French Broad River, a river of North Carolina and Tennessee, rising in Transylvania co. of the former state, near the foot of the Blue Ridge, flowing N. W. into Tennessee, bending toward the S. W, and discharging into Holston river 4 m. above Knoxville. It is about 200 m. long, and is navigable by steamboats as far as Dandridge, Jefferson co., Tenn. For about 40 m. from Asheville to the Tennessee line, it is remarkable for its beautiful scene-ry, flowing through deep mountain gorges, or overhung by cliffs. Nearly opposite the Warm Springs, in Madison co., N. C., are precipices known as the Chimneys and the Painted Rocks. The latter, which are between 200 and 300 ft. high, derive their name from some Indian pictures still to be seen on them.