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Tennessee whitewater, French Broad

Cocke county, Hot Springs to Highway 107 at Del Rio section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     18 miles
  The starting point is not too far from Newport, as you can see on the road map further down. The wonderful Cocke County scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have
    reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. You can enjoy this section more if you take your time, so pack your camping stuff. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good rivers for that
around here. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. This stretch of French Broad is 18 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-III section. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. The river winds through the  
Great Smoky Mountains and you get great scenery. The campgrounds here at French Broad are pretty good.

Briefly about the general area:
Hiking along the Meadow Creek Mountain Trail is perfect fun, and a journey to French Broad wouldn't be complete without taking a look at Sulphur Spring. Having a good time in the Great Smoky Mountains is easy. Have a good hiking adventure along the Gum Springs Trail, and French Broad is a location with many visitors from Del Rio. This river is a great place to visit. If you're here, you might as well take a look at Peach Orchard Gap; a short trip to Sulphur Spring is always worthwhile.

French Broad, Hot Springs to Highway 107 at Del Rio 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.
 Whitewater Near French Broad:
French Broad, Cocke County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 8.5 miles long (Del Rio to Bridgeport Market)
Cold Springs Creek, Haywood County, 8 miles away
      Class IV - 2.5 miles long (to Harmen Den)
Spring Creek, Madison County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 7 miles long (Route 1171 to Hot Springs)
Hurricane Creek, Haywood County, 10 miles away
      Class -blank- - 4.3 miles long (SR 1336 to Pigeon River)
Whitewater Outfitter - HUCK Finn Adventures, Madison County, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
French Broad, Cocke County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 18 miles long (Hot Springs to Highway 107 at Del Rio)
Whitewater Outfitter - Pigeon River Officer, Cocke County, 12 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Pigeon River, Cocke County, 12 miles away
      Class III+ - 4.66 miles long (Big Creek to Hartford)
Pigeon River, Cocke County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.2 miles long (Walter's Power Plant at Waterville to Bridge at Hartford)
Big Creek, Haywood County, 13 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (NPS Campground to Confluence with Big Pigeon)
 Ski Areas Near French Broad:
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 21 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 32 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 42 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 56 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 59 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 77 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 78 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 80 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 92 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near French Broad:
Christopher Place, An Intimat, Newport , 15 miles away
Knights Inn Newport, Newport , 16 miles away
Hampton Inn Newport, Newport , 16 miles away
Quality Inn Newport, Newport , 16 miles away
Best Western Newport Inn, Newport , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near French Broad:
Houston Valley Campground, Cocke County, 3 miles away
Round Mountain Campground, Cocke County, 4 miles away
Walnut Mt Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Hot Springs, 5 miles away
 Trails Near French Broad:
Meadow Creek Mountain Trail, Cocke , 4 miles away
Gum Springs Trail, Cocke , 4 miles away
Paint Mountain Trail, Cocke , 4 miles away
Walnut Mountain Trail, Cocke , 4 miles away
Tweed Trail, Cocke , 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near French Broad:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 33 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 39 miles away
Davy Crockett Birthplace State, Tennessee , 29 miles away
Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina , 33 miles away
Panther Creek State Park, Tennessee , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near French Broad:
River Trace Golf Club, Greeneville , 12 miles away
Kinser Park Golf Course, Greeneville , 14 miles away
Andrew Johnson Golf Club, Greeneville , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near French Broad
Waterville Lake, Haywood , 13 miles away
Kidwell Pond, Greene , 20 miles away

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