French Broad River Adventures
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MountainTrue and our French Broad Riverkeeper gives you two great ways to explore the French Broad River – named #11 in Outdoor magazine’s list of best trips for 2016.
You can do the trip as section paddles or join us for a four-day guided trip down the French Broad River from the source of the river into Tennessee, camping out along the French Broad River Paddle Trail℠ — a recreational watercraft trail created and operated by MountainTrue and Riverlink (proudly sponsored by Oskar Blues Brewery).
4-Day French Broad Paddle Trip
Join us for our four-day paddle, camp & brewery trip. You take care of the paddling; we’ll take care of everything else.
French Broad Section Challenge
Don’t have two weeks to take off? Do the whole French Broad from the headwaters to Douglas Lake in a series of day-paddles.
French Broad Riverkeeper Paddle Trip
July 12 – 15, join us for a four-day float
Now is the time to start planning your French Broad River adventure! Every year, MountainTrue and our French Broad Riverkeeper take participants on a guided trip down the French Broad River, camping out along the French Broad River Paddle Trail℠ (proudly sponsored by Oskar Blues Brewery). Leave the shuttle and logistics to us and enjoy the river’s beauty from the water!
We take care of all the logistics and camp sites so you can enjoy this beautiful river with some of the top craft breweries in the entire world along the way. We’ll put in at Hap Simpson River Park and take out in time to hit Oskar Blues. We’ll float down to Sierra Nevada from there, and then hit New Belgium once we get into Asheville. It’s our very own Brew Paddle. We’ll also highlight the work of the Riverkeeper program and take water samples, but we’ll be sure to leave enough time for cornhole and s’mores at the campsites.
This trip features some of the most stunning scenery in the region, and we’ll highlight and take water quality samples in an effort to understand the threats to the French Broad River. Camping has been arranged for each night of the trip, providing an exciting opportunity to paddle-camp along the banks of the river every night of your journey. Great hearty food will be provided for each meal. Breakfast will range from pancakes, bacon and eggs, yogurt, fruit, and bagels. Lunch will be made in the morning and eaten on the river. Dinner will range from pasta, to dinner out at local eateries, to pizza.
French Broad Section Challenge
April 9 – October 22
Have you ever wanted to see the entire French Broad River, but taking 2 weeks off and all the logistics behind that kind of expedition seemed daunting? We are now offering a way to see the River from the headwaters to Douglas Lake in a series of day-paddles. We’ve sectioned the river into manageable distances that, over the course of a few months, will allow you to see the entire river. We’ll see farms, wildlife, portage dams, run rapids, and experience everything the river has to offer. You can sign up for the the entire river or just a day. Bring your own boat, or we have flatwater boats and gear that you can rent for $10.
Day 1: April 9 – Headwaters to Island Ford: Easy, flat-water paddling
Day 2: April 23 – Island Ford to Pisgah Access: Easy, flat-water paddling
Day 3: May 14 – Pisgah to Pleasant Grove Rd: Easy, flat-water paddling
Day 4: May 28 – Pleasant Grove Rd. to Westfeldt: Easy, flat-water paddling
Day 5: June 11 – Westfeldt to Bent Creek: Easy, flat-water paddling
Day 6: June 25 – Bent Creek to Bywater: Moderate, flat-water paddling
Day 7: July 16 – Bywater to Ledges: MSD dam portage, moderate, class II/III rapids
Day 8: July 30 – Ledges to Blanhasset Island: Marshall Dam portage/class II rapids
Day 9: August 13 – Blanhasset Island to Barnard: Redmond Dam portage/easy class II rapid
Day 10: August 27 – Barnard to Hot Springs – This is a class III/IV stretch of river. For any beginner/intermediate paddler, the NOC will be guiding rafts and/or providing duckies for this section of the paddle. We will email you the cost as these details get finalized.
Day 11: September 10 – Hot Springs to Paint Rock: Moderate, class II rapids
Day 12: September 24 – Paint Rock to Del Rio: Moderate, class II/III rapids
Day 13: October 8 – Del Rio to 25/70: Moderate, class II/III rapids
Day 14: October 22 – 25/70 to Rankin Access: easy ripples/rapids