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.
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.
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– just a 10 minute walk.
Explore the French Broad River
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.
Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is another great way to go with the flow, get some great upper body exercise and enjoy Transylvania County’s lakes and tributaries. White Squirrel Paddleboards specializes in SUP rentals, instruction and, best of all, free pick up and delivery, making it easy for you to sally forth and enjoy your time on the water with a minimum of fuss.