Murray Branch Picnic Area

Area Status: Open

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).


At a Glance

Operational Hours:  When on season, this recreation area is closed between the hours of 10:00PM and 6:00AM. This area, including restrooms and gate access, will close for the season on October 31st and will reopen April 1st.
Open Season: First of April - End of October
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
632 Manor Road
Mars Hill, NC 28754
(828) 689-9694 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


River and Stream Fishing

Fishing on the French Broad River is available

Day Hiking


Group Picnicking

Offers group picnicing area.

Boating - Non-Motorized