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Barnard to Hot Springs Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the French Broad River

Barnard to Hot Springs Info
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Put In:  Barnard
Take Out:  Hot Springs
Difficulty:  Class III , Class IV
Gradient:  24 ft/mi
Run Length:  8.5 miles
Flow Information (phone):  Tennessee Valley Authority; 800-238-2264.
Good Level:  1,500-5,000 cfs
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Permit:  None presently required.
Character/Similar To:  The French Broad has good sized, complex whitewater that tumbles through some nice mountain scenery. Poor water quality due to industrial polution and natural sediment.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mixed
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  Stony Bluff National Forest Campground is three miles south of Hot Springs on NC 209.
Location:  In the Southeastern U.S. (NC), 273 miles West of Raleigh
Shuttle Logistics:  Put-in: To reach the put-in from Asheville, North Carolina, take US 19/23 north to the US 25/70 cutoff toward Marshall. Take the Marshall bypass to Walnut, turn left and proceed down the mountain to Barnard.

Take-out: From Walnut proceed eleven miles to the US 25/70 bridge over the French Broad, just outside Hot Springs. The take-out is on river right just upstream of the bridge.

Towns near Barnard to Hot Springs Kayaking

Asheville North Carolina
Banner Elk North Carolina
Boone North Carolina
Bryson City North Carolina
Hot Springs North Carolina
Maggie Valley North Carolina
Marshall North Carolina

Other Resources

Southeastern Kayak Clubs
  • Carolina Canoe Club
  • Tarheel Paddlers Association