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North Carolina whitewater, French Broad River

Transylvania Henderson Buncombe Madison county, Barnard to Hot Springs section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     8.1 miles
  This section of French Broad River in North Carolina is 8.1 miles long and is a class III-IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in North Carolina tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less demanding. This stretch is mid length, you can easily run it on an afternoon. No matter if you're whitewater
    rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The starting location
is a short drive from Greeneville, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The Great Smoky Mountains scenery is wonderful. The Barnard to Hot Springs stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. The nature scenery of Transylvania/ Henderson/ Buncombe/ Madison County and the playfulness of the water have people coming here. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river  
if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.

Briefly about the general area:
If the weather is splendid here at French Broad River, you can go for a hike along the Paint Creek Trail, and you're sure to encounter some great people from Marshall here. Just can't get enough of the Great Smoky Mountains. While you're here at French Broad River you can take a hike along the Little Paint Creek Trail, and a delightful spot is Windy Gap. This river is a great place to visit. French Broad River is a wet location that gets lots of precipitation.

French Broad River, Barnard to Hot Springs 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, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8.1 miles long (Barnard to Hot Springs)
French Broad, Cocke County, 3 miles away
      Class I-III - 18 miles long (Hot Springs to Highway 107 at Del Rio)
Whitewater Outfitter - HUCK Finn Adventures, Madison County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Big Laurel Creek, Madison County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Hurricane to Hot Springs)
Whitewater Outfitter - Mountain Adventure Guides, Madison County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Spring Creek, Madison County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 7 miles long (Route 1171 to Hot Springs)
Brush Creek, Madison County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (to French Broad River)
Walnut Creek, Madison County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 4 miles long (US 25/70 to Barnard)
Cold Springs Creek, Haywood County, 15 miles away
      Class IV - 2.5 miles long (to Harmen Den)
Hurricane Creek, Haywood County, 15 miles away
      Class -blank- - 4.3 miles long (SR 1336 to Pigeon River)
 Ski Areas Near French Broad River:
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 20 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 27 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 54 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 60 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 64 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 65 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 66 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 68 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 80 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near French Broad River:
Knollwood, Marshall , 8 miles away
General Morgan Inn, Greeneville , 17 miles away
Econo Lodge Greeneville, Greeneville , 17 miles away
Andrew Johnson Inn, Greeneville , 17 miles away
Days Inn Greeneville, Greeneville , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near French Broad River:
Silvermine Group, Hot Springs, 2 miles away
Hot Springs Resort and Spa, Hot Springs, 3 miles away
Rocky Bluff, Hot Springs, 4 miles away
 Trails Near French Broad River:
Little Paint Creek Trail, Greene , 5 miles away
Paint Creek Trail, Greene , 6 miles away
Pounding Mill Trail, Madison , 8 miles away
Dixon Trail, Greene , 9 miles away
Greene Mountain Trail, Greene , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near French Broad River:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 22 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 51 miles away
Davy Crockett Birthplace State, Tennessee , 22 miles away
Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina , 23 miles away
Mount Mitchell State Park, North Carolina , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near French Broad River:
Kinser Park Golf Course, Greeneville , 13 miles away
River Trace Golf Club, Greeneville , 13 miles away
Andrew Johnson Golf Club, Greeneville , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near French Broad River
Kidwell Pond, Greene , 19 miles away

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