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Annual Upper French Broad River Clean Up Day!

Annual Upper French Broad River Clean Up Day!

The French Broad River Clean up remains the best volunteer gig in town: a free canoe ride down the river, along with a complimentary breakfast, lunch, and all the garbage bags you can fill. Since the inception of “The Upper French Broad River Clean Up Day” in 1992, volunteers have gathered year after year collecting tons of trash, old tires, microwaves, and more! Many of the volunteers returning year after year! Volunteers show up at Headwaters at 9:00 am and will be treated to a light hearted breakfast before being shuttled to a launching area in Rosman. Everyone will be assigned canoes (no kayaks please), paddles, life jackets, and garbage bags. We have limited work gloves and trash grabbers, we recommend bringing your own Participants should bring sturdy gloves, river shoes and tools such as long-handled barbecue tongs to grab trash with. We also have Roadside volunteer positons available, for access points and a few dump off locations. Its always a good idea to bring a change of clothing for afterwards! After the clean-up wraps up, volunteers are served a sponsored lunch at Headwaters. Lunch is a casual affair, with volunteers swapping tales of creatures hitchhiking in garbage bags and unusual finds excavated from the riverbed. Though support for the clean-up has remained steady, new donations of cash or food are always welcome. Feeding 70 hungry trash collectors can get expensive. We could not do this event without the gracious help of local businesses and sponsors. I think they realize, as do we, that the clean-up has an economic as well as an environmental benefit. When the river is... Read More
First Annual North Fork Fest! 2020

First Annual North Fork Fest! 2020

Join Headwaters Outfitters and the Whitewater Community for the First Annual North Fork Fest! A celebration of history and heritage of the North Fork of the French Broad River. Saturday, March 28th we will gather at Headwaters Outfitters with whitewater community enthusiast and locally active vendors (TBA/More Info Coming Soon). We will be conducting an organized Riverside Clean Up along the North Fork of the French Broad! (More Info Coming Soon) On site we will have Vendor Booths, Gear Swap, Clinics, Boat Demos, Film Showing of Southern Fried Creekin, History Presentation/Discussion Panel/Q&A, Raffles, Taproom, Food Truck, Live Music by West Fork Fiasco, Camping, and more! (Reach out if you have gear or would like to support this event) We will also have our Private Hannah Ford Campground open to those who would like to camp-out that evening, $10 per person. (Please reserve with Headwaters Outfitters) *If NFFB Water Level is runnable, Headwaters will offer shuttles from 10am-3pm* For more information, questions, or interest please email... Read More
Make Your Own Canoe Paddle Workshop

Make Your Own Canoe Paddle Workshop

Headwaters Outfitters is excited to host a collaborative workshop with Bear Traditional Kayaks, offering a Make Your Own Canoe Paddle Workshop this winter! This is a 3 Day (Canoe Paddle Only) workshop from 12/13/19 – 12/15/19 (9:00am-5:00pm each day), $235 per person. Space is limited! No woodworking skills needed prior to workshop. All materials and tools needed are included in the cost. For registration or questions email... Read More
Colors of Fall Guided Paddle

Colors of Fall Guided Paddle

Every October on Saturday and Sunday morning’s, Headwaters Outfitters offers its ever popular fall series of guided canoe trips on the French Broad River. Our “Colors of the Fall” guided canoe trips balance nature observation with the quiet relaxation of a canoe or kayak outing. You will paddle 8 miles, approximately 3 hours down Section 1, a very peaceful yet lively section of the historic French Broad River. Participants begin arriving at Headwaters Outfitters around 9:15 am to complete check-in, meet the river guide, and organize gear for their canoe trip. By 10:00 am guest begin the trip with a short 2 mile shuttle to the launch point. Your guide will review and demonstrate paddling tips and techniques before launching. Along the way you can listen to historical stories of the French Broad and our community, discover wildlife, flora, fauna, and waterfowl that make their homes along this beautiful river. ADVANCE RESERVATION & 50% DEPOSIT REQUIRED Our Colors of Fall Guided Canoe Trips fill up rapidly and months in advance. Each river trip is limited to 10 maximum guest. Prior canoeing experience is helpful, but not... Read More
Colors of Fall Guided Paddle

Colors of Fall Guided Paddle

Every October on Saturday and Sunday morning’s, Headwaters Outfitters offers its ever popular fall series of guided canoe trips on the French Broad River. Our “Colors of the Fall” guided canoe trips balance nature observation with the quiet relaxation of a canoe or kayak outing. You will paddle 8 miles, approximately 3 hours down Section 1, a very peaceful yet lively section of the historic French Broad River. Participants begin arriving at Headwaters Outfitters around 9:15 am to complete check-in, meet the river guide, and organize gear for their canoe trip. By 10:00 am guest begin the trip with a short 2 mile shuttle to the launch point. Your guide will review and demonstrate paddling tips and techniques before launching. Along the way you can listen to historical stories of the French Broad and our community, discover wildlife, flora, fauna, and waterfowl that make their homes along this beautiful river. ADVANCE RESERVATION & 50% DEPOSIT REQUIRED Our Colors of Fall Guided Canoe Trips fill up rapidly and months in advance. Each river trip is limited to 10 maximum guest. Prior canoeing experience is helpful, but not... Read More