About Cape Fear River Adventures on WRAL
We are extremely proud to be a family owned and operated river outfitter offering tubes, kayaks, canoes and paddle boards on the upper Cape Fear River in central North Carolina. Additionally, we do whitewater kayaking and scenic rafting trips at particular water levels. We are fully prepared to get you outside for a great time on the wild and beautiful Cape Fear River. We offer robust and complete safety briefings for all trips and have all necessary safety equipment to ensure you are as prepared as possible to safely enjoy your time on the river. Top-notch paddling equipment is provided to each of our customers before hitting the water. Our employees are true professionals at delivering an outstanding customer service experience for every visitor, every time. Our whitewater guides are trained and equipped to safely enjoy the river in more advanced environment.
And don’t worry if you’ve got a large group of folks: we have plenty of equipment to accommodate big crowds whether you are tubing, kayaking or canoeing. Our self-guided river trips offer our customers flexibility. Trips can vary from simple, no-fuss flat-water family outings to full day river excursions. We even have a two-day canoe camping river trip! Come get up-close and personal with the wildlife, the history, the beauty. Come see Cape Fear River.
We started back in 2012 with a few boats and life jackets and grew to a major paddling destination in Central
North Carolina, accommodating over 700 people a day! ilia, the owner, is an avid paddler
and outdoors-man himself! ilia is an ACA Level 3 kayaking instructor, he’s a whitewater raft guide and kayaker, he has
paddled from Lillington to Wilmington, covering nearly the entire
Cape Fear River to the Atlantic Ocean 3 times!
He led numerous river trips and kayaked down the notorious Gauley and
New Rivers in West Virginia. Completed an 8-day adventure on one of the most remote river sections in the country:
Lower Canoyns on the Rio Grande River bordering Texas and Mexico.
North Carolina is his home, so of course he’s kayaked the Nantahala, French Broad,
Green, Ocoee, Tuckasegee, Rocky, Deep, Neuse, and Cape Fear Rivers. ilia also trains and paddles regularly at the
world-renowned U.S National Whitewater Center in Charlotte
Here in Lillington, ilia is extremely involved
in everyday operations on land, water, and in the office. Always feel free to stop by with any questions or for
a river chat :)
My name is Andrew and I'm General Manager here at Cape Fear River Adventures.
I value relationships with family, friends and community.
I find great calm and excitement in my river experiences and want to safely share it with as many people as possible.
I currently serve on the advisory committee at Raven Rock state park and enjoy being outdoors.
I joined the Cape Fear River Adventures team in 2015 and have enjoyed seeing the company grow.
I have taught Kayaking classes, guided rafts and washed a lot of boats and life vests :))
I am a proud member of the American Canoe Association (ACA) and am always eager to learn something new!
I am open to any feedback or conversation and love river stories!
I am extremely grateful to work for Cape Fear River Adventures and excited for many season to come.
I look forward to seeing you on the river!