Ancient Majesty: French Broad River

More than anything else, what defines and distinguishes French Broad Crossing is its namesake river. North Carolina’s French Broad River is the third oldest on the planet, older than both the Nile and Amazon. For Preserve Communities, the river is more than a geographical marker or landscape feature, it’s central to the French Broad Crossing community’s unique identity and way of life. The River Lodge, as well as many homes and homesites, overlook the magnificent river and it has become a popular destination for outdoor sports of all kinds. Outfitters offer guided trips along the 200-mile waterway, ranging from thrilling whitewater rafting to gentle canoe trips. The river supports a wide variety of fish, including largemouth bass, brown and rainbow trout, and catfish. Not surprisingly, fly fishing is particularly popular here.

Nature, trails

UTV & Hiking Trails

With forested mountains, dramatic ridgelines, pure streams and rivers, and acre upon acre of preserved land held in conversation, Little Pine and French Broad Crossing are both natural wonders. Throughout each are a number of trials and scenic paths—on UTV or by foot—that are perfect for exploration and adventure, with numerous landmarks along the way. Whether it’s for exercise, sightseeing, or simple recreation, our trails beckon multiple outings amidst nature’s splendor.