Every year, MountainTrue and our French Broad Riverkeeper take participants on a guided trip down the French Broad River, camping out along the French Broad River Paddle Trail℠ (proudly sponsored by Oskar Blues Brewery). Leave the shuttle and logistics to us and enjoy the river’s beauty from the water!
In 2016, Outside Magazine listed the French Broad Paddle as the 11th top trip in the entire world, and we have all the logistics planned to enjoy this beautiful river with some of the top craft breweries in the entire world along the way. The dates are July 19-22, for a four-day float that highlights all the major, local breweries along the way. First, we'll put in at Hap Simpson River Park and take out in time to hit Oskar Blues. From there, we'll float down to Sierra Nevada, and then hit New Belgium once we get into Asheville. It's our very own Brew Paddle. We'll also highlight the work of the Riverkeeper program and take water samples, but we'll be sure to leave enough time for cornhole and s'mores at the campsites.
Camping has been arranged for each night of the trip, providing an exciting opportunity to paddle-camp along the banks of the river every night of your journey. Great hearty food will be provided for each meal. Breakfast will range from pancakes, bacon and eggs, yogurt, fruit, and bagels. Lunch will be made in the morning and eaten on the river. Dinner will range from pasta, to dinner out at local eateries, to pizza. Come enjoy the one the oldest rivers in the world, while also enjoying some of the best beers in the world.
MountainTrue has several boats you can use, but you are also welcome to bring your own gear if you have it. Our boats are tandem canoes, and if you sign up to use one of ours, we'll also hook you up with a paddle and pfd.
We will email more of the logistical details and some paperwork as the date gets closer.
Your registration fee includes a one year membership to the MountainTrue, beautiful primitive camping each night on private land, shuttle, food, beer, awesome and knowledgeable guides, educational activities, tours, professional photos, and a great time with other paddlers.
It helps to have spent some time paddling a boat, but it’s not necessary for the trip. The pace and distance of each day’s journey and the difficulty of the river is generally suitable for beginner to intermediate paddlers.
Full refunds will be granted to cancellations made more than 1 month ahead of launch date (prior to June 21, 2017).
75% refunded for 3 weeks notice (prior to June 28, 2017).
25% refunded for 2 weeks notice (prior to July 5, 2017).
No refund will be made for less than 2 weeks notice.
You only need to bring personal camping items. Leave the rest to us. When you register we will email you with a list of suggested supplies. A limited number of free boats will be provided, so sign up soon if you need one. If you need to rent a boat, visit Headwaters Outfitters, Asheville Outdoor Center, or French Broad Outfitters for great deals. Also, bring standard camping gear including a tent, sleeping pad and bag, and personal items. Camp gear is limited to 40 pounds and two bags per person. Your boat should be of a size and weight that you and another person can carry it. A gear list with mandatory and suggested items will be provided. Borrow gear from a friend or rent anything you’re a missing from REI in Asheville.
Camping will be on the banks of the river every night. This is backcountry primitive camping.
Breakfast, dinner and sack lunches will be provided as part of your registration. Yummy Oskar Blues Beer will be available on each night of the trip. You are welcome to bring some other must have snacks and drink.
Everyone will meet in Asheville. We have arranged a safe place to meet and leave your cars. Your camping gear will also be shuttled between campsites, allowing you to travel light on the river. We will email these details closer to the date.
Yes, but you are responsible for obtaining appropriate licenses through the wildlife resources commission.
More questions? Call or email the French Broad Riverkeeper at Hartwell@MountainTrue.org or 828-258-8737 ext.211
Or Watershed Outreach Coordinator
Anna@mountaintrue.org or 828-258-8737 ext 212