Saturday, June 29, 2013

Camping on The French Broad River Paddle Trail

July 12-13  -  French Broad River Paddle Trail Leave No Trace Learn n' Paddle Overnighter Sponsored by RiverLink.   Join RiverLink on an overnight camping trip on the French Broad River Paddle Trail to learn and practice the principles of Leave No Trace for river corridors.

The cost is $45 per person and includes:  Rafting Supplies, food (dinner, breakfast, snacks and drinks), Leave no trace training, and an enjoying the beautiful French Broad River.

To register CLICK HERE. You will receive a confirmation email.

Trip Details:
RiverLink and Southern Raft Supply are teaming up with the Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers to host an overnight paddle trip on the French Broad River Paddle Trail to learn and practice Leave No Trace principles for River Corridors. The trip will start out Friday afternoon on Section 8, paddling from below Redmon Dam to the Big Pine Campsite (across from Barnard River Access Park). The group will spend Friday night at the Big Pine Campsite. Saturday participants will paddle Section 9 of the French Broad from Barnard to the Stackhouse River Access. Learning and practicing Leave No Trace principles along the way. The trip is scheduled to begin at noon of Friday and anticipates being at Stackhouse by noon on Saturday, and back to Asheville by 2 PM.

Leave No Trace - Enjoying the Outdoors Responsibly
Join RiverLink, Southern Raft Supply and the Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers for an interactive presentation and discussion that will focus on the elements of the Leave No Trace minimum impact program. This session will highlight the Leave No Trace outdoor skills and ethics program, which is applicable to all outdoor enthusiasts and all environments. This national program is administered by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, whose mission is to teach people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. In addition to learning the hows and whys behind the importance of practicing Leave No Trace, participants will be provided with information on how to easily and effectively integrate Leave No Trace into their daily lives and programs. The Traveling Trainers are committed to teaching Leave No Trace education as they live on the road, sleep 200 nights a year in a tent, and offer this award winning program in communities from coast to coast.

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 the new French Broad River Paddle Trail Map    The online map, is a great resource for planning your trip.

French Broad River Paddle Trail Community Forum Launches  If you would like to share your trip experiences, learn more about the river directly from the paddling community, stay up to date on events and volunteer opportunities, or help us maintain the trail, please JOIN THE FORUM


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