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Blue Heron Whitewater

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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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Very good experience. Professionals first and foremost. We had one of the owners (Sandy) as our guide. She was super personable and knowledgeable about how to handle a group... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Raleigh
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Very good experience. Professionals first and foremost. We had one of the owners (Sandy) as our guide. She was super personable and knowledgeable about how to handle a group. I would have liked to have had a little more history and story-telling and a little bit less of the guiding directions. It was low-key but constant. Still a pleasant experience.... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

BHW did an outstanding job of guiding our group on the French Broad. The team clearly likes what they do and had great knowledge of the local area and history. I would recommend these guys to anyone interested in rafting - Ian was our guide and he was great.

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Chesterton, Indiana
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

BHW is an excellent rafting group. We just came off the French Broad with them after the first full-day in a while. Water was up!! BHW pays much attention to safety, and Josh and Bobby know how to run that river. Thanks guys!!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Really can't say enough on what a great experience this was. Took my two boys, ages 8 and 12, and they can't wait to go again. Ian was a terrific guide and very patient with us newbies. The half day afternoon trip was about 2 hours on the river. We will be coming back to do the full day trip.... More 

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

Thanks! We appreciate you going down the river with us. We'll pass your comments along to Ian and hope to see you again soon. More 

Laurens, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Very professional outfitter. Strong emphasis on safety. Personable guides. Excellent knowledge of river, rapids but also geography & history. Fun day of class 1-3 rapids for entire family. Will go with this team again.

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

Hi and thanks for coming down the river with us. We really appreciate it and hope to see you again soon. And thanks for writing a review. More 

Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

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 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

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

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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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

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

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 

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