Swannanoa River Main Bridge in Swannanoa to the US 70 Bridge at Azalea

Asheville, North Carolina

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The Swannanoa drops off the western slopes of the Blue Ridge at Swannanoa Gap just east of the town of Black Mountain. It remains fairly small and narrow until joined by the North Fork, east of Swannanoa. It flows through wooded areas and farmland, much of which is owned by Warren Wilson College, before passing under US 70 and through an industrial area in Asheville. It joins the French Broad within the city limits. Bob Watts, of Black Mountain, has been a one-man “Save the Swannanoa” gang in trying to clean up the river and keep it clear for canoeing. Every stream needs a friend like Bob.

Swannanoa River: Main Bridge in Swannanoa to the US 70 Bridge at Azalea Professional Review and Guide

"The Swannanoa drops off the western slopes of the Blue Ridge at Swannanoa Gap just east of the town of Black Mountain. It remains fairly small and narrow until joined by the North Fork, east of Swannanoa.

It flows through wooded areas and farmland, much of which is owned by Warren Wilson College, before passing under US 70 and through an industrial area in Asheville. It joins the French Broad within the city limits. Bob Watts, of Black Mountain, has been a one-man “Save the Swannanoa” gang in trying to clean up the river and keep it clear for canoeing. Every stream needs a friend like Bob."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Asheville
Distance: 8.6
Elevation Loss: Minimal
Duration: 4 hours
Class: Class I-II
Local Maps: Oteen (USGS); Buncombe (County)
Driving Directions: Directions to Swannanoa River: Main Bridge in Swannanoa to the US 70 Bridge at Azalea

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