French Broad River State Trail

About the trail

The French Broad River State Trail was established in 1978 on the third oldest river in the world. The 117-mile blueway flows north from Rosman, N.C. to the Tennessee border, through Buncombe (including the heart of western North Carolina's largest city, Asheville), Henderson, Madison and Transylvania counties.

Most of the river offers gently flowing water with occasional class I and II rapids. However, only experienced paddlers should attempt the stretch between Barnard and Hot Springs, which has Class III and IV rapids. This section is popular with rafters.

Multiple partner organizations maintain access sites along the length of the blueway. Be sure to contact the partner organizations for up-to-the-minute information about conditions before paddling the French Broad. In addition, the French Broad Riverkeeper can provide valuable information about planning a trip on the river.

Volunteer opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering on the French Broad River State Trail, please contact RiverLink at RiverLink promotes the environmental and economic vitality of the French Broad River and its watershed as a place to live, learn, work and play. You can find current volunteer opportunities on their website.

At a glance



Trail use:  PADDLING

Map of the trail

French Broad River State Trail map