Planning a trip along the French Broad River? Whether you're exploring the Upper or Lower French Broad, our travel guides can help you plan!
The March 2010 issue of Our State featured stories on North Carolina Rivers, including Western North Carolina’s French Broad. Whether your travels take you to the calm, upper end of the French Broad for a canoe or kayak trip, or to the lower end for a wilder whitewater ride, our Travel Guides can help you plan. The guides include suggestions for where to stay, where to eat, and off-the-river things to do.
The Lower French Broad
The mild French Broad becomes the river wild as it gathers speed and strength on an eight-mile whitewater dash to Hot Springs. Here, river-goers revel in kayaking and rafting in Class I-IV rapids, Appalachian Trail hiking, mountain scenery in the Pisgah National Forest, and soaking in hot mineral water baths.
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The Upper French Broad
Asheville’s river runs through it, as the French Broad brushes by the Biltmore House, nurtures the River Arts District, and helps define the personality of the largest city in Western North Carolina. The revival of the river from its once-degraded state has paralleled a renaissance of arts along Asheville’s industrialized east riverbank.
To download the full travel guide to view and print, click the image or Upper French Broad Travel Guide