The French Broad River and its many tributaries offer boundless opportunities for paddlers, from exciting class 4 and 5 rapids to placid flat water. But if you want a fun, low-key introduction to the river’s many charms, we recommend a half or full day excursion offered by outfitters such as Headwaters Outfitters
and Pura Vida Adventures
. Each company offers trips that take care of the equipment, portaging and other hassles, leaving you to enjoy the experience.