OF THE FALL" 2013
Guided Canoe Trip on the
French Broad River
as well as a non-refundable, 50% deposit.
to make your reservations
for this most unique river experience
• October dates: 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th
• Trips are limited
$60.00 per person.
3rd person in canoe 10 or under- $30.00.
in October, Headwaters Outfitters of Rosman will offer the "Colors
of the Fall" series
guided canoe trips on the French Broad River. These trips balance
nature observation with
quiet relaxation of a canoe/kayak outing. Departing at 10:00 am
trip will include all paddling gear, river shuttle, and guide service.
may bring along river snacks to eat while on the river. Prior canoeing
experience is helpful, but not necessary. The cost for this special
river experience is $60/person. Reservations must be made in advance
and are confirmed with a 50% deposit.
Summer has come to an
end along a peaceful southern Appalachian valley as we prepare to
slip our canoes into the water. Gazing up, the sky is spotted with
white puffy clouds camouflaging the crisp Carolina blue, a color
so common in the fall. The rustle of fall leaves cheerfully swirls
through the air and softly lands on the river before the gentle
current carries them off. Nature is preparing to settle in for a
long winters nap and offers a magnificent array of colors strewn
across a larger-than-life canvas.
Grasping our canoe paddles
and with a forward stroke we are off, using one of the oldest modes
of transportation traveling along one of the world's oldest rivers;
The French Broad. As you paddle downstream quietly, listen and the
sounds of the river and it residents captures your full attention
and can put on quite the show.
Traveling quietly you can hear the ripple of the water as the bow
of your boat breaks the smooth surface. Your guide can point out
the Great Blue Heron leading the way, watching intently, we paddle
close to where he has landed in a Wild Cherry Tree. When we get
close he lifts into the air, pushing the wind from beneath its mighty
wings. Taking flight, we hear a swoosh as he continues downstream.
Toward the end of our journey Noah, one of kids paddling his own
kayak names the majestic bird Chase: he feels like we chased him
down the river. The continuous call of the Kingfisher can be shrill
as he sweeps back and forth across the river fishing for his supper.
The chase is on as these birds unknowingly tease you as they continue
to dart in front of your canoe as you paddle down the river. Look
for the Osprey hovering in the trees waiting to plunge into the
river to catch fish. Keep an eye out for the raccoons peeping at
you as they take shelter in a hollow tree. Beavers and muskrats
taunt you as they play hide and go seek along the rivers bank. Red-winged
Blackbirds offer a quick glimpse of the red stripe hidden beneath
their jet-black wings.
riverbank is lined with old and young trees all offering their colorful
palette of leaves in preparation for the cold winter. Yellow and
brown is the mighty Sycamore, deep red is the old Black cherry,
honey gold is the deep-rooted Beech, bright red leaves adorn the
Sourwood as does bright yellow leaves canopying the Tulip Poplar.
This journey down the
French Broad River is one that memories are made of. Solitude and
sanctuary can be gained by the peace one finds while enjoying the
beauty Mother Nature has unconditionally given us. One can travel
as a solitary paddler or an ideal trip for friends and family. The
images of jeweled colored leaves and the crisp fall air will renew
your mind and nurture the sense of self for a long time to come.
Our experienced guides are an integral part of making this trip
a happy one for the amateur or beginner paddler.
Just as many of our forefathers
before us did you as well can explore this hidden jewel in Transylvania
County. If you ponder the serenity of Mother Nature, you need to
join Headwaters Outfitters for the “Colors of Fall”