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Asheville Day Camps & After School Programs

Explore our Outdoor Summer Day Camps,
Spring & Fall Afterschool Programs & Clubs,
and Kolo Bike Park Instructional Shred Sessions!

The Adventure Center offers outdoor programs for our youngest adventurers all year!

Learn more about our awesome lineup for Afternoon & Saturday programs and Summer Day Camps offered at our onsite 100 acres just minutes from Downtown Asheville. 

Our 2023 Adventure Day Camps and Kolo Bike Camps are LIVE!

Summer Camp Dates are June 12-August 7, 2023

 You may book online* or by calling or stopping by our
Welcome Center at 828-225-2921
*Please note that online bookings include a non-refundable third-party online booking fee. That fee does not apply when booking in person or on the phone. “

Our day camps are proudly accredited by the American Camp Association

2023 ACA Summer Adventure Camp Exploration Program (ages 11 – 13)

$419/camper/week

Adventure Camp campers get to experience a new and different adventure at the Adventure Center of Asheville and Wildwater, Ltd. each day, including:

Each day campers will also have a water activity, including swimming at the Asheville Racquet Club pool. Then the rest of their day is filled with facilitated activities like team building, outdoor education such as fire building and survival skills, and creative learning led by our talented and trained staff.  And of course, lots of fun!!

At the Adventure Center of Asheville, our team of professional outdoor leaders takes pride and care in providing our Guests with an excellent experience. Campers in the Exploration program are given appropriate challenges throughout the day that promote new experiences, self-efficacy, and how to work well on a team.

Our camp counselor team is made up of certified teachers and young adults whose passion is working with youth and sharing their love for life and adventure. Campers are regularly divided into smaller groups to manage group size and allow campers to excel in each activity at their personal skill level and comfort zone. Great care is taken to assure campers are comfortable with each activity while encouraging them to stretch their comfort zone further. Counselors provide individual attention and unique experiences that campers will remember for the rest of their lives!

  • $419/camper/week 
  • Ages 11-13
  • Weekly June 12-August 7, 2023
  • 8:30 – 4:00 M-F, with optional late pick up until 5:00 for $10/day/person
  • American Camp Association accredited
  • Early Bird Discount of $10 off for the first week expires Feb 15, 2023, at midnight. 
  • Multiple Week Discount is available. ($20 off each additional week)
  • Cancellations made 2 weeks prior to camp date will receive a full refund minus a $25 cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations made within 2 weeks of the camp date will receive a 50% refund.
  • Health and Safety protocols in place (see below)

2023 ACA Summer Adventure Camp Discovery Program (ages 8-10)

$419/camper/week

Adventure Camp campers get to experience a new and different adventure at the Adventure Center of Asheville and Wildwater, Ltd. each day including:

Each day campers will also have a water activity, including swimming at the Asheville Racquet Club pool. Then the rest of their day is filled with facilitated activities like field games, outdoor education such as forest walks and shelter building, and creative learning led by our talented and trained staff.  And of course, lots of fun!!

At the Adventure Center of Asheville, our team of professional outdoor leaders takes pride and care in providing our Guests with an excellent experience. Campers in the Discovery program are introduced to the camp experience through trying new adventures and challenges, growing confidence, and making new friends.

Our camp counselor team is made up of certified teachers and young adults whose passion is working with youth and sharing their love for life and adventure. Campers are regularly divided into smaller groups to manage group size and allow campers to excel in each activity at their personal skill level and comfort zone. Great care is taken to assure campers are comfortable with each activity while encouraging them to stretch their comfort zone further. Counselors provide individual attention and unique experiences that campers will remember for the rest of their lives!

  • $419/camper/week 
  • Ages 8-10
  • Weekly June 12-August 7, 2023
  • 8:30 – 4:00 M-F, with optional late pick up until 5:00 for $10/day/person
  • American Camp Association accredited
  • Early Bird Discount of $10 off for the first week expires Feb 15, 2023, at midnight. 
  • Multiple Week Discount is available. ($20 off each additional week)
  • Cancellations made 2 weeks prior to camp date will receive a full refund minus a $25 cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations made within 2 weeks of the camp date will receive a 50% refund.
  • Health and Safety protocols in place (see below)

2023 Kolo Bike Park Summer Camp (ages 8-15)

$399/camper/week

At the Kolo Bike Park Summer Camp, campers will ride daily on purpose-built mountain bike trails and skill elements designed for all levels of rider to hone and develop their skills. Kolo Bike Park campers will work with our certified and experienced coaches to build confidence on and off the bike. 

