River Access

The City of Eden and the Eden River Development Committee have worked very hard over the past several years to locate and develop river access sites in Eden. These sites have been built to benefit our citizens and to help promote tourism around the two wonderful rivers that run through the city.

River Outfitters

Open seven days a week all year round, just like the rivers your guides will help you explore. Canoe and kayak rentals are available as well as boat and equipment sales, river camping, boating, and equipment sales and service.

Canoe & Kayak Dealers

Three River Outfitters is your one-stop-shop for new and used kayaks, canoes, paddles, gear, clothing, books, maps and more.



Safety on the Rivers

Our rivers are a source of recreation, a serene getaway, and a valuable life source. The best way to enjoy them is safely and with respect. It’s each and every visitor’s duty to learn the rules of the river, safety standards and natural preservation practices.


Our rivers are teeming with fish, otters, birds and more! Learn about all the species our rivers are home to, and see how many you can spot on your next trip.

Dan & Smith River Facts

Did you know The Dan River is about 200 miles long and 200 million years old? Get all the stats and amazing information on the two rivers that surround Eden.

Covered Bridge Pier

First created in 1832, the pier is a longstanding landmark of our town. Learn about its history and where you can find it along the Dan River.


Take a step back into the 1800s when you board a historic flat-bottomed batteau boat and traverse down the Dan River.

Smith River Greenway

Find peace and tranquility on the 1.7-mile wooded path that runs along the Smith River. The trail is smooth, perfect for walkers, runners, bikers and hikers.

birding trail

The slowly rolling Dan River is ideal for wildlife and birding enthusiasts alike. In the spring and summer, you’ll spot a variety of birds including the Eastern Wood-Pewee, Hooded Warbler, Summer Tanager, Barred Owl, Belted Kingfisher, and Red-Shouldered or Red-tailed Hawks.