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Difficulty I-III
Length 18 Miles
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Reach Info Last Updated 07/20/2016 3:04 pm

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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tellicoee
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3 years ago

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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tellicoee
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3 years ago

The comments below are referring to section 9, upstream in North Carolina. Section 10 is from Hot Springs, NC down to the uppermost 25/70 bridge (Wolf Creek Bridge) in Cocke County, TN. Section 9 is class III-IV while section 10 is I-III.

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Simon Krzych
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4 years ago

Tuesday, 9/23/2014 had perfect fall weather and about 950 cfs. Small crew of G and CT in hard boats, Chris and JM in the maxi. It was a great level for hard boats and JM never got stuck in the maxi me. Rapids felt shallow but there were lots of great eddys and easy technical lines, not many surf spots. The pillow case rapid main line was narrow and had a tight S turn move (looked more intimidating from the top than it did from the bottom, we will do it next time), we chose to run a tighter but more straight forward slot just to the river right of the main S turn line (it went smooth). G had his first hard boat run of pillow rapid and made it look easy. G ran all the rapids in the hard boat but the swim spot and sandy bottom rapid (which chris swam out of the canoe).

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Simon Krzych
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4 years ago

July 5th: French Broad Barnard to Stackhouse. ~1600 cfs. "this is the perfect river for me to canoe, i could have done every rapid" - G. Everyone liked the jump rock. S.W swam out of sitontop at the ledges, B (model) swam quite a few times. G guided the ranger with 4 people in it down the second rapid (the slide). G mini'd turtle rock, S turn, and big pillow, s turn was a little tricky and pillow was easy. great lunch spot on river left after big pillow.

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Simon Krzych
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5 years ago

10/21/13 We had a great day with low water running at 1350cfs Crisler and Ginger Brad were our guides. George had two guest's, Steve and Ali.

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This section is just downstream from the famous "section 9" in North Carolina.  The flows, gauge, and recommended range is roughly the same.  

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French Broad Fest #10 May 4th - 6th

3/29/2007
Ben Van Camp

Attention Southeast Boaters!  Like Music??  Like Boating?? Check out the 10th Annual French Broad River Festival this Spring.  This benefit for AW is happening May 4-6 in the metropolis of Hot Springs, NC and features the best music lineup of any river festival in the nation!!  Over 20 bands including The Gourds, The Drew Emmit Band, Afromotive, Big City Sunrise, Sol Driven Train, Hypnotic Clambake, The Greasy Beans and more.
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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1205174 08/05/15 Kevin Colburn map accuracy
1191544 12/06/05 Geoff Kohl n/a
1206733 07/20/16 tellicoee