French Broad Riverkeeper Float

August 1-3, you take care of the paddling. We’ll take care of everything else.


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Our annual French Broad Float is back! Every year, MountainTrue and our French Broad Riverkeeper guide participants on an incredible trip down a 45-mile stretch of the French Broad River, creating powerful memories of camping under the stars on the French Broad River Paddle Trail (proudly sponsored by Oskar Blues, Sierra Nevada, and New Belgium Breweries) and exploring what can feel like uncharted territory right in our own backyards. Leave the hustle behind and for a few days experience the joys of river travel while having your meals provided, your campfire built and your gear transported for you to your next campsite.

In 2016, Outside Magazine ranked our French Broad Float the 11th best trip in the entire world, and we have the expertise you need to enjoy world-class paddling while visiting world-class breweries along the way. The dates for 2018 are August 1-3, and the plan is to launch our canoes near Brevard, NC, enjoy stops at Oskar Blues, Sierra Nevada, and finish the trip in downtown Asheville at New Belgium. We’ll highlight the work of the Riverkeeper program to keep our waterways clean in WNC, and still have plenty of time for cornhole and s’mores.

Camping has been arranged for each night of the trip, including a rare and exclusive opportunity to camp on Sierra Nevada’s riverfront property! Attendees will feast on three gourmet, locally and ethically sourced meals each day, and a dinner at Sierra Nevada’s fabulous Mills River Taphouse on the night of August 2. We’ll provide tandem canoes, paddles and personal flotation devices, or you’re welcome to bring your own gear if you’d like.

We look forward to seeing you on the water!

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