The French Broad River, is an integral part of our life here in Asheville. It influences our daily lives and forges relationships as people enjoy spending a quite Sunday afternoon floating. Enter the River Arts District on any weekend and you will find people enjoying the local artists, the restaurants, and the sights and sounds of the river as it meanders by.
The French Broad River flows 218 miles from near the town of Rosman in Transylvania County, North Carolina, into the state of Tennessee. The French Broad River was named by European settlers centuries ago because it was one of the two broad rivers in western North Carolina. The one which flowed into land claimed by France at that time was named the “French Broad River”, whereas the other, which stayed in land claimed by England – the Colony of North Carolina – was named the “English Broad River”. (The latter was later renamed simply the “Broad River”).
There are many greenways and parks along the rivers banks which make for great picnics. There is also a thriving economy derived around the enjoyment of the river such as tubing, rafting, kayaking, and canoeing.
To learn more about the rivers of Western North Carolina, just enjoy this video.