What is it?

French Broad Escapades*, also known as FBE (pronounced “fee-bee”) or Escapades , is our latest and greatest addition to the Added Adventures lineup. It’s a session 2 trip that you can participate in during the middle week that you’re at camp! 

Where will we go?

This trip takes you down the French Broad River Paddle Trail, right here in our very own backyard. Starting in Rosman, NC at the headwaters, we’ll put in on the river and spend our days paddling North towards Asheville, NC. Some call it an expeditionary canoe trip, I might call it an epic journey of mischief and white squirrels. Prepare for delightful swims, delicious meals, and beautiful sunsets.

Check out this website for everything you need to know about the French Broad River Paddle Trail!


Do I need to know how to canoe? What about special equipment?

No way! We’ll teach you everything you need to know. This section of the river is perfect for paddlers of all skill levels. We’ll work on perfecting that forward stroke here at camp before our trip. 

We’ll send you a packing list with some additional clothing items you’ll need for your trip. Eagle’s Nest will provide all camping and canoeing gear including: tents, cooking items, canoes, paddles, PFDs, dry bags for your clothing and sleeping bag, and more. If you need an additional item, reach out to Mims (mims@enf.org) to see what we have available in our Gear Lending Library!

I need more information.

Yes! Information! Please send me an email at mims@enf.org if you have any questions about French Broad Escapades. I would be happy to answer them and give a bit more information on the trip. 

*This Added Adventure was formerly known as Huck Finn. Though we value Mark Twain’s legendary novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, after further reflection we have decided to move away from using this book as a theme for our adventure as some of the themes are more suited for study by older children and in an academic setting that allows time for more thoughtful discussion. We hope you get a chance to read and learn from the book as a part of your academic journey. If you’d like to learn more about ENF’s DEI work or access anti-racist resources, click here.*