Camping

Firefighter Island #2 (Mile 59.5)

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Firefighter Island is a two-group island campsite just upstream of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Bent Creek River Park. The first of three unique island campsites we maintain along French Broad River, this site has a simple river access, picnic table, fire ring, and an elevated composting toilet. Everything you need for a relaxed night on the Paddle Trail. This is the second of two campsites we have on Firefighter Island, with this one being located on the upstream end. It has its own picnic table, fire ring, and tent sites, but shares the toilet with the island's other site, which is located on the downstream end.

The campsite is on the first island you'll come upon when paddling downstream from anywhere in Transylvania or Henderson Counties. Start keeping an eye out for this small island about a mile and a half downstream of the Long Shoals Road bridge, not long after I-26 veers away from the river, and the riparian area becomes more forested. Look for the sign on the upstream end of the island. The best access is midway down the island on the river-right side; however, things might change depending on water level.

Note that all mainland paralleling the island is privately-owned. Please respect these landowners' properties, and do not seek firewood, shelter, departure, or anything else from the neighboring land areas. Do not try to drive to the campsite.

Assumption of Risk & Waiver of Liability: By making this reservation you are acknowledging that there are certain risks inherent in outdoor activities such as paddling and camping. Each participant of this campsite booking agrees to release from liability MountainTrue, the campsite's landowner, and any partners or affiliates for any accident, injury, illness, or personal loss which might occur while visiting, or paddling alongside, this campsite. Each participant further agrees to abide by the campsite's stated rules and regulations and to notify MountainTrue staff of any safety concerns or management needs.

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MountainTrue's French Broad Riverkeeper Program

MountainTrue champions resilient forests, clean waters, and healthy communities in the Southern Blue Ridge. The French Broad Riverkeeper program fights for safe and healthy waterways for all residents of the French Broad River watershed by bringing together local residents and communities to identify pollution sources, enforce and advocate for stronger environmental laws, engage in aquatic ecosystem restoration, and educate and empower the public.

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Firefighter Island #2 (Mile 59.5)
Buncombe County, United States
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