The French Broad River is the third oldest river in the world and is a part of the Tennessee River Valley system. The river is 228 miles long in all; however the portion in the state of Tennessee expands 102 miles long through four counties including Cocke, Jefferson, Sevier and Knox where it merges with the Tennessee River east of Knoxville.
The French Broad River has a great variety of plant life including sycamore, beech, birch, black willow, sugar maple, and hornbeam trees. There are many locations to access the river; however the main location would be in Cocke County. This area offers river access points 4-5 miles apart for paddling kayaks and canoes. Once in Knox County, you will flow directly into the Tennessee River and will be close to the urban downtown area with many access points that are very close together.
There are camping sites along the French Broad River for your group to use including Tent Camping USA, Douglas Dam and Tailwaters Campground.
For up-to-date river access listings, see the Geotourism Mapguide page "French Broad River - Cocke County".