Looking for an exciting summer adventure? French Broad River Rafting is hard to beat. Our guide to whitewater rafting and paddling features all the info you need to know about what to expect on a French Broad River Rafting trip and can help get you prepared for a thrilling and relaxing summer adventure that’s fun for the whole family.
Section 9 of the French Broad River features some of the most fun and exciting rapids of the entire 170-mile-long river. The combination of action-packed rapids and great scenery is hard to beat. The big wave of the Class III Big Pillow Rapid provides a good introduction to the rapids and long wave trains that lie ahead on this scenic journey through the French Broad River Gorge. Paddlers can stop at Jump Rock for a 10-foot plunge into a nice, deep pool before heading downstream for more rapids. Characteristic diagonal ledges create long and engaging routes through rapids like The Maze, Ledges, Pit Stop, and the infamous class IV Frank Bell’s Rapid. Part of the 8+ mile section of river includes some very beautiful scenery through a stretch of Pisgah National Forest. Total time on the water for the a full day guided trip can range from 3-5 hours, depending on the size of the group, and water level.
The French Broad River offers all of the aspects that make for a great day on the river. The water is warm and the huge boulders and rugged terrain create a spectacular backdrop. The rapids are definitely big enough to satisfy the adventure side of paddling, but they are also playful: fun without being too difficult. The river has a lot of deep pools that are great for swimming and the plentiful beaches make for nice places to picnic. The French Broad has everything you’d want on a river, including options that make for fun half days or full days. An interesting aspect is that it is purportedly the 3rd oldest river in the world, which makes for some really interesting geography that’s evident in the scenic landscapes along the river. A big bonus is that it is close enough to Asheville that you can head back to town and grab dinner and beer from some of the incredible restaurants and breweries. All in all, the French Broad is a great adventure for folks looking to get out and enjoy an incredible river.
For more information on French Broad River Rafting, check out Blue Heron Whitewater where you can easily book your guided whitewater rafting trip.