RiverLink hosts celebration of French Broad Paddle Trail

Here’s the press release from RiverLink:


Please join us at Asheville Adventure Rentals from 1 to 5 on
Saturday May 11, 2013, to help RiverLink celebrate the launch the French Broad River Overnight camping Paddle Trail and our new interactive online map! We have planned a fun filled day of games and workshops designed to illustrate how to utilize and access our free no reservation required overnight camping sites. Start the day with a float down the river. We will demonstrate our new online map,offer a variety of beers for sale, thanks to Asheville Brewing Company and Altamont Brewing. Bring the whole family and make it a day of great food from food trucks, a corn hole tournament and ice cream from the Hop. You can even win raffle prizes thanks to generous donations from Blue Heron Whitewater, ENO, Second Gear, Mast General Store, Fifth Element Massage and others.

When: Saturday May 11, 2013
Time: 1pm-5pm
Where: Asheville Adventure Rentals –
407 Riverside Drive, Asheville NC 28801
at the base of the Pearson Bridge, just south of the By Water

Schedule of Events:
Noon – Float Trip
1:30pm – Fishing Clinic
2pm – Hammock Camping Clinic
3pm- Overnight Raft Trip Clinic

Asheville Adventure Rentals is hosting a Float Trip starting at Noon from Jean Webb Park to AAR. Participants will receive a 25% discount on boat rental and shuttle.
Cost: $30 for boat and gear rental, and shuttle, $10 for shuttle only if you bring your own boat.
Please register for the trip by emailing: Nancy@riverlink.org or calling AAR at: 828-505-7371

If you want to shuttle to Jean Webb Park or need to rent a boat for the float, please arrive at AAR by 11:30am. Or you can meet us a Jean Webb Park at Noon with your own watercraft.

The French Broad River Paddle Trail will serve to protect the river as a resource for recreation, environmental stewardship, education, and economic development. The trail promotes long term partnerships to ­­develop and maintain a low impact water trail with, Leave No Trace paddle-in camping every 8-10 miles along the river corridor. The French Broad River Paddle Trail provides 117 river miles, from Rosman, NC to the NC border where it connects to 101 miles of TN French Broad River Blueway.
The RiverLink campsites are protected with conservation and recreation easements that ensure they will reamain free and open to the public in perpetuity.

Check out our New French Broad River Paddle Trail Map

The online map, is a great resource for planning your trip. We have worked with the community to develop the map with all river access points, campsites, river hazards, and river gauges. In addition we have included resources you may need along the way. These include rafting and guide services, gear shops, equipment rentals, product manufacturers, parks and other recreational opportunities, and lodging opportunities.


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