While not a typical trail, did you know that the French Broad River is designated as a State Recreational Trail? Float or paddle down this “blueway” to view Conserving Carolina-conserved land as well as newly Conserving Carolina-facilitated recreational access!

Conserving Carolina acquired 1.7 acres in Horse Shoe at Highway 64 along the French Broad River in order to create a new public access point for paddlers and anglers. The land was generously donated by Patten Seed Company, producers of Super-Sod turfgrass. The company owns the adjacent Horseshoe Bend Farm, on which it donated a 360-acre conservation easement to Conserving Carolina in 2003. Conserving Carolina donated the new river access tract to Henderson County Parks & Recreation in 2015, which in coordination with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission constructed a boat ramp and parking area as part of the new Horse Shoe River Access Park. Previously, only two public access points 18 miles apart existed for boaters on the French Broad River in Henderson County. This new river access in Horse Shoe enables shorter and more manageable trips for river enthusiasts. It could also one day serve as a trailhead for the proposed Ecusta Rail Trail between Hendersonville and Brevard.