There is no better way to get outdoors in the springtime than paddling an amazing river! We'll get together and paddle section 9 of the French Broad river. This section is located in Western North Carolina near the town of Hot Springs. It is roughly a 2 hour drive from Knoxville. The river is free flowing, meaning that the flow depends on rainfall in the drainage basin (no dam upstream). However, the drainage basin for the French Broad River is huge, and therefore it is always runnable-12 months a year. The setting of this river is beautiful. Pretty, in a wide forested canyon with occasional signs of development. There is only a railroad track on the shore, no highway or power lines. Huge boulders and natural sand bars are scattered throughout the river channel and shore. This is one of this regions best intermediate whitewater rivers!
The French Broad begins in North Carolina near the South Carolina border. Flowing northward through Asheville, it enters its gorge and most famous whitewater section...section 9. After section 9, the river flows into Tennessee and is impounded by Douglas Dam, forming a large TVA lake. After Douglas lake, the river flows into Knoxville, TN where it meets the Holston River to form the Tennessee River, then flowing 652 miles before entering the Ohio River and then the Mississippi River before emptying into the Gulf of Mexico. You won't be thinking about that when you navigate through the waves, rocks, and shoals of this mountain section of scenic river. This river is a great place to practice combat rolls, surfing, ferrying, and shredding a wave. A picnic lunch is always recommended as the natural beauty and numerous rock outcroppings invite you to rest while your feet warm up in the river sand.
The French Broad River is an American Heritage river. Its importance to the region from ancient times through the colonial era to the present day is unmatched, not to mention its superb whitewater qualities.
The river is a very wide, meaning that it is great for people ready to step it up to intermediate whitewater. There are many lines and generally deep current with relativity safe consequences if one decides to "swim" or flip their boat over.
Please ask any questions that you may have about this river or trip. It is better for everyone to have a general idea of what they are about to do.
*a river boat (whitewater or made for moving current)
*a whitewater helmet (no bike or construction helmets)
*a paddle (your best friend while on the river)
* PFD or life jacket (must be coast guard approved and fit properly)!!
*river shoes (must stay on your feet)
*river attire (no cotton, and proper river clothes)
*swimming ability (must be able to swim if need be)!!
*change of clothes
* sprayskirt (for whitewater kayaks only)
*lunch and drinks (like water or gatorade)
This should be a really fun trip! This river is so close to Knoxville and it is truly a national treasure. Not only is it a really fun intermediate whitewater river, but it is a really scenic, historic river!
*whitewater canoe (no keel)
*sit on top kayak (under 12' long and no keel)
*inflatable kayak (medium to heavy duty)
SEE YOU ON THE RIVER!!!