Asheville’s Western North Carolina Alliance announced the launch of the French Broad River Paddle Trail App, featuring campsites, access points, outfitters, restaurants and more, a critical link for an important regional recreation connection officially completed in 2012.

To download the app, text “paddle” to “7700”.fbrpadapp

The French Broad River Paddle Trail App will keep paddlers up to date on French Broad events, send river reports, and assist with reservations on the French Broad River Paddle Trail — a series of campsites and access points that link more than 140 miles of the French Broad River from Rosman, N.C., to Douglas Lake, Tenn.

WNCA will celebrate the launch of the app and their partnership with Oskar Blues Brewery from 5:30-8 p.m., July 30 at the brewery’s facility in Brevard (342 Mountain Industrial Drive). Those who download the app can enter a raffle at the party to win a watershed dry bag and a waterproof Paddle Trail map. The Oskar Blues trolley will be available from Asheville, leaving from the Aloft Hotel (51 Biltmore Ave.) at 5:30 p.m., and returning to the Aloft around 9 p.m. The trolley is free, but you must RSVP for a seat to hartwell@wnca.org.

The French Broad River Paddle Trail project was born out of the public’s desire to explore the entire French Broad River by boat, and the entire trail is composed of paddle-in-only campsites. For more than 30 years, the Western North Carolina Alliance has been a trusted community partner utilizing a combination of policy advocacy, scientific research, and community collaboration to protect the natural heritage of our region so that people and environment can thrive.

Learn more about the French Broad River Paddle Trail at www.wnca.org/paddle.

Download the French Broad River Paddle Trail App here:

For Android phones

For iPhones