French Broad River Paddle Trail℠

The French Broad River Paddle Trail℠ project was born out of the public’s desire to explore the entire French Broad River by boat. Now it is possible to do so, as the entire trail is composed of paddle-in-only campsites.

The French Broad River Paddle Trail is a recreational watercraft trail created and operated by MountainTrue and RiverLink.  The paddle trail facilitates the public access to and camping on over 140 miles of the French Broad River, from the headwaters in Rosman, North Carolina to Douglas Lake in Tennessee.

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Campsites are available now! Make your reservations HERE.

Sign up for either 2016 French Broad Paddle or the French Broad Section Challenge HERE.

The Trail:

  • Establishes a world class, paddle-in-only trail on over 140 miles of the French Broad River
  • Stretches from the headwaters in Rosman, North Carolina to Douglas Lake, Tennessee
  • Adds six additional campsites, one every 12-15 miles, on land leased from private landowners and the state of North Carolina

Economic Benefits:

  • A 2001 economic impact study of eastern North Carolina indicated the coastal plain water trail system produced a significant $103.9 million for the local economy.
  • A destination paddler on a multi-day paddle trip will spend about $88/day in local communities on food, lodging (including camping & cabins), retail sales, and recreation services.

Improved River Stewardship:

  • Paddlers want unpolluted waterways.
  • Paddle trails in other communities have increased the public’s desire to improve their river.