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Upper French Broad Riverfest

Upper French Broad Riverfest

The Upper French Broad Riverfest is an annual event that celebrates the French Broad River, and is held at Champion Park in Rosman. Participants will be able to take advantage of free tubing trips, enjoy activities and games, view live animals that are found in the French Broad River, eat at a variety of food trucks, listen to local music and... Read More
Hellbender 20 Miler Relay Canoe Race

Hellbender 20 Miler Relay Canoe Race

Important Information: 1. “20 Miler Relay Race” limited to 15 Teams 2. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required 3. Check in Location & Time starts at 9:15am at Headwaters Outfitters. Teams must check in 45 min. prior to their start time. 4. Race will start promptly at 10am 5. Lifejackets are required to be worn for the entire race (teams will be disqualified if lifejackets are not worn). 6. All teams are required to use Headwaters canoes provided. You can bring your own paddles and wear your own PFD. Rules & Guidelines: 1. Each “20 Miler” relay team is made of up to 4 paddlers, broken down into pairs for each section of the race. 2. “20 Miler” Race will consist of two 10 mile sections. At the halfway point, teams can switch out paddlers · First Section: Headwaters Outfitters in Rosman to Island Ford River Access- 10 miles total · Team Exchange at Island Ford River Access · Second Section: Island Ford River Access to Hap Simpson River Park- 10 miles 3. Transportation to race points can be provided, or teams can provide their own. 4. At the end of the race paddlers will be transported back to Headwaters Outfitters. 5. The After Party starts at 2:00pm at the Forks of the River Taproom. The Awards Ceremony will start when enough teams arrive on site. Trophies will be awarded for Top 3 teams and BEST TEAM COSTUME (voted on by all teams and race volunteers) How to Enter: ·... Read More
Go With The Flow

Go With The Flow

Go With The Flow As we celebrate the Year of the Trail, it’s helpful to remember that some trails just go with the flow.  From the 3rd oldest river in the world to numerous tributaries and streams, there are multiple ways to get on the water in Transylvania County. Here are four great ways to enjoy our storied waterways. 1 1 Discover River Snorkeling Want to try something a little out of the main stream? How about exploring the fascinating aquatic life beneath the surface, guided by a freshwater biologist? Ox Bow River Snorkeling offers trips in Pisgah National Forest that will open your eyes to an underwater world teeming with life – including over 30 fish species, numerous invertebrates (including crayfish) and the protected eastern hellbender salamander. 1 2 Tubing on the Davidson River Pisgah National Forest The Davidson River parallels US-276 as it journeys through Pisgah National Forest, giving you lots of convenient put-in and take-out options. But if you’ve never tubed the Davidson and don’t own tubes, we recommend this trip:  Rent your tubes from Davidson River Rafting at the entrance to Pisgah National Forest. Drive up US-276 and park your car at the Davidson River Campground. Put in at the bridge (commonly referred to as the Job Corp bridge). From here you’ll have an hour-long float down the Davidson. When you’re done, you can retrieve the car by walking the Eastatoe Trail (on the opposite side of the river from US-276) back to the Davidson River Campground–... Read More
Canoeing 101: Canoeing Classes and Canoe Camping Trip (SOLD OUT)

Canoeing 101: Canoeing Classes and Canoe Camping Trip (SOLD OUT)

This event is a series of two classes followed by a weekend canoe camping trip on the French Broad River. Class 1: Canoeing 101-Part 1. Join Clyde Carter and Jayne Fought for the first in a two-part beginner canoe class. This first class is held on flat water (lake), and instruction is focused on paddling strokes, boat control, maneuvers, equipment, and personal gear. Participants of this course and Canoeing 101 Part 2 will be eligible to sign up for the French Broad Multi-Day Canoe Trip! Boats and equipment provided. May 22, 5:30-8:30pm Class 2: Canoeing 101-Part 2. Join Clyde Carter and Jayne Fought for the second in a two-part beginner canoe class. This first class is held on moving water (river), and Instruction is focused on continuing to develop paddling strokes, boat control, maneuvers, equipment, river reading, and river safety. Participants of this course (and Canoeing 101 – Part 1) will be eligible to sign up for the French Broad Multi-Day Canoe Trip! Boats and equipment provided. May 23, 5:30-8:30pm Canoe Camping Trip, May 26-28. This trip is available to participants of the Canoeing 101 Classes. Join us for a three day, two night guided trip on the French Broad River. Put the skills you’ve learned into practice and enjoy a fun-filled time paddling and camping with us on the French Broad River Paddle Trail. We will depart on Friday and return on Sunday. Canoes, paddles and life jackets provided. Camping gear is available to rent if needed. Cost... Read More
Signs of Spring Guided Paddle on the French Broad River

Signs of Spring Guided Paddle on the French Broad River

Join Headwaters Outfitters on select Saturdays: April-June, for their Signs of Spring Guided Paddle This guided canoe or kayak trip balances nature observation with the quiet relaxation of a morning outing on the French Broad River. Departing by 10 a.m. (you must arrive by 9:15 a.m.) from Headwaters Outfitters shop, each canoe trip includes all paddling gear, river shuttle, and guide service. Snacks and drinks are available for sale at the shop. Prior canoeing experience is helpful, but not necessary. Reservations are required. $60.00 per person: Canoes, Single Kayaks, Tandem Kayaks... Read More
Signs of Spring Guided Paddle on the French Broad River

