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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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Waynesville, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

We had a fantastic rafting trip today with Blue Heron! The water was a perfect temp-not cold yet! We took our 22 year old son with intellectual disabilities and Blue Heron staff did a super job keeping him safe and making sure he enjoyed the trip. He had a big smile the whole time we were in the raft! We... More

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Tampa, Florida
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26 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Visited BRT on sep 23. Wow, what a class act business and operation. I had an amazing day. We took the extended 8 mile tour. Wages was our river guide, he has a great personality and is very articulate and we'll versed. He is full of knowledge and keeps the stories going. We knows this river like the back of... More

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

Hi and thanks for coming rafting with us. We really appreciate it. And thanks for writing a review. We appreciate that too. We will pass your comments along to Wags. He certainly has a lot of energy and does a great job. Thanks again and hope to see you again soon. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 via mobile

Everything with blue heron gets 5 stars- great value, excellent staff, personal service, beautiful photos to take home, clean facility with hot showers, and of course fantastic memories of day on the river together. We have rafted with other companies before but will make them our first choice for rafting the French Broad. Thanks!

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

That's what we like to hear: "...fantastic memories of a day on the river together." That is so important to us. Sharing a day on the river with new friends. Fun, smiles, beauty and connections. One of the main reasons we do this, and continue to do this, year after year. Thank you and please visit again soon. More

Simpsonville, South Carolina
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56 reviews 56 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This is a class operation that does a great job of making sure you're safe - and have the best possible time on the river. The outpost facility is awesome - with large restrooms, including separate private showers with hot water and private changing areas. They were very clean and accomodating. If you don't have water shoes - pick from... More

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

Hi and thanks for taking time out of your day to write a review. We really appreciate it. We also really appreciate you going down the river with us. Glad to hear you had a good trip. The three owners here have over a hundred years of combined rafting experience and our goal is to provide our guests with an... More

Kiel, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We visited with large group! All of us had a great time and every had smiles on their faces while on the trip and when we were done. All the guides were friendly and very helpful!! Would definitely go again! We all got wet and some fell in but all were safe and no injuries.

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

We love large groups! Exactly the same amount as we love small groups. And medium groups. Each group size has its own personality, energy and charm. We just love floating down the river with smiling, happy, and excited people. What could be better. And whitewater rafting, by its very nature, is a team building sport. Thanks again for rafting with... More

Tallahassee, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

A wonderful group of people to take an adventure with. The staff was fun and knowledgeable and made the experience personal and exciting. I would have gone again that very minute if they would have let me. Wags was our guide and his personality and expertise was more than outstanding. I will be back for sure. Worth every penny and... More

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

We would have loved it if you had gone again immediately, that would have been awesome. We are so lucky to have such a great staff here. They all do such a great and conscientious job. And Wags certainly has tons of energy and experience. Thanks for rafting with us and for writing a review. We really appreciate it. Hope... More

Arlington Heights, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Our guide Doug was really helpful in getting our raft as well as the individual "duckies" through the rapids .... And he had some great stories about the history of the river and the area. The rapids were really easy, so this would be great to take younger kids. My 18 year old had a duckie and liked it a... More

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

Glad you enjoyed your trip, and the duckies are a great option at certain water levels for folks who want a little more whitewater action. Since the French Broad is a free flowing river you just never really know when the water is going to be high or low. Though it is true that the river typically runs higher in... More

Tampa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

My two friends and I went rafting as part of a girls trip. I had been before but my other two friends were new to the experience. Our guide Kim was amazing! She helped us traverse through the rapids while also helping my friend who was a bit nervous feel at ease. I would definitely raft with this company every... More

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

Yes Kim is amazing. She tells us so every day. Actually she usually uses the word "awesome". Glad you and your friend had a good time, Kim really does do an awesome job. And since we get to go rafting with a lot of novice rafters, it is important to us that they feel comfortable and assured. It is very... More

Missouri
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52 reviews 52 reviews
18 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We highly recommend Blue Heron Whitewater. My husband, teenage son, and I did the half-day trip with lunch. It was such a great time. Matt was our guide, and he did a great job of steering us and sharing river history with us. The guides are all relaxed but professional. If you've never been rafting before, don't worry. You'll get... More

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

Thanks for your high recommendation. We really appreciate it. We also appreciate you choosing us as your rafting outfitter. Many folks who come rafting with us are first time rafters and we want to make sure everyone is comfortable and well informed about what the day is going to entail. Max and the rest of the guides and staff do... More

Boca Raton, Florida
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I highly recommend white water rafting here. It was me and my boyfriends first time rafting so we were a little nervous but our guide Erik put us at ease and was INCREDIBLY fun and really knew the river. We felt completely safe with him and really enjoyed our experience. All of the guides were extremely fun and one in... More

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

Glad to hear you had a good time on the river with Eric. He has tons of experience and has been running rivers for decades (he is also an amazing carpenter). The full day trip is really awesome. Amazing scenery and views of the ancient mountains along with fun class II through IV rapids. Good splashy fun with great scenery... More

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