Make A Splash
Water is a constant, reassuring presence in Transylvania County. It gurgles, flows, thunders, and splashes along our famed tributaries from meandering streams to iconic rivers. Whether you’re cannonballing into a secret swimming hole or casting a lure, we invite you to make a splash while you’re here.
Follow the River
Hiking, biking, and climbing will certainly sate the appetites of those content to explore on dry land. But for those looking to get their feet wet, Transylvania County’s many rivers, streams, lakes, and waterways can cast you off into a whole other avenue of adventure. A bathing suit, a life jacket, and a stand-up paddleboard may be all you need to get a trout’s perspective on Transylvania County. Consider, for example, the French Broad River, whose headwaters begin just outside of Rosman. This ancient tributary, 3rd oldest in the world, flows across an unspoiled natural landscape, allowing paddlers of every skill level to follow the river as far as the current and their paddles will take them. For those looking for a rockier ride, Transylvania’s tributary rivers offer thrilling rides during high water.
You can find put-in/take-out locations along the entire length of the French Broad River (including Transylvania County) at MountainTrue’s French Broad River Paddle Trail website here.
The French Broad River, the third oldest river in the world, begins its journey in Transylvania County at Milepost 0 near Rosman. Several conveniently located put-ins allow you to follow the river as far as your heart and paddle will take you.
Tubing on the French Broad and Davidson Rivers
If a lazy ride down through scenic Brevard is what you’re looking for, tube the French Broad! The guides at Headwaters Outfitters provide the tube and lifejacket for a safe and refreshing trip suitable for adults and kids alike. Finish it off with lunch at the delicious local food trucks. They’ll be ready and waiting!
The Davidson River is ideal for taking a slow, relaxing journey on our favorite doughnut-shaped conveyance. Tubes can be rented in the summer with Dolly’s Dairy Bar & Gift Shop.
This is a unique way to discover the amazing ecosystems of our streams and rivers. One local outfitter, Oxbow River Snorkeling, even utilizes biologists as guides to better help you understand this fascinating underwater world.
Stand-Up paddleboards (SUPs for those in the know) are a great way to see the sights, improve your balance, and get a good upper body workout. Experience a professionally-guided paddleboard tour on the French Broad River with Wai Mauna SUP Tours Brevard. All gear is included. You can also rent boards and paddle on your own, or have boards delivered directly to your home.