In 2023, we have dedicated our camp program to furthering your camper’s skills and confidence on their bike. We have tightened our coach-to-camper ratios to allow for more focus on camper progression throughout the week. Our camps are the only American Camp Association accredited biking camps in Asheville. We are excited to share our passion with you and your camper this summer!

In addition to mountain biking, campers can expect to go climbing at the Treetops Adventure Park and play games throughout the week. Campers will also go to the Asheville Racquet Club twice a week to go swimming.

This camp is for kids ages 8-15 years who can comfortably ride a two-wheel bicycle off-road. Camper’s bikes should have handlebar brakes- coaster/pedal brakes are not allowed. If you need to rent a bike for the week, we have a full fleet available.

8-year-old campers are allowed in either Kolo Camp or Kiddie Camp. If your camper is a beginner rider or new to Kolo programs please put them in Kolo Kiddie Camp to start with.  If your camper is age 8 and has already attended Kolo Kiddie Camp and is confident in their skills, you may sign them up for regular Kolo Flow Camp if you choose. (The counselors reserve the right to move your child if we feel the other camp would be a better fit. This is all to ensure your camper has the best experience at Kolo camp and is in the most positive learning situation for their skill level. )

  • $399/camper/week  ($499 with rented bike) 
  • Ages 8-15
  • Weekly June 12-August 7, 2023
  • 8:30-4:00 M-F, with optional late pick up until 5:00 for $10/day/person
  • American Camp Association accredited
  • Early Bird Discount of $10 off for the first week expires Feb 15, 2023, at midnight. 
  • Multiple Week Discount is available. ($20 off each additional week)
  • Cancellations made 2 weeks prior to camp date will receive a full refund minus a $25 cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations made within 2 weeks of the camp date will receive a 50% refund.
  • Health and Safety protocols in place (see below)

2023 Kolo Bike Park Summer Kiddie Camp (ages 6-8)

$419/camper/week

Kolo Kiddie Camp is all the fun of our Kolo Flow summer camp, but for the younger shredder.  Experience a week-long day camp focused on easing campers into all the park has to offer and preparing them to attend our Kolo Flow Camp. The day will focus predominantly on bikes and bike skills but with plenty of time off the bike to keep campers engaged. Riders will be chaperoned around the park by our experienced camp counselors and participate in a wide range of activities that help build confidence on and off the bike.  There will be no swim time for this camp. 

Campers MUST be comfortable riding a two-wheeled pedal bike off-road. This camp is not for strider balance bikes or to teach your child to ride 2 wheels.  Helmets are required each day.

8-year-olds are allowed in either camp. If your camper is a beginner rider or new to Kolo programs please put them in Kolo Kiddie Camp to start with. If your camper is 8, has already attended Kolo Kiddie Camp and is confident in their skills, you may sign them up for regular Kolo Flow Camp if you choose. 

(The counselors reserve the right to move your child if we feel the other camp would be a better fit. This is all to ensure your camper has the best experience at Kolo camp and is in the most positive learning situation for their skill level. )

  • $419/camper/week 
  • Ages 6-8
  • Weekly June 12-August 7, 2023
  • 8:30-3:00 M-F
  • American Camp Association accredited
  • Early Bird Discount of $10 off for the first week expires Feb 15, 2023, at midnight. 
  • Multiple Week Discount is available. ($20 off each additional week)
  • Cancellations made 2 weeks prior to camp date will receive a full refund minus a $25 cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations made within 2 weeks of the camp date will receive a 50% refund.
  • Health and Safety protocols in place (see below)

Adventure Center Camps/Clubs

Just 5 minutes from Downtown Asheville

How we are Different

  • Our day camps are American Camp Association accredited which is a peer review process that assures that we follow over 200 standards relating to health and safety, risk management, and quality programming. 
  • Our highly trained activity staff and camp counselors offer personalized immersive learning adventures (high adventure, low ropes team building, bike instruction) all year long to over 25,000 guests.
  • We are all outdoors on over 100 acres!
  • Due to our size, we can offer personalized, age-appropriate small group sessions
  • We are in the business of working with kids!  We host hundreds of students and campers all year round at all of our adventures!  And we are excited to share new skills and experiences with them! 
  • We are a locally-owned family business that has been offering guided adventures for over 50 years! 

