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North Carolina whitewater, French Broad River

Transylvania Henderson Buncombe Madison county, North Carolina Route 251 to Route 1634 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     6.5 miles
  The scenic beauty of Transylvania/ Henderson/ Buncombe/ Madison County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people from near and far. If you're coming from Asheville it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the North Carolina Route 251 to Route 1634 section
    is just one of many. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers in this state are less demanding. For all you camping
people there are campgrounds nearby. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The river winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains and you get great scenery. The North Carolina Route 251 to Route 1634 section of French Broad River is 6.5 miles long and has been rated as a class I-III section by American Whitewater. Getting some good exercise and spending  
some quality time in nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. This stretch has has enough mileage, it's good length for a morning trip.

Briefly about the general area:
Have a tremendous hiking adventure along the Side Hill Trail, and this is a popular location for folks from Alexander. And that's not everything there is to do here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Blue Ridge Parkway is a very nice location to pop by next to French Broad River, and Pisgah National Forest is both good and beautiful.

French Broad River, North Carolina Route 251 to Route 1634 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near French Broad River.
 Whitewater Near French Broad River:
French Broad River, Transylvania/ Henderson/ Buncombe/ Madison County, 2 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.5 miles long (North Carolina Route 251 to Route 1634)
Whitewater Outfitter - Explore Biltmore Outdoor Center, Buncombe County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Walnut Creek, Madison County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 4 miles long (US 25/70 to Barnard)
Brush Creek, Madison County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (to French Broad River)
French Broad River, Transylvania/ Henderson/ Buncombe/ Madison County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8.1 miles long (Barnard to Hot Springs)
Swannanoa River, Buncombe County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.6 miles long (Main Bridge In Swannanoa to Azalea)
Whitewater Outfitter - Mountain Adventure Guides, Madison County, 15 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Big Laurel Creek, Madison County, 17 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Hurricane to Hot Springs)
French Broad, Cocke County, 19 miles away
      Class I-III - 18 miles long (Hot Springs to Highway 107 at Del Rio)
Whitewater Outfitter - HUCK Finn Adventures, Madison County, 19 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near French Broad River:
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 17 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 34 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 58 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 58 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 60 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 61 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 65 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 65 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 71 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near French Broad River:
Days Inn Asheville North, Asheville , 3 miles away
Crowne Plaza Resort ASHEVILLE, Asheville , 5 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Asheville Westgate, NC, Asheville , 5 miles away
The Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville , 6 miles away
Hyatt Place Asheville/Downtown, Asheville , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near French Broad River:
French Broad River Campground, Asheville, 0 miles away
Campfire Lodgings, Asheville, 4 miles away
Wilson's Riverfront RV Park, Asheville, 6 miles away
 Trails Near French Broad River:
Side Hill Trail, Buncombe , 11 miles away
Shut-In Trail, Buncombe , 13 miles away
Laurel Mountain Trail, Henderson , 16 miles away
Pilot Rock Trail, Transylvania , 18 miles away
Thompson Ridge Trail, Transylvania , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near French Broad River:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 6 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 62 miles away
Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina , 9 miles away
Mount Mitchell State Park, North Carolina , 24 miles away
Caesars Head State Park, South Carolina , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near French Broad River:
Country Club Of Asheville, Asheville , 4 miles away
Municipal Golf Course, Asheville , 6 miles away
Reems Creek Golf Club, Weaverville , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near French Broad River
Beaver Lake, Buncombe , 4 miles away
Enka Lake, Buncombe , 8 miles away
Lake Powhatan, Buncombe , 11 miles away

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