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Blue Heron Whitewater

35 Little Pine Road, Marshall, NC 28753
888-426-7238
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Ranked #2 of 8 attractions in Marshall
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Water sports
Owner description: Closest whitewater rafting outfitter to Asheville, NC. Blue Heron Whitewater offers a variety of trips on the French Broad River. Choose the trip that... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We had 17 family members to go white water rafting with Blue Heron. From the moment we arrived the service was great. Very knowledgeable staff with great customer service skills. Our group had a outstanding experience and would highly recommend for groups of all ages to try. Max, Matt, and Sandy were all fantastic guides that knew a lot about... More

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

Groups like yours are great fun. They have a great, fun energy that is contagious and makes the smiles, laughter and good times nonstop. We love going down the river with big groups because of that fun energy. Small, intimate groups are great too. Just a different kind of energy. We can accommodate almost any size group. From 2 to... More

New Jersey
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95 reviews 95 reviews
32 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I've rafted many times and can say this was an absolutely top-quality company with moderate prices. Their equipment was all in great condition, and staff extremely attentive. Their safety lecture along with a safety video are almost enough to scare a beginner ...I have slightly mixed feelings about the tone, but it's clear they want people to have fun while... More

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

Thank you for joining us on the river and for writing such a thorough review. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience and thoughts. We really feel that we have an extraordinary group of friends working with us. Most have decades of experience on not only the French Broad River, but also rivers throughout the US... More

Greenville, South Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

My family's second white water rafting trip, and definitely the best so far. From the moment we walked up to the sign in desk we were treated like family. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful. I was very impressed with the safety presentation video and chat session we had before we got on the river. We felt... More

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

Thank you! We really appreciate you rafting with us. And thanks for writing a review. We try to pay attention to the whole days experience. From check-in, to the safety video, to warm showers our priority is the guest experience. Attention to detail is one of our goals. Thanks again and please join us again. More

Pulaski, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We booked with Blue Heron Whitewater for the price but discovered they were a great outfitter. The people were very nice and knowledgeable. We did the half day with lunch and enjoyed it very much. The river was up due to some rain. This is a fun river especially for beginners and children. I highly recommend this place, but if... More

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

Thanks for coming down the river with us! We really appreciate it. We also really appreciate you taking the time to write a review. We like the fact that the French Broad is a river trip that can appeal to a wide range of experience levels. Fun, moderate rapids, beautiful scenery and interesting history. The French Broad River is a... More

Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We booked with BHW because of the good reviews and they weren't as expensive as others. I haven't tried the others, but I don't see how the trip could've been better. These guides are the real deal, tons of experience. My wife, 12 year old daughter, and 17 year old son had a great time on their first rafting trip.... More

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

We are very grateful for all the positive feedback. Our goal is to make the guest experience our top priority. The French Broad is a great first time river rafting trip, but is also fun for those folks with more experience. At certain water levels we can offer inflatable kayaks and it's always great to spend a day floating down... More

north carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This was our second time rafting as a family, but first time in NC. BHW is a great operation, and check-in was smooth. We did the 1/2 day afternoon trip, and the weather was perfect! Our group had about 6 rafts and about 6 Ducks. They have a nice instruction/safety briefing first, and then we headed out to the river.... More

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

Thanks for coming back and rafting with us again. We really appreciate it. Glad to hear Max and Wags took good care of you. They both do a really great job, and as you said, they love doing it. And glad you liked the photos. It's always great fun to see all those genuinely happy and smiling faces. Thanks again... More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The rapids on the French Broad River are natural and not dam fed so I know it depends on rainfall but even thou these rapids were classified as 2-3 these were more like 1-2. We rafted the Nantahala and those were REAL 3 rapids--big rush but the Nantahala was much colder at a year round water temp of 45 degrees... More

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

Thanks for writing a review. We really appreciate your feedback. It's true that the French Broad is a free-flowing river and the size and style of rapids is determined by the amount of rain the watershed has gotten. Sometimes the rapids get bigger with higher water, and sometimes they wash out and get smaller. And this is one of the... More

virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

My husband and I took our 11 year old grandson on a wonderful trip down the French Broad with Blue Heron. It was a great day filled with just enough exciting whitewater, scenery and sunshine! The riverside deli lunch hit the spot after a morning of paddling. Our guide was quite knowledgeable and made us feel very safe! Great family... More

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

Thanks for coming with us! We love seeing different generations enjoying some quality river time together. It can be a real bonding experience. We really love the French Broad Rivers combination of scenery, fun rapids, and fascinating history. To us it makes the trip richer and more multidimensional. Thanks again and hope to see you again soon. And thanks for... More

Merritt Island, Florida
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6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

I did my homework before choosing Blue Heron and there are a few rafting vendors in the Asheville area so here's why I thought Blue Heron was a great choice. It is owned and operated by locals who have been working in the business of whitewater rafting for 20+ some years. The BH raft guides are awesome and they make... More

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

So glad you had a good time with us on the river, and thanks for writing such a thorough review. We really appreciate it. We strive to find the right fit for folks with different skill levels and/or adrenaline needs. Some folks like the social aspect of the raft, and some folks like the little bit of extra excitement you... More

Spartanburg, South Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Great way to spend the day. Just as everyone else said, clean restrooms and showers and great guides. They also have very well priced pictures available at the end of the trip! Will be planning another trip soon.

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

Glad you had a good day on the river! Our goal is that the whole experience for the guest be positive. From making a reservation to the camaraderie of the end of trip photo show. The focus is on you. Thanks for rafting with us and look forward to seeing you again soon. More

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