Join RiverLink on an overnight camping trip on the French Broad River Paddle Trail to learn and practice the principles of Leave No Trace for river corridors. Event takes place Friday and Saturday, July 12-13. Cost is $45 per person, which includes rafting supplies, food (dinner, breakfast, snacks and drinks), Leave No Trace training, and an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful French Broad River.
RiverLink and Southern Raft Supply are teaming up with the Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers to host an overnight paddle trip on the French Broad River Paddle Trail to learn and practice Leave No Trace principles for River Corridors. They will start out Friday afternoon on Section 8, paddling from below Redmon Dam to the Big Pine Campsite (across from Barnard River Access Park). They will spend Friday night at the Big Pine Campsite. Saturday the group will paddle Section 9 of the French Broad from Barnard to the Stackhouse River Access, learning and practicing Leave No Trace principles along the way. Plans are to start the trip at noon on Friday and to be at Stackhouse by noon on Saturday, and back in Asheville by 2pm.
The French Broad River Paddle Trail will serve to protect the river as a resource for recreation, environmental stewardship, education, and economic development. The trail promotes long term partnerships to develop and maintain a low impact water trail with, Leave No Trace paddle-in camping every 8-10 miles along the river corridor. The French Broad River Paddle Trail provides 117 river miles, from Rosman, NC to the NC border where it connects to 101 miles of TN French Broad River Blueway.The RiverLink campsites are protected with conservation and recreation easements that ensure they will remain free and open to the public in perpetuity.