must return by 6:00 pm Sat & Sun, 7:00 pm on Friday and 30 min prior to sunset when participating in a twilight run, to avoid a late return fee.
  • Customers must arrive at least 15 minutes early to complete release forms and be fitted for your rental equipment.  Folks with their own boats using the Shuttle service, need to arrive 20 min early to load your equipment on our trailer and complete the shuttle release form.
  • Each trip rental includes: kayak, tube or canoe with life vest and paddle or oar(s) & the shuttle upstream.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to ensure all parties their group wear their life vest while on the river. Children ages 12 and under are required to wear life vests at all times while on waterways, per North Carolina law.
  • For safety and liability children under the age of three (3) years old cannot be allowed in rental equipment. Thank you for understanding our concern for your and your child’s well being.
  • We do NOT shuttle other folks tubes or other inflatables!
  • We cannot allow pets in our van due to allergies…sorry!


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Cancellation Policy: All RFRR trips are rain or shine! A cancellation or no show on date of the reservations, will result in full rental fee.  Cancellations will not be taken via e-mail.  Customers must call to cancel at least 14 days prior to receive a 90% refund; within 7 days to receive a 70% refund;.  You must call at least 48 hours in advance  for a 50% refund.  RFRR will work with you to reschedule your trip or issue a credit voucher within 24 hours due to inclement weather (storming or heavy rains).  No refunds due to rain while you are on the river. Any amount refunded may be reduced by processing fees charged to RFRR.

Other Services

RFRR now has picnic tables for rent after your river run. We are also going to begin offering a Event Spaces Rental, Retreat/Team Building River Runs, and a Small Rustic Riverside Wedding spot for a truly natural, open-air, simple wedding experience beside the river!  riverside wedding Just Married  Riverside Wedding

Paddle Sports can be an Add On to this event, for the couple, wedding party and/or the folks at their wedding.