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Get a new perspective on Brevard’s natural beauty by paddling your way through Transylvania County. Our streams, lakes, and rivers offer unique challenges and mountain views to paddlers of all skills levels. Local companies like Headwaters Outfitters and Davidson River Outfitters offer classes, gear rental, and guided kayaking, canoeing, and tubing down the infamous French Broad River.  Whether you’re looking to learn a new skill or simply trying to cool off, Brevard’s waterways will not disappoint.

Canoeing, Kayaking, and Tubing Resources

  • Headwaters Outfitters
  • Davidson River Outfitters
  • Looking Glass Outfitters
  • Pura Vida Adventures
  • Lake Toxaway Marina
  • Cascade Lake Recreation Area
  • Lake Julian Park, Asheville
  • Asheville Outdoor Center
  • Green River Adventures, Saluda

Local Rivers

*These waterways are located within a 2 hour distance from Brevard.

  • Chatooga River (Section 2-4 - Class II-V)
  • Chauga River (Class III, IV)
  • Davidson River (Lower - Class I/II, Upper - Class III/IV)
  • French Broad River (Sections 0-10 - Class I-IV)
  • Green River ( Lower, Upper, Narrows - Class II-IV)
  • Little Tennessee River (Class II)
  • Nolichucky River (Class I-III)
  • Nantahala River (Class I-III)
  • North Fork of the French Broad River (Class III-VI)
  • Tuckaseegee River (Class II)

French Broad River Paddle Trail

The French Broad River Paddle Trail extends for 117 miles from Transyvlania County to the Tennessee state line, where it connects with the Tennessee French Broad River Blueway. Campsites are available for public reservation every 8-10 miles along the banks of the river. Listed below are public access points to the French River Paddle Trail in Transylvania County.

  • Headwaters Outfitters (mile 0, USGS 218)
  • Champion Park (mile 0, USGS 216.5)
  • Lyons Mountain access (mile 4, USGS 214)
  • Headwaters Outfitters access (mile 9, USGS 209)
  • Island Ford access (mile 11, USGS 207)
  • Hap Simpson Riverfront Park (mile 21, USGS 197)
  • Pisgah Forest access (mile 26, USGS 192)
  • Privately owned access (mile 28, USGS 190)
  • Transylvania County Riverside Campsites
  • French Broad River Trail Map available on the RiverLink website

Annual River Events

  • French Broad River Classique, Asheville (April)
  • Jerry’s Baddle, Saluda (April)
  • French Broad River Festival, Hot Springs (May)
  • French Broad River Clean-up, Brevard (September)
  • Green River Narrows Race, Saluda (November)