river tubing with Cape Fear River Adventures in Lillington, NC

About Cape Fear River Adventures

About Cape Fear River Adventures

About the shop

Canoe rental cabin at Cape Fear River Adventures in Lillington, NC

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.

About the owner

Owner of Cape Fear River Adventures in Lillington, NC

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 600 people a day on summer weekends! ilia Smirnov, the owner, is an avid paddler and outdoors-man himself! ilia is an ACA Level 3 kayaking instructor, he’s a whitewater guide and kayaker, he has paddled from Lillington to Wilmington, covering nearly the entire Cape Fear River to the Atlantic Ocean 3 times! He is an experienced whitewater rafting guide, having led numerous raft trips and kayaked down the notorious Gauley and New Rivers in West Virginia. 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 , NC. 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 :)


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