Miles 110 to 136: French Broad River Movie Update

This progress report covers two days of rafting. 

  1. First Day: We put in at the Nantahala Access near the bridge in Hot Springs, North Carolina. The sign at the access center says that non commercial traffic is welcome. We rafted with my sister Anne and took out at the Wolf Creek Access near Del Rio, Tennessee.
  2. Second Day: We began at Wolf Creek Access and rafted to the Highway 25 / 70 boat ramp just southeast of Newport, Tennessee.

We at Torg Stories are making a film about the French Broad River, the people who use it, and the social and political issues that surround it. As a part of this film, my wife Megan and daughters Charlotte and Isabel are attempting to raft from the headwaters in Rosman, North Carolina to the Rankin Flats, just northeast of Newport, Tennessee. This is a distance of 149 miles.

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Rapid named “The Falls” near Mile 133 of the French Broad River 

 

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Miles 60 to 75: French Broad River Movie Update

We put our raft in the French Broad at Mile 60 at Bent Creek River Park on Brevard Road across from the North Carolina Arboretum. The Blue Ridge Parkway crosses the river here and there is access from the parkway to the arboretum.

Our plan was to travel up to Southern Rafting just before the Weir Dam at Mile 76. We obtained permission from Southern Rafting to park in the lot but it also looks like people park off the pavement on the gravel road that runs along the river. There were lots of cars.

Here is a video report of our trip:

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Mile 11 to Mile 19: French Broad River Movie Progress Report

My family and I are trying to make a movie about the French Broad River, the people who use it, and the political and social issues that surround it. We hope to raft 149 miles of the river from Rosman, NC to Newport, TN. We plan to do this in sections.

The plan for today was to put in near mile 11 at what is called Island Ford River Access and get out of the river at HapSimpson Park just outside of Brevard, NC.

Here’s our video report of how it went:

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Getting Ready For the Journey

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