Hey, I’m looking for people who enjoy kayaking the New River (NC mts.) and the Yadkin. Need a trip soon!
You might want to consider joining a paddling club. There are a number in North Carolina but the largest is the Carolina Canoe Club. They have trips on both flatwater and whitewater as well as instructional events. Right now, most of them are going to be over at Bryson City, NC for their annual Week of Rivers event.