Amenities

An elevated experience, preserved just for you

Few places on Earth deliver both the natural and man–made amenities that French Broad Crossing provides families. This is a treasure trove of outdoor activities onsite for both young and old: fishing, rafting, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, four–wheeling, and more. Within our gates lies a multi–faceted lifestyle that is deeply gratifying. In a welcomed departure from most mountain communities, French Broad Crossing's developer constructed the community's amenities before the first residents arrived–to be enjoyed immediately. They include: the rustic River Lodge, the Wellness Facility and Pool, the Riverfront Family Park, the Tree House, and of course, the French Broad River itself, courtesy of Mother Nature. In addition, all members at French Broad Crossing will enjoy reciprocal privileges at our sister community—the Preserve at Little Pine—which is just down the road, and offers a number of amenities and natural wonders that your family will treasure.

All residents of French Broad Crossing enjoy the use of our magnificent River Lodge. This beautiful timber–frame facility—with large boulders found onsite and used as its base—was constructed using the latest green building techniques. Local artisans, stone masons, carpenters, and blacksmiths created the details and finishes that give the stately lodge its rustic and natural character. Here, the gourmet Viking kitchen, generous gathering area, and outdoor covered fireplace invite get–togethers with friends, family, and neighbors with a grand patio overlooking a section of Class–3 rapids on the French Broad River. In addition, attached to the River Lodge is a fully equipped Wellness Center and Olympic Sized Pool.

Down by Sandy Bottoms Rapid of the French Broad River sits some of the most precious North Carolina mountain real estate the entire region has to offer. It's an ideal meeting place for small gatherings or family picnics. The French Broad River Park and Pavilion provides easy access to these waters, whether you're trying your hand at fly fishing, kayaking, white-water rafting, or tubing. Play a game of horseshoes or volleyball, then fire up the grill by the covered picnic pavilion and enjoy a leisurely cookout by the river. The local rafters tend to take a break at the River Park, relieving themselves from the exhilarating Class–3 rapids. Here you can get a taste of what it must be like to ride one of the oldest rivers in the world, as they stop for lunch preparing themselves for what lies ahead up the river.

Take in the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains at the rustic Tree House. This inviting amenity was constructed by skilled craftsmen using local materials to make a wonderful gathering place for those who appreciate peaceful mountain serenity. Hidden deep in The Bluffs, The Tree House offers an outdoor fireplace with plenty of covered and open space for residents and friends to congregate. Bring some steaks and your favorite beverage and enjoy a cookout with a great view.

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. When the river formed about 300 million years ago, North America was still attached to the Pangaea supercontinent and the first dinosaurs had yet to appear. As the continent buckled on its eastern edge to thrust up the new Appalachian Range, the river channeled and twisted through the mountains.

For us, the river is more than a geographical marker or landscape feature, it's central to French Broad Crossing's unique identity and way of life. The community's River Lodge, as well as many property lots, overlook this still vital watercourse. Today, the French Broad River is a popular destination for outdoor sports of all kind. 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.