Join us as we explore the history of the French Broad River and its seminal place in the development of Asheville--from the time when Native Americans lived along its banks to the Buncombe Turnpike, the railroad, and industries of yesteryear. We'll also tell you how the river has changed since the days of George Vanderbilt, Thomas Wolfe, and when NASCAR greats Richard Petty and Junior Johnson raced cars in the area
We'll progress to the 1950s when Wilma Dykeman asked, "Who poisoned the river?" in her groundbreaking book, "The French Broad." Then, we'll showcase the current-day thriving River Arts District, the beautiful chain of parks along the riverfront green way, and the recreational opportunities that abound. Our tour showcases not only the river, but also the great work of the RiverLink organization and its many partners (government, corporations, civic, non-profit conservation groups, and individuals) that have worked together to protect, preserve, and enhance the riverfront area so that locals and visitors alike can enjoy its beauty and grandeur.-
If you like history and you appreciate environmental sustainability, this tour is for you. - During the tour, we'll stop at the RiverLink office for a quick boxed lunch. Please be sure to note any dietary restrictions when booking the tour.- Since the tour meets at the New Belgium Brewery, once the tour concludes, we encourage you to hang out at the brewery's tasting room to enjoy one of their acclaimed beers or relax on their patio overlooking the French Broad River. (Note: Any food and/or beverage purchases at the brewery are not included in your ticket price
What to Know: Tours meet in the parking lot of the New Belgium Brewery located at 21 Craven St., Asheville, NC 28806. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of your tour. For other pick-up/drop-off locations, dates and times, please call (828) 246-6777 to check pricing and availability.
A portion of the ticket price is donated to RiverLink to support their efforts to protect and enhance the French Broad River.
Our tours operate with a 6-person minimum. We mix and match groups to reach this minimum but in the case that you are scheduled for a tour that hasn’t reached 6 people we will call you to reschedule. Thank you for understanding. For a private (minimum 2 people) or semi-private (minimum 4 people) experience, please call (828) 246-6777 for pricing
3 hours: 2.5 hours for tour & up to 1/2 hour for round-trip transportation