french_broad_paddle_trail_app_2014Press release here:

Western North Carolina Alliance is pleased to announce the launch of the French Broad River Paddle Trail App, sponsored by our friends at Oskar Blues Brewery.

To download it today, text “paddle” to “7700” to view a map featuring campsites, access points, outfitters, restaurants and more.

The French Broad River Paddle Trail App will keep you up to date on French Broad events, send river reports, and help you make a reservation 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.

We’ll celebrate the launch of the app and our partnership with Oskar Blues Brewery from 5:30-8 p.m., July 30 at the brewery’s facility in Brevard (342 Mountain Industrial Drive).

There will be live music, a food truck, Oskar Blues’ craft beer, and WNCA staff members who can share more information about the world-class French Broad River Paddle Trail, which officially opened in 2012.

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

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 WNCA made that possible, as the entire trail is composed of paddle-in-only campsites.

Learn more about the French Broad River Paddle Trail at

Learn more about Oskar Blues Brewery at

Download the French Broad River Paddle Trail App here:

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