French Broad - Hot Springs (NC) to Highway 107 at Del Rio


French Broad, Tennessee, US

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Hot Springs (NC) to Highway 107 at Del Rio

Usual Difficulty I-III (for normal flows)
Length 18 Miles

Upper twin bridge


Upper twin bridge
Photo by Forrest Easterly taken 11/09/14



River Description

Listed in Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to the Streams of Tennessee, B. Sehlinger.

Wonderful day-long canoe trip with mild rapids. Popular spot for rented canoes, but also a wonderful float. Can be floated all the way through the next section down for a wonderful long canoe trip. Some camping spots along the way -- not sure how legal they are, so check out access to public areas first.  Weaver's Bend is part of the Cherokee National Forest and has primitive camping options. Can be combined with the next section below Del Rio for a wonderfully long summer day or overnighter (or two, if you take it really slow). We used to guide NC Outward Bound trips down this section. Great place to learn kayaking/canoeing

 


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Last Updated: 2016-07-20 15:04:12

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User Comments

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July 20 2016 (457 days ago)
tellicoee (154867)
There is a U.S. Forest Service access location for the French Broad on the "Newport/Del Rio" side
of the Wolf Creek Bridge (uppermost Hwy 25/70 bridge in TN). If you're coming from Hot Springs, NC,
you will have to cross the bridge first. There is a small Forest Service sign that reads French
Broad access, French Broad Scenic River. Be sure you know where the takeout is from the river, so
you don't pass it up...it can be easy to miss sometimes. When floating down section 10, stay
river-right under the Wolf Creek Bridge (white, arched 25/70 bridge). The takeout in roughly 75
yards past the bridge on river right, but pay attention. We usually run this section from Paint
Rock access near Hot Springs to the access described here. You can launch from the section 9
takeout/section 10 launch site, but there is quite a bit of flat water. Interesting to see a few
times, but on downstream small ledges and nice smaller rapids await.


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