Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the Blue Ridge Snorkel Trail?

The Blue Ridge Snorkel Trail is an innovative education project that will link together a set of publicly accessible river sites where people can safely snorkel to experience the underwater world of streams and rivers of western North Carolina and beyond.  Each site has an educational sign, which provides safety information, a description of notable species at the site, and other information about the trail. 

Is it free?

The Blue Ridge Snorkel Trail is free. All of the sites are located at public access locations associated with rivers. Most of the sites are located at city/county parks. All that is required is a snorkel and mask to enjoy the snorkel trail sites.

What equipment do I need?

Minimum needed to enjoy the snorkel trail is a snorkel and mask
Optional: Wetsuits can add warmth in cool water and extend your snorkeling experience at a site.

Where can I rent gear?

Local dive shops and river outfitters often have equipment for rent or sale. Snorkel’s can be purchased online and at most sporting goods stores.
A list of businesses that rent or sell wetsuits, snorkels, and masks will be added to the website in early May.

Are there river snorkeling guides we can hire?

WNC companies with guide services, gear rentals, etc.

Mountains to Seas Adventures – Guide services and gear rental

Oxbow River Snorkeling – Guided river snorkeling trips

When will the sites open?

All 10 sites from 2023 are open. New sites for 2024 will open throughout the summer.

Will there be kick-off events?

2024 kick-off events will be the responsibility of site hosts. Kick-off event dates will be added to the website as they are scheduled.

When is the best time to snorkel?

The best time to snorkel is during the summer and when water is clear. Clear water is the safest water.