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Address: 35 Little Pine Road, Marshall, NC 28753
Phone Number: 888-426-7238
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Description: Closest whitewater rafting outfitter to Asheville, NC. Blue Heron...
Closest whitewater rafting outfitter to Asheville, NC. Blue Heron Whitewater offers a variety of trips on the French Broad River. Choose the trip that fits your group and schedule. Half Day Trips enjoy 5 miles, with class II-III rapids. Full Day Trips add 3 more miles, a delicious deli-style lunch served riverside, and a class IV rapid. Minimum age for whitewater trips is 8. Float Trips are offered for families with kids as young as 4 and for those looking for a scenic float trip through the beautiful Southern Appalachian Mountains. On the river you are no longer a spectator!Come visit our new solar-powered outpost with hot showers, free wet suit use in cool weather and the most experienced guides on the river.
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Fantastic experience for the whole family!

We booked our trip today at the last minute as we were passing through the area. There was a cancellation so we were the lucky four! The guides were very friendly, knowledgable... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

We booked our trip today at the last minute as we were passing through the area. There was a cancellation so we were the lucky four! The guides were very friendly, knowledgable, and helpful. The company was extremely professional and well-run. My two sons and I went down the river in ducks and my husband went in a raft. We... More 

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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this review

Glad we were able to get you on the river with us. We hate having to turn people away. Ducks really are great fun and hope to see you on the river with us again soon. Thanks! More 

North Carolina
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Two friends and I took the afternoon trip which had class III and IV rapids. Fritz offered the experience of floating through a rapid out of the boat....big fun! Just remember to keep your feet pointing ahead and out of the water. There was a rock for jumping for those a bit more adventurous. Fritz and the entire Blue Heron... More 

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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this review

Thanks for coming rafting with us! It is much appreciated. Nobody loves the French Broad River more then Fritz. Hope to see you on the river. More 

Iowa City
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Awesome team running this business. Great gear and an emphasis on safety while having a great time. Plan to go with them again next time I get to Asheville. Next time I will take the "duck" all the way!

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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this review

Ducks are great fun! Thanks for coming rafting with and hope to see you again soon. More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

I went rafting on the French Broad River with my teenage daughter and her friend on a really hot summer day. Actually, I took the lazy way and rafted, but my teenagers took the duckies. Laura was the head guide and I must say she was one of the best I've ever experienced. We had the safety talk and some... More 

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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this review

Thanks for rafting with us. We really appreciate it. Low water can be challenging, but actually some of the rapids get bigger and the drops can be steeper. It's always fun, and right now the water is very warm. Thanks for writing a review! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I was a little afraid because of my age (64) and a bad experience 20 years ago on a rafting excursion, but this trip exceeded all my expectations. The staff was extremely knowledgeable about the French Broad River and treated everyone in the group like they were VIP's. We did the morning half trip with lunch, and it was spread... More 

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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this review

Glad you had a good trip! Your review pretty much sums up why we love the French Broad, and why we are so excited to share it with folks. Thanks for coming with us, and really hope to see you again soon. More 

5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

These people are the best , we'll organized trip experience I have ever been on. If you can't have a good time with them something is wrong with you. Seriously, they were all patient , attentive , and have quality gear. Their guides are so.excited of the best you'll ever encounter and they want you to have a safe ,... More 

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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this review

Thanks for going down the river with us. We're lucky to have such a talented, enthusiastic, and capable staff. Hope to see you again soon. More 

Hollywood, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Marshall is not far from Asheville. Blue Heron runs a tight ship, from reservations to equipment to safety checks to photography. We watched a safety film moderated by an excellent teacher, Sandy, then got in our gear. I had foolishly worn earrings and rings (first timer) and the counter ladies were really nice in encouraging me to lock them in... More 

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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this review

We really love seeing families enjoying themselves on the river. Multiple generations are not uncommon with everybody smiling and enjoying each others company. Today a gentleman came rafting with us who is 81. He even jumped off the rock! What an inspiration. Thanks for coming down the river with us! We'd love to see you again. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

What a fabulous day - a full day trip - down the French Broad. We hit some awesome Rapids, saw an eagle, blue heron and other fish and birds. our guide is very experienced and told us so much about the history of this lovely River. My husband went solo on the Duck raft down class II and class IV... More 

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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this review

Glad to hear you had a good trip! Thanks for coming with us and hope you return soon. Free-flowing rivers like the French Broad are never the same twice. And thanks for the review. We really appreciate it. More 

Greenwood, South Carolina
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Amazing afternoon! Very professional and courteous service! If you are a beginner and are looking for an exciting rafting experience this is a great trip on The French Broad River! Did the half day trip and it was exciting and relaxing!

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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this review

Glad you had a good afternoon on the river! Like you said, the French Broad is a great combination of exciting and relaxing. Thanks for coming with us. We really appreciate it. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

family of eight ,mainly first-timers, rafted in 2 boats, water levels were low so very appropriate. Weather was gorgeous ,guides( from UNC,asheville) were courteous,and wonderful. The trip is a must do if in the area! fabulous landscape, nestled in a scenic part of the Blue ridge Mountains; company very professional and had a good knowledge of the area. Soaked up... More 

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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this review

Glad you had a good trip! The French Broad is a great combination of fun rapids, gorgeous scenery, and fascinating history. Thanks for coming with us and thanks for the review. More 

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Address: 35 Little Pine Road, Marshall, NC 28753
Phone Number: 888-426-7238
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Marshall
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

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