Benefits for kids

  • Socialization with peers
  • Get in the fresh air and off screens
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Add the skills we offer to their tool kit
  • Outdoor exercise
  • Immersive, experiential learning
  • Less $ than a babysitter
  • Get the wiggles out

Reports from parents include…

  • “children going to bed early exhausted”
  • “kids jumping up early excited for the next day”
  • “thankful for a place that can offer such great activities” 

Reports from campers include…

  • “Best Day Ever”
  • “ready for the next adventure”
  • “a fun rating of #15 on a 10 point scale.”




Camper Eligibility

The Day Camps at the Adventure Center of Asheville want to create a fun, challenging, and nurturing environment for as many campers as possible! In order to provide the best care possible for our campers, we must address our limitations in our programming, staffing, and facilities. 

In addition to our age requirements for enrollment, all campers must be able to do the following at a developmentally-appropriate level for their age:

  • Communicate needs and concerns verbally with others at a conversational level of English
  • Understand and comply with directions given by staff
  • Refrain from unsafe and/or harmful behaviors toward self and others (including self-harm)
  • Identify and avoid health/safety risks
  • Maneuver rugged terrain and distances up to a quarter-mile
  • Follow a varied individual schedule and manage free time
  • For Kolo Bike Camps, be comfortable riding a pedal bike off-road
  • For Adventure Camp, fit into and keep on properly all high adventure equipment including a helmet, harness, and PFDs
  • Function in a group setting in a positive and cooperative manner that displays tolerance and respect for self and others.

Kolo Bike Camp and Adventure Camp are not therapeutic programs and are not appropriate choices for youth dealing with behavioral, motivational, or rehabilitation issues. If you are unsure if your camper would be suited for our camps, please reach out to our Camp Director (camps@adventurecenterofasheville.com)and we would be happy to talk more about our program and what we can offer.

COVID-19 Precautions

For over twelve years in the fresh mountain air on over 100 acres, we have hosted Adventure and Kolo campers successfully.  The last three summers, campers were required to social distance themselves from each other, wear masks, and change how they stood, sat, and ate together.  The kids accepted new challenges, and adventures and had epic fun!  We are continuing our camps and programs in 2023 for kids to get their wiggles out, learn something fun and have adventures in the outdoors.

To protect all campers, families, and staff, we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure everyone can have a fun, safe and healthy summer! In accordance with guidance from the CDC and NCDHHS, the Adventure Center of Asheville does not have a universal mask requirement for the summer of 2023. Please read over the below practices that we will be following per the most recent guidance:  

  • Asking any campers/staff to wear a mask for at least 10 days after symptom onset or testing positive for COVID-19, or have had exposure to COVID-19.
  • Asking any campers/staff  who are at high risk for severe disease, are unvaccinated or are not up to date on vaccines, wear a mask in indoor settings. 
  • Screening all participants by asking parents/guardians the following questions during sign in-
    • Have you or your camper had close contact with or cared for someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
    •  Have you or your camper experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms in the last 14 days (including a fever over 100.4 Degrees F, new cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, sudden loss of taste/smell)?
    • If campers have tested positive for COVID-19, or have symptoms, they will be asked to leave and will be contacted by their Camp Director to establish next steps.
    • Encouraging all campers and staff to practice good hygiene through frequent hand washing and hand sanitizer.
    • Limiting indoor time and sending campers in small groups to use bathrooms – and instead enjoying the great outdoors!
    • Reviewing expectations daily with campers on best practices at camp.

      About ACA Camps/Afterschool Programs

      For over 50 years, The Greiner family has become a prominent leader in the guided outdoor adventure industry in the Southeastern United States.  Jeff Greiner, the managing owner of the Adventure Center of Asheville, grew up in the outdoor adventure industry with his family. In 1971, Jeff’s parents started the first whitewater rafting business (Wildwater, Ltd.) in the Southeast on the Chattooga River. That small family business has grown into one of the largest and most respected professional outfitters in the United States with five locations and over 20 different adventures to choose from.

      Eleven years ago, the Asheville Summer Camps at the Adventure Center were created to offer the younger generation an option to get outdoors in the summer months.  Our objective is now to offer a wide variety of adventure experiences and active lifestyles while teaching leadership, responsibility, respect for the environment and others, and cooperative skills all year long. No other camp/afterschool program in Western NC offers a wide range of activities and adventures!