Signs of Spring Guided Paddle on the French Broad River

Join Headwaters Outfitters on select Saturdays: April-June, for their Signs of Spring Guided Paddle This guided canoe or kayak trip balances nature observation with the quiet relaxation of a morning outing on the French Broad River. Departing by 10 a.m. (you must arrive by 9:15 a.m.) from Headwaters Outfitters shop, each canoe trip includes all paddling gear, river shuttle, and guide service. Snacks and drinks are available for sale at the shop. Prior canoeing experience is helpful, but not necessary. Reservations are required. $60.00 per person: Canoes, Single Kayaks, Tandem Kayaks... Read More
Signs of Spring Guided Paddle on the French Broad River

Signs of Spring Guided Paddle on the French Broad River

Join Headwaters Outfitters on select Saturdays: April-June, for their Signs of Spring Guided Paddle This guided canoe or kayak trip balances nature observation with the quiet relaxation of a morning outing on the French Broad River. Departing by 10 a.m. (you must arrive by 9:15 a.m.) from Headwaters Outfitters shop, each canoe trip includes all paddling gear, river shuttle, and guide service. Snacks and drinks are available for sale at the shop. Prior canoeing experience is helpful, but not necessary. Reservations are required. $60.00 per person: Canoes, Single Kayaks, Tandem Kayaks... Read More
Signs of Spring Guided Paddle on the French Broad River

Signs of Spring Guided Paddle on the French Broad River

Join Headwaters Outfitters on select Saturdays: April-June, for their Signs of Spring Guided Paddle This guided canoe or kayak trip balances nature observation with the quiet relaxation of a morning outing on the French Broad River. Departing by 10 a.m. (you must arrive by 9:15 a.m.) from Headwaters Outfitters shop, each canoe trip includes all paddling gear, river shuttle, and guide service. Snacks and drinks are available for sale at the shop. Prior canoeing experience is helpful, but not necessary. Reservations are required. $60.00 per person: Canoes, Single Kayaks, Tandem Kayaks... Read More
Signs of Spring Guided Paddle on the French Broad River

Signs of Spring Guided Paddle on the French Broad River

Join Headwaters Outfitters on select Saturdays: April-June, for their Signs of Spring Guided Paddle This guided canoe or kayak trip balances nature observation with the quiet relaxation of a morning outing on the French Broad River. Departing by 10 a.m. (you must arrive by 9:15 a.m.) from Headwaters Outfitters shop, each canoe trip includes all paddling gear, river shuttle, and guide service. Snacks and drinks are available for sale at the shop. Prior canoeing experience is helpful, but not necessary. Reservations are required. $60.00 per person: Canoes, Single Kayaks, Tandem Kayaks... Read More
Signs of Spring Guided Paddle on the French Broad River

Signs of Spring Guided Paddle on the French Broad River

Join Headwaters Outfitters on select Saturdays: April-June, for their Signs of Spring Guided Paddle This guided canoe or kayak trip balances nature observation with the quiet relaxation of a morning outing on the French Broad River. Departing by 10 a.m. (you must arrive by 9:15 a.m.) from Headwaters Outfitters shop, each canoe trip includes all paddling gear, river shuttle, and guide service. Snacks and drinks are available for sale at the shop. Prior canoeing experience is helpful, but not necessary. Reservations are required. $60.00 per person: Canoes, Single Kayaks, Tandem Kayaks... Read More
Signs of Spring Guided Paddle on the French Broad River

Signs of Spring Guided Paddle on the French Broad River

Join Headwaters Outfitters on select Saturdays: April-June, for their Signs of Spring Guided Paddle This guided canoe or kayak trip balances nature observation with the quiet relaxation of a morning outing on the French Broad River. Departing by 10 a.m. (you must arrive by 9:15 a.m.) from Headwaters Outfitters shop, each canoe trip includes all paddling gear, river shuttle, and guide service. Snacks and drinks are available for sale at the shop. Prior canoeing experience is helpful, but not necessary. Reservations are required. $60.00 per person: Canoes, Single Kayaks, Tandem Kayaks... Read More
Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever Five Fun Facts about Brevard’s Summer Camps Each summer, Transylvania County hosts thousands of young people from all over the nation and world at the many summer camps in and around Brevard. Ranging from days with backpacks and bug juice to internationally renowned music programs, Brevard’s summer camps are a treasured part of our history and a large contribution to what has made our community so beloved for generations. As we round out the end of care-package season, here are five things you might not know about Brevard’s summer camps: 1 1 SUMMER CAMPS HAVE A RICH HISTORY. Hundreds of children of all ages come to Brevard every summer. The relationship between summer campers and the larger community can be felt all over town, from the camp-specific flavors of ice cream at Dolly’s near the entrance to Pisgah National Forest to the shops downtown that offer camp care packages. The sounds of happy voices filling the forests and waterways with laughter, joy, and imagination echo the seemingly limitless possibilities of summertime when you’re young at heart. 2 2 Brevard’s first summer camp opened in 1913. Camp French Broad opened its doors in 1913, and Camp Sapphire arrived a year later in 1914. Keystone Camp, the area’s first camp for girls, which is still producing new generations of happy campers, started two years later in 1916. 3 3 The Brevard Music Center was originally called Transylvania Music Camp. James Christian Pfohl moved his summertime Davidson Music School from... Read More