The Paddle Trail Map

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Utilize this map to plan your trip down the French Broad River Paddle Trail and your enhance your experience in Western North Carolina and the French Broad River Watershed.  We have designed this map as a “one stop” shop to showcase unique local businesses in Transylvania, Henderson, Buncombe, and Madison Counties that compliment the French Broad River Paddle Trail.   This map includes locally owned businesses that are uniquely WNC and promote sustainable economic development initiatives developed in the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan, focusing on health and wellness, the local art culture, history, and recreation in all its forms, from manufacturing to retail.

If you wish to be considered for inclusion in our map please submit the application form and describe what your local and unique offerings are that will compliment the French Broad River Paddle Trail and facilitate enjoyment and safety for visitors and residents to our watershed.  This is the initial application form; additional information may be requested prior to submission and placement on the map.

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 The French Broad River Paddle Trail

The French Broad Paddle Trail is a recreational water craft trail from the Headwaters of the French Broad River in Rosman, North Carolina that winds 117 miles to the state line where it connects the Tennessee French Broad River Blueway.  There are campsites approximately every 8-10 miles on the banks of the river along the trail, available for public use. There are a variety of lodging, restaurants, trails, and other visitor opportunities along the way.

 

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The Paddle Trail Map

Go to the Paddle Trail Map Our NEW Paddle Trail Map is streaming! No need for downloads or updates! Utilize this map to plan your trip dow[...]

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FAQ

What resources are there to help me plan my trip? We have developed paddle trail map to assist in your trip planning, which includes criti[...]

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Rules & Regulations

North Carolina Boating Rules: All recreational vessels must have one Type I, II or III PFD of a suitable size for each person aboard. In ad[...]

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Suggested Trips

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Get To Know Your Watershed

Know your Watershed The French Broad River is the third (3rd) oldest river in the world. The river is even older than the mountains it runs [...]

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