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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
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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Miami Beach, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

My family of 4 (two kids 7 and 10) went on an afternoon rafting adventure. We had a fantastic time out. Everybody that works at the Blue Heron are extremely professional and just plain FUN! We loved our time there and will definitely head there on our next trip to the area. I highly recommend taking time out of your... More

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

Thanks for rafting with us. We really appreciate it, and thanks for taking the time to write a review. We have a great crew of fun guides who pride themselves on doing a professional job. Hope to see you again this year. More

Orlando, Florida
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62 reviews 62 reviews
13 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Two of us went whitewater rafting with one of the owners and we were the only people on the river that day! It was a cold day in April, 2013 but we were dressed in wetsuits and had a fantastic 5 mile experience. Definitely recommend them for a fun experience!

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

We have heard it said that there in no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing. And this is true (to a point). We have wet suits, neoprene socks and gloves, fleece tops, splash jackets and splash pants. And for after the trip: hot showers, hot coffee, and hot chocolate. Why, you might ask, do we provide all this... More

Duncan, South Carolina
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93 reviews 93 reviews
23 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

My company came here for a team building event in July. We did a half-day trip with Blue Heron. The staff was VERY friendly and helpful. The trip was mostly small stuff, but we had some people new to rafting, so that was okay. Our trip included lunch served on the river bank during the trip. This was very well... More

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

Thanks for coming rafting with us for your team building. The team part of rafting is one of the things we like best about the sport. Working together, balancing strengths, communication. All this makes for a better trip on the river. And education. About the environment, history of the area, reading the currents, and how to drive a raft. We... More

Jacksonville, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013 via mobile

I have rafted all over the US and this is one of the best outfitters I have experienced. They are all about customer service. When visiting the Asheville area this is an excellent way to spend quality family time.

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

Thanks for rafting with us and thanks very much for your comments and review. The many, many years we've been leading river trips have only continued to reinforce our philosophy that even though a nice and clean building is important, and good guides are important, and a good fresh lunch is important, and even though these things are all part... More

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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Our Y-Guides tribe took a trip down the French Broad river with Blue Heron and had a great time. Our guide, "Wild Man Jack," got us safely through the rapids while having a fun time. The river-side lunch of grilled burgers and hot dogs was perfect. Upon return to the rafting company, we took hot showers, then they lead us... 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. We look forward to the Y-Guides trips all year. The trips are always great fun with lots of positive energy and laughter. It's great fun to see the photos after the trip too, as there are always some interesting facial expressions caught on film. Thanks again, we really appreciate... More

Raleigh, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

On Friday, I took my 9 year old daughter on a trip with the local YMCA-Guides with Blue Heron on the French Broad. I have some experience on the New and Gauley as well as canoeing on the Chatooga with Outward Bound and NOC. I think Class VI in West Virginia and NOC do a great job at all levels,... More

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

We love the Y-Guides trips. Such great fun and positive energy. Glad you had a good time on the river. The fact that folks of different experience levels all have a fun time together is one of the many things we like about rafting on the French Broad River. Thanks for rafting with us and thanks for your comments. I... More

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Great trip with good company. Owners and guides very serious about what they do and making sure everyone is safe and having fun. Good prices on everything, even pics at end of day. Felt like we were all a bunch of friends at end of day. Sandy, one of the owners was on our trip, and she rocked it. Great... More

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

Glad to hear you had a good trip and thanks for writing a review. Sandy and the other two owners (including me) have been rafting on the French Broad for 20 - 30+ years. This is our career and we do take it seriously. We realize that there are a multitude of reasons folks want to go down the river... More

Houston, Texas, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

I have been whitewater rafting in other areas of the US but had never been to NC. We were visiting and staying with friends in Asheville. I looked online at the rafting outfits in the area and read each of their websites. Since we had one person in the group that had never been rafting I wanted to find a... More

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

We're very glad you chose to go rafting with us and that you had a good and memorable day on the river. It is very important to us, as I'm sure it is for all of our guests, to find the balance of fun and safety. And over the years (decades actually) that we've been leading rafting trips we have... More

Vero Beach, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Instructors were knowledgeable and we all felt safe. Helmets were provided and wet weather gear and/or wetsuits were also available for no extra charge. In addition to the white water rafting, as we were in the bus to/from the spot where we put in, the guide gave us history and information about the area that was very interesting. Enjoyable day!

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

Thanks for rafting with us and for writing a review. We're glad you had a good time. We love to share not only our love of rafting and being on the river, but to also what we've learned over the years about the beauty and history of Western North Carolina. Hope to see you on the river with us again.... More

Hollywood, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Our first time whitewater rafting and we had picked the best company. We had an awesome time (Thanks Wags). Did the all day trip which was well worth it. Great river, great guide and beautiful surrounding. We went a couple of days later with another company on another river - but honestly this was one of the highlights of our... More

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

Thank you very much. We really appreciate you taking the time to write a review and are happy to hear you had a good trip. Wags does a great job on and off the river and loves sharing his love and enthusiasm for the outdoors in general and the French Broad River in particular. Glad to hear you chose the... More

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