Frozen French Broad River

Mitch Hampton

It has been pretty cold here in the mountains of Western North Carolina.  You know it is cold when the French Broad River begins to ice over.  Since the French Broad River is a free flowing river, it has to be real cold for a free flowing river to freeze.  The great thing about the […]

As many of our guests may already know, our business was destroyed in a fire in November 2006. We lost nearly everything we had, from rafts to reservation forms. The only thing left standing was the buses (albeit with melted taillights). Since then we have been building a new outpost using the pay-as-you-go method. The goal was to build the outpost without putting […]

French Broad Rafting Expeditions was recently awarded the “Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Month” for December 2010.  It was accepted by one of French Broad Rafting Expeditions owners, Mitch Hampton at the Board of Directors meeting on November 23rd.  French Broad Rafting Expeditions was nominated for its contributions to the local […]

While looking through some photos from this past summer, I ran across some great pictures of an afternoon paddling trip in the Shredder with my dog Gunnison “Gunny” (and of course don’t forget the dog pfd from  Gunny is a Beagle that was rescued from the Wake County animal shelter by my sister-in-law […]

Check out these spectacular pictures taken by Tasia with All Terrain Images It is amazing that she caught this family of deer swimming in the river.  You can see a previous picture of a bear swimming across the river  from the previous blog post

One of the best ways to enjoy the Fall Colors is while rafting down the river.  Your are surrounded by all of the color and the beauty of the French Broad River.  This Fall has been a busy one.  We have had a lot of our guests comment on how floating down the river was […]

Rafting with French Broad River Expeditions from Virginia Balfour on Vimeo.

It has been raining for the past few days.  The water level rose to 2,700 cfs.   On Sunday afternoon we got to the put in and the water was flowing great.  It was a little brown due to erosion because it rained so much, so quickly.  We had a great 5 Mile trip at […]