      Throughout the year, we offer a variety of well-supervised biking clinics and afterschool options for kids ages 6-15 of every skill level. Activities vary but include fun outdoor adventure activities for your child to experience!

      What Our Camps Guests Are Saying…

      “A friend suggested I sign up my ten-year old for the Kolo Bike Park camp this summer. The kid was already pretty passionate about mountain biking and dirt jumping before, but his experience at Kolo definitely planted the seeds of a lifelong love for riding his bike.  He particularly enjoyed being coached by his camp counselor Kevin, who always found the right words of encouragement and helped him to refine his skills on the trails and on jump lines. Wonderful mentorship into play, and someone for my son to look up to. The staff was also super welcoming and very pro-active in helping us to find a new better bike for him. He will definitely be back to ride there again soon.”

      Axelle F.

      “Awesome place for camps for your kids! My kids have participated in both the adventure camp and kolo bike camp. Counselors are fantastic and encourage your kids to try new things and help them build their skills. We will be back even during the fall for more fun and adventures! We’ve gone for years as a family participating in lots of their activities. What a perfect place to get outdoors and moving especially during this pandemic.”

      April W.

      “As locals, we love having a full bike park just 10 minutes from the house–pump tracks, single trails, skill park and friendly, fantastic staff. Our son goes to camp here all summer, and I ride with him several afternoons a week after work. Definitely consider the annual pass, as the more you know the park, the more you realize it has to offer. “

      Association For Traditional Studies

      “This is an outstanding place with amazing staff! My son signed up for MTB camp this past summer. When we went to get him on the first day we were immediately met with a huge smile and excitement. My son loved this place. It really was like an adventure for him, teaching various skills and they met him at his level and gave him tools to boost his confidence as a rider. He loved the camp so much we signed him up for another session. I can’t say enough about the good things this camp provides! It’s a wonderful place!!”

      Samantha S.

      “My son did 2 sessions with you this summer and loved it so much he’s trying to become a junior counselor.  He really enjoyed being on his bike and especially loved Kevin and all that he learned from him. It was also a great way for him to see his team from ICI in a safe socially distant environment.”

      Kimberly W.

      “My 9 year old enjoyed Kolo bike park camp last week – and he is back this week with his 13 year old sister enjoying Adventure Camp. They are having a blast a rating it a “13” on a scale of 1-10. And kids are honest! Great staff. Safe and social distance friendly. Get outdoors and live life!”

      Jennifer O.

      “The grounds and pump track are beautifully manicured. Staff is very friendly and they host a great camp for kids!”

      Alicia M.

      “Our son has enjoyed two weeks of bike camp at KOLO this summer. Fantastic time with great counselors. He enjoyed it so much, he wants to be a counselor in training next year.”

      Michael L.

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      Keith Bayer
      Keith Bayer
      November 27, 2022.
      Absolutely Awesome!!
      Len Gabel
      Len Gabel
      November 13, 2022.
      This is a great place if you have never zip lined. The guys made it safe and comfortable and lots of fun. Beware the corny jokes.
      Terri Frenia
      Terri Frenia
      November 4, 2022.
      Very nice people, fun time :)
      Ceiara Cartony
      Ceiara Cartony
      October 30, 2022.
      Our favorite time of year, 5th yr experiencing The Haunted Trail -- never to disappoint! Thanks for another awesome year!
      Adam Graham
      Adam Graham
      October 25, 2022.
      So much fun. Definitely worth a visit. The Zipline guides are hilarious and fun.
      Alexis A.
      Alexis A.
      October 25, 2022.
      My son and I went ziplining, we did the short course. Though we were both terrified - it was extremely exhilarating! Brandon and Briggs were awesome instructors, and were also patient with me with each line as I was not able to get the courage to lift my feet to go 😳(I was too scared). Highly recommend visiting!
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      The Adventure Center of Asheville is located adjacent to the Crowne Plaza Resort at 85 Expo Drive in Asheville.

      Take Exit 3A off of I-240 | Off Patton Ave behind Regent Park

      85 Expo Drive
      Asheville, NC 28806

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      +1 (877) 247-5539

      Welcome Center:
      +1 (828) 225-2921

      Email:
      info@adventurecenterofasheville.com

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