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French Broad section 9 whitewater paddle (round two)

This is a trip designed for folks who might not be able to make the first French Broad trip listed, or for people who just want to paddle down a exceptional river again!

Knoxville, Tennessee and Asheville, North Carolina are extremely lucky to have exceptional whitewater rivers in their backyards. There is perhaps no better river to include in the category than the French Broad River, especially section 9. The French Broad River begins near the South Carolina border, near Brevard, North Carolina. It flows all the way, through Asheville, to form the mighty Tennessee River in Knoxville, Tennessee. It gets its name from the European empires that once owned vast amounts of modern American land. The British owned east of the Appalachian Mountains and the French owned to the west. The river is called "French Broad" because it is very wide for a mountain stream and that it flows (or flowed) into French territory before 1763. The river is "free-flowing" meaning that there is no water diversion due to a dam upstream. The drainage basin is huge, so it is always runnable, 12 months a year. The water is warmer than others rivers such as the Hiwassee and Nantahala because it doesn't come from the bottom of a deep lake and the sun warms the French Broad River water along its course to Knoxville.

The French Broad River, especially section 9, is truly beautiful. Depending on the flow level, there may be huge, house sized round boulders, warm sandy river beaches, green plants blooming along the shoreline, and mountain peaks in the distance. This is the best river in the region for "all-around" whitewater! It is a great place to practice your "combat" rolls, surfing a wave, or performing eddy-turns and peel-outs into the current--all with relativity minor consequences. The river section is just under a 2 hour drive from Knoxville. The rapids are generally (unless the flow is really, really high) class II-III with an occasional class III+ mixed in. There are moving pools in between the rapids to collect gear and swimmers if need be. This river is a step up from the Nantahala. It is recommended that you be comfy on the Nantahala River before you embark on your journey down section 9 of the French Broad River.

There are no outfitters on this stretch (except guided rafts). You MUST have your own boat and gear! This includes:

*whitewater kayak, canoe, or inflatable (no keel, sprayskirt if applicable, heavy duty, easy escape if need be, under 12' long)
*whitewater helmet (no bike or construction helmets)
*a PFD or "life jacket" (must be in decent shape and fit properly, U.S. Coast Guard approved)
*a paddle (your best friend while on the river...)
*river shoes that stay on your feet
*towel, change of clothes
*flotation for your kayak and canoe (in case of a swim...and recovery)!!

There are changing rooms and restrooms at the put-in (launch site) and near the takeout. 

We are running a stretch from "Barnard to Hot Springs" I will post a link to the river description from American Whitewater.

http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/1074

Please feel free to ask any questions you might have about the trip! Again, this is a second trip on the French Broad for people who missed the first or want to run it again!

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  • Jerry

    Does anybody care if i put some video up of everybody kayaking down the ledges on youtube.

    1 · May 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      please do... but none of josh... he didn't look his best that day!

      1 · May 13, 2014

    • Jerry

      1 · May 13, 2014

  • Ginger

    Another excellent run! You guys are awesome!

    3 · May 11, 2014

  • Jerry

    Had a blast thanks to all for a fun time i just uploaded some pics

    2 · May 11, 2014

    • Ginger

      Great pics Jerry! Thanks

      2 · May 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    love this river! great runs and no swims @ ledge! way to rock it fellas, and lady!

    3 · May 11, 2014

  • Ben

    Matthew and Phil we waited for you for a bit. You can reach me[masked] benny

    May 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Im on my way be there in 20 minutes

    May 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Forest, call me when you hit Newport, I'll come meet you guys.

    May 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Forrest are we not taking out where we did this last trip? I'd hate to miss Kayakers Ledge.

    2 · May 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      My guess is that the level will be around 1,800 on Saturday...a near perfect level.

      1 · May 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sweet

      May 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm with Josh, if the flow stays good go to hot springs. I can haul the boats again. Plus I have made a cover to double it as a changing room! If we divide the gas for 8 it ends up around $7.00 per boat round trip, a little more if less show up. so we will only need to take 2 vehicles.

    2 · May 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      We'll go to Hot Springs for the entire 8 mile trip. We will run all the big rapids and be able to see them at a different level than before. We will be able to run the class III/IV rapid near the trestle called "Frank Bells".

      1 · May 7, 2014

  • Beth

    Have a great time, Forrest...I'll be working back up to the Nanty this summer.

    1 · December 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It takes time, but you'll get there. The Nanty is a great river. It will always be one of my favorites!

      December 29, 2013

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