French Broad, Tennessee, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-III (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||10 fpm|
|Max Gradient||40 fpm|
This is a very good beginner / intermediate run. The first obstacle that you will encounter is a
two to four foot ledge depending on the water level. This ledge can be portaged on river right.
If you plan to run the ledge I highly recommend that you scout it. Watch out for the hydraulic at
higher water levels. I usually run it on river right.
The next three to four miles have a couple of small ledges and some nice rapids.
The best rapid on the run is the Milky Way. The river narrows down in this area, and although it looks like you can get through on river right you can't. It is 75 to 100 yards of three to four foot waves. The most fun way to run it is right through the middle. Watch out for rocks on river left at the end of the rapid!
There are a couple of other rapids but they are class II-II+ (some are easy class III at different levels)
The takeout is located under the lowermost Hwy 25/70 bridge in Cocke County. It is public access with room for maybe 5-7 vehicles. There is a gravel/paved ramp for access directly under the bridge on river right. The put-in is located on the gravel road that leads to the French Broad Outpost Ranch (dude ranch). It is before the ranch, and there is a small sandy beach and a gravel parking lot for 7-8 vehicles. There is usually someone there fishing or horseback riding nearby. Both access locations mentioned here are public access.
The coordinates are just a close guess.