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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.

Expert guides lead rafters down the waters of Brevard-area rivers.


With nearly 500 miles of coldwater creeks, streams, and rivers, our knowledgeable local outfitters can walk you through the whole process. Cast your line to find a sweet spot!


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. The French Broad River Paddle Trail is a great place to start for helpful information. Or you can leave the planning to the professionals and book a tour offered by one of several outfitters in the county: Headwaters Outfitters, Pura Vida Adventures, and Tubular Tubing and Outdoor Adventures.

Tubing on the French Broad and Davidson Rivers

Prepare to immerse yourselves in the serene and scenic wonders of Transylvania County as you embark on an unforgettable tubing journey. Nestled amidst the majestic Appalachian Mountains, this region boasts some of the most picturesque waterways, perfect for a leisurely float or an exhilarating adventure. Before you hit the rivers, it’s essential to find the right tubing rental that suits your needs and ensures a memorable experience. Fortunately, Transylvania County offers a variety of outfitters ready to equip you with everything you need for your day on the water. Headwaters Outfitters, Brevard Tubing, Tubular Tubing & Outdoor Adventures, Bear Tracks Travel Center, and Davidson River Rafting (next to Dolly’s Dairy Bar) are all happy to assist you with your tubing needs.

River Snorkeling

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 Paddleboarding

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. White Squirrel Paddle Boards is another stand-up paddle board outfitter. They will deliver directly to local lakes for your day on the water.

Splash down at any of these outfitters and boat rental providers for help getting onto the water