River Sports are some of the most popular of all Western North Carolina attractions. The French Broad River runs through the heart of Hot Springs, NC - making it a river sport mecca for beginners and pros alike! Whether you prefer a kayak to a raft, a canoe to a fishing pole, Hot Springs has the resources for you to experience all the joy that goes hand in hand with a mountain vacation.
Whitewater Rafting is one of the most invigorating sports that we know of and Hot Springs, NC is a mecca for those who love the rush. The section of the river that runs through Hot Springs has the most whitewater of the entire river with rapids ranging from Class 1 to Class 4. There are several rafting companies that offer guided trips and visitors will find the experience - and the scenery - truly unforgettable!
Float the River
For those more interested in a calm and leisurely afternoon on the French Broad, tubing is an excellent activity for all. Typically 4-6 miles in length, float trips are a great way to take it slow and absorb the beauty of Western North Carolina. Deep pools can be found all along the way, just perfect for taking a dip before continuing on the journey.
Fish the River
In the 1970's, the NC Wildlife Commission introduced smallmouth bass and some fingerling muskies to the French Broad River. They flourished, and fishermen have been enjoying the catch for decades. Today, the French Broad River boasts one of the premier smallmouth bass fisheries in North Carolina and has the honor of being ranked in the top four best rivers for smallmouth bass. Other fish in abundance are catfish and muskie and there are many, many points along the river where fishermen can wade in and get to catching!
Canoe or Kayak the River
Canoeing or kayaking the river is a great way to enjoy the beauty of the French Broad River and its banks. There are sections of the river in the Hot Springs area for people of all skill levels, so whether you're looking for a rushing section to get the adrenaline pumping or a calmer section to slow down and take in the extraordinary surroundings, the Hot Springs section of the French Broad River has what you're looking for.