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Guided River Snorkeling Adventures

"Drift Away From The Mainstream!"

All gear is included in the price (5mm neoprene wetsuit, snorkel, mask, 5mm gloves, hood, and vest).

We also offer new and used masks and snorkels for purchase.

You are welcome to bring your own gear, but your wetsuit must be a full 5mm wetsuit.

Oxbow River Snorkeling is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. Although biologists have used river snorkeling as a research tool for quite some time, it is quickly becoming a favorite activity for adventurers and explorers. Oxbow River Snorkeling is the first company to focus on guided river snorkeling in the United States. Our mission is to provide a full-scale river snorkeling adventure, while our customers create lasting memories of our ancient watersheds. We have designed several tours along the upper French Broad River and its tributaries, and have several other river snorkeling adventures at river snorkeling sites along tributaries to the lower French Broad River, and the Little Tennessee River and it's several of its tributaries. You will see examples of different types of aquatic communities and each adventure is packed full of potential surprises around every bend! Come join us as we venture below the surface of some of the oldest rivers in the world and remember to bring your waterproof camera or GoPro! ​

Our snorkeling trips are designed for ages 10 & up. However, wetsuit size will determine whether a child can participate. The smallest Youth size wetsuit we carry is a size 10.

Guided Snorkeling Adventures

Group Adventure

$285 (1 to 3 people) 

 $315 (1 to 3 people) 

Aquatic Specialist

$105 each additional person

Freshwater Biologist or Master Naturalist

$105 each additional person

Maximum: 6 snorkelers per group

Our Aquatic Specialists are certified in wilderness first aid and CPR, or higher, and will guide you and your safely on the river. They have completed all of the necessary training to locate, identify, and discuss some of the common animals that your and your group will see on your snorkeling adventure. 

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Private Adventure

$570 (1 to 6 people)

 $630 (1 to 6 people) 

Aquatic Specialist

Maximum: 6 snorkelers per group

Freshwater Biologist or Master Naturalist

This adventure is designed for individuals or groups wanting to go on a river snorkeling adventure by themselves, or alone with just with their group. This adventure is best with 1-3 people.  Less people means more 1-on-1 time with your guide. The price is the same whether you plan to go by yourself or bring up to 5 people with you.

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Solo Snorkeling Adventure


$130 (per person) 

We must have at least 3 individuals sign up to avoid cancelation

Age 18 and up

Maximum: 6 snorkelers per group

We have put together specific dates for individuals to sign up, meet up, and explore our local rivers as a group. Check our calendar by clicking the BOOK NOW button below, and follow us on social media for specific sign up dates.


Guided Hellbender
Snorkeling Adventures

Group Adventure
​$345 (1 to 3 people) 
$115 (each additional person)

Maximum: 6 per group

Private Adenture
$690 (up to 6 people)

Maximum: 6 per group

Contact us for Larger Groups

Our 2024 Hellbender Breeding Season Snorkeling Tours will be August 25 - September 14


Guided Canoe & Snorkel Trip

Group Adventure
$450 (1-3 people)

$150 (each additional person)

Maximum: 6 people

Private Adventure
$900 (up to 6 people)

Contact us for Larger Groups

Solo Adventure
$160 (per person)

For individuals who want to book a trip, but are not part of a particular group. 


We have partnered with Headwaters Outfitters to create this unique river adventure designed for those who want to relax and float down the river in a canoe for 4-5 hours stopping at several locations along the way to river snorkel. You and your group members are welcome to bring along a lunch, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages for the trip. Sorry, we love pets but they are not allowed on this adventure. A knowleadgeable guide, snorkeling gear, canoes, paddles, and life jackets will be provided.


Important: At least 3 people need to book for the Solo Adventures to avoid cancellation. Solo Adventures will only be available for specific dates. Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or click on the book now icon to look at our calender.


  • Wetsuit (5mm thick)

  • Gloves (5mm thick)

  • Mask & Snorkel

  • Hood and Vest (5mm & 3mm thick)

  • Backpack and drybag (Guide will carry your keys, any medications you need, & a first aid kit) ​

  • A knowledgeable guide for you and your group. Our guides have a passion for teaching about the riverine environment and the animals that Inhabit them.

  • Canoe, Paddle, PFD

NOT Included:

  • Thick Socks (wool, smartwool, or something thick) - There are several stores nearby that sell thick socks)

  • Food and Drinks (Participants usually wait until after the snorkeling trip for food and drinks)

  • Gratuity for Guides - Our guides work hard to make your adventure safe while helping you and your group create great memories.

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