French Broad River

On Saturday, Sept. 12, the Western North Carolina Historical Association, in partnership with Montreat College’s Outdoor Recreation Studies department, will lead a guided paddle tour of one river section that exemplifies Dykeman’s depiction.

Join WNCHA at Amboy Road River Park as they prepare to paddle 6.5 miles exploring part of Wilma Dykeman’s French Broad.

Wilma Dykeman (1920–2006) was a writer, speaker, teacher, historian, and environmentalist. Her son, Jim Stokely is president of the Wilma Dykeman Legacy.

This float, with four interpretive stops and one stop for lunch, will take approximately five hours. Particioants will learn about this river section’s natural and cultural history including the tenuous relationship between humans and the river.

Be sure to bring plenty of water, an easy-to-eat lunch, river clothes and appropriate footwear/sandals, sunscreen, hat (recommended), dry bag (recommended), face mask and hand sanitizer (mandatory).

The float will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 pm. on Saturday, Sept. 12. Cost is $35 for WNCHA members or $50 for the general public.

To sign up, visit

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.