People love Western North Carolina for a variety of reasons. Some adore the local craft beer scene, while others flock here to embark on an array of outdoor adventures. Others still come to the region to experience the stunning scenery and warm hospitality of the people who live among it. A day trip to French Broad Outfitters in Asheville, NC, is the perfect way to satisfy all of these desires! Here are some of the best reasons to visit this beloved local spot.
Plan to spend the day at French Broad Outfitters in Asheville, NC, but be sure to come back to the comfort of a room at The Henderson, just 30 minutes away! Then, check out the countless other things to do in the area. There are so many wonderful restaurants, shops, and unique attractions to discover here.
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About French Broad Outfitters in Asheville, NC
French Broad Outfitters is Asheville’s largest and only full-service outdoor center. This locally owned spot offers just about everything you could need for any outdoor excursion! Whether you’re dying to go whitewater rafting, kayaking, or even disc golfing, this shop can cater to your needs. As its name might suggest, this outfitter is located right on the gorgeous French Broad River (at mile marker 72). In addition to gear, trip information, and 24-hour rentals, this place offers bathrooms, changing stations, and a cafe that serves local brews. Plus, if you’re traveling with a furry friend, French Broad Outfitters is pet-friendly!
Why You Should Visit
Whether you’re looking to try kayaking, whitewater tubing, stand-up paddleboarding, French Broad rafting, or fishing in Asheville, French Broad Outfitters can help! You have the option to rent your own river gear for personal transport or join a group for an unguided, themed tour. These easygoing “float trips” allow visitors to experience adventure at their own pace. Just be back to the bus pick-up area at your designated time! Tours are offered Monday through Thursday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. On weekends, trips are held between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
While Asheville’s French Broad Outfitters specializes in water activities, there are plenty of ways they can help you plan the perfect land expedition, too. If disc golf is something you’ve always wanted to try, look no further! The helpful staff will provide local insight into the best areas to play as well as the necessary gear. The shop is even located just three minutes from the popular Richmond Hill Disc Golf Course!
Though the shop doesn’t offer hiking excursions, it does offer gear rentals that can make the experience as enjoyable and rewarding as possible. Rent a pair of trekking poles or a water jug for just $5 and you’re ready to hit the trail!
A unique aspect of French Broad Outfitters is the fact that you can sip a frothy craft brew on site! When visiting, be sure to stop by FBO at Hominy Creek, the shop’s very own riverside bar. From a hammock overlooking the river, you can sip on a refreshing beer from Oskar Blues, New Belgium, Wedge Brewing, and other local breweries. What could be finer?
Located a short drive away from Asheville is the tranquil town of Hendersonville, NC. There’s no better place to retire after a full day of outdoor adventuring! We offer brand new, comfortable beds in spacious, historic guest rooms. You’ll love our premium amenities like complimentary gourmet breakfast and exclusive spa services. If you plan to enjoy French Broad Outfitters in Asheville, NC with your furry friend, you’ll be glad to know we also offer pet-friendly rooms!
If you love the idea of exploring Western North Carolina’s unique landscape, we can also help you discover the area’s best-kept secrets. To begin, be sure to check out Jackson Park in Hendersonville and some of the best nearby golf courses.