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Primitive Outback

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“gem mining”(11 reviews)
“kayak trip”(2 reviews)
We offer Kayaking and Gem Mining on the Little Tennessee River in the Great Smokey Mountains in North Carolina. Come and see nature at her best as the river takes you through the mountains and pasture lands. Our beautiful scenic trips are...more
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155 Robin Lynn Ln, Otto, NC 28763-8715
+1 828-349-1717
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to go mining. Off the beaten path a little but worth it. Great for kids. We were the only ones there and the owner did a great job explaining all the rocks and entertaining the kids. We would have considered kayaking also if...More

Thank Aglb
Reviewed 6 August 2018

At first, we were a little skeptical as this place sits off the road a little bit and is very small (compared to most gem mines in the area) Turns out, this place is awesome!!! Can't remember their names but the mother and son that...More

Thank repoocsirhc
Teri H, Owner at Primitive Outback, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2018

Thank you! We are so glad you had a great time. Look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

So glad we found this place. What a wonderful place for first time kayaking. My husband and I who had never kayaked went with our daughter, her husband and 2 teen girls; they were experienced. Beautiful scenery and very relaxing. Check this out for a...More

Thank Donna H
Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile

We were so glad that we found this place! We had a great time kayaking the river with 3 adults and 2 teens. The river was so peaceful and the staff are amazing! We look forward to coming back soon!

Thank Imthgirl
Teri H, Owner at Primitive Outback, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2018

Thank you so much! We are so glad you & your family had a great time. We look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed 5 May 2018

We went with our own kayak. They were very helpful with launching the kayak and directions for the trip. The actual trip down the river was easy paddling and interesting as many obstacles to avoid!

Thank Debbie C
Reviewed 20 September 2017

Great people and amazing place to experience!! Very friendly, very peaceful area, gorgeous views. Find very nice gems and stones here!!

Thank hall31548
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

First time gem mining, great experience, Eric was the Best! Took time to describe each stone with great knowledge. The Best in customer service. Next time going kayaking!

Thank Eric E
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

We had a great time with our twin boys gem mining here @ Primitive Outback. It was such much fun! The family is so sweet & took up so much time teaching the kids about each type of gem they were finding. We can't wait...More

Thank culpepper3309
Reviewed 31 July 2017

The owner was very friendly and helpful. Very obliging, getting our heavy canoe to the water and making sure we were safely in it. He provided good information on the river and what to expect. It has several pretty, natural sections, and some section through...More

Thank OhOui101050
Reviewed 28 July 2017

We are third time return visitors. The owners are excellent teachers and know their gems. Fun experience for our five grandchildren. It's a little back yard property operation but that is what "Primitive Outback" is all about..... nothing fancy. Loved it!!

Thank AnneandTate
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15 April 2018|
Response from Teri H |
Thank you for your inquiry. Yes we rent kayaks for our river trips. We have singles & a couple double kayaks. We also offer a guided tour for an extra fee. Where you arrive at is where you launch from & we transport you back... More