French Broad Float 2015


©Jeff Rich/WNCA SFTB Float 2012


REGISTER: (See form below.)

There’s no better deal around! Leave the shuttle and logistics to others and enjoy the rivers beauty from the water. This guided trip will take participants from the headwaters on French Broad River over 115 miles into Tennessee, camping out along the French Broad River Paddle Trail℠.

This year, there are several options to choose from based on what works for you. [Get full FAQ and itinerary info here.]

  • $400 for 5 days, May 30-June 3 (Saturday-Wednesday) 
  • $175 for the first two days of the five-day trip, May 30-31 (Saturday-Sunday)
  • $275 for the three-day trip July 12-14 (Sunday-Tuesday)

MountainTrue members get a $25 discount for the five-day and three-day trip. Waterkeeper Alliance members will receive a $15 discount. To become a member of MountainTrue, click here.

If requested, registration fees will be refunded to all paddlers who generate more than their registration fee in paddle-a-thon pledges for the week.

Great prizes valued at more than $2,500 will be awarded to participants who raise the most paddle-a-thon donations. Last year’s prizes included two Watershed Dry Bags, rafting trips, and much more. This year’s prizes will be equally awesome!

Click here to read more about how you can participate in the paddle-a-thon to Save the French Broad River.

Food and drink:
All meals will be provided for the entire trip, except for dinner out in Brevard, Marshall and Hot Springs. Free Oskar Blues Beer will be provided for registered participants after each day of paddling. Participants are welcome to bring other food and drink options that can be transported by van to each camping location. Expect hearty fare for dinner each night with vegetarian options. Sack lunches include sandwiches (make your own each day) chips, fruit, and desert. Breakfast will be a mix of hearty and light choices, such as bagels, oatmeal, pancakes, eggs, or yogurt and granola.

There will be no refunds after May 16 for the five-day trip and June 30 for the three-day trip.

Once You Have Registered

  1. You will receive via e-mail (unless regular mail is requested) a liability waiver form, information about shuttle services, equipment information, paddle-a-thon forms, and other essential information.
  2. Check out the full trip itinerary here.
  3. Start raising money for paddle-a-thon. Get started by visiting First Giving ( Donate to a friend or create your own fundraising goal to win prizes and free trip down the river

Save the French Broad Policies: For your safety and the safety of others. 1. Participants must adhere to the safety guidelines presented.2. Participants must wear a properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device at all times on the river.3. Participants under age 18 are the responsibility of, and must be accompanied by, a parent or guardian. 4. All participants must sign a Medical and Emergency Contact Information sheet and a Waiver of Claims and Release of Liability form. Parents must sign for children under the age of 18. (These forms will be sent in the info. packet.)5. Person-powered watercraft only.6. All participants must respect private property along the river.7. Beginners are welcome, but all participants must be capable of self-rescue in the water. 

Include any important information about your schedule. If you cannot meet the group in the morning of your first day, please indicate this so alternative arrangements can be made to meet up with the group.

If you prefer, you may print out this completed form and send it with a check to

29 North Market St.,
Suite 610
Asheville, NC 28801

The French Broad River Paddle Trail℠ is proudly sponsored

by our friends at Oskar Blues Brewery.