Murray Branch Picnic Area


Fish along the French Broad River or hike the nearby River Ridge Loop Trail. Walkway to accessible fishing pier. Picnic shelter and grills are available (no fee or reservation). This area closes for the year on October 31st and reopens April 1st.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: This recreation area is closed between the hours of 10:00PM and 6:00AM.
Open Season: April 1, 2015
Restrictions: Possessing alcoholic beverages, camping and overnight parking are prohibited.
Closest Towns: Hot Springs
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: USDA Forest Service the district office phone number is (828) 689-9694

General Information


From Hot Springs take U.S. 25/70W across the bridge, turn left at the end of the bridge, then right on SR 1304. Go 4 miles.

General Notes:

Appalachian Ranger District
District Ranger, Matthew McCombs
632 Manor Road
Mars Hill, NC 28754
(828) 689-9694 

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