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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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Our visit actually improved the rest of our trip!

My fiance and I were planning a trip to Asheville and I was in charge of finding some awesome things for us to do. We were both interested in whitewater rafting and after some... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2015
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Boca Raton, Florida
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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

My fiance and I were planning a trip to Asheville and I was in charge of finding some awesome things for us to do. We were both interested in whitewater rafting and after some extensive research browsing many different company's websites, we chose to go with Blue Heron Whitewater on a full day (8 mile) trip. Best choice ever! It... More 

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

Hi and thanks for rafting with us. And thanks for writing a review. We really appreciate it. Glad to hear you had a good time on the river and that Drew and Dan were able to give you some good recommendations for the rest of you time in Asheville and Western North Carolina. Hope to see you again soon. More 

St. Petersburg, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

If you're interested in rafting the French Broad, call Sandy at Blue Heron. She is very friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. A full-day trip cost $68 and included several hours on the river in class II to IV rapids, a stop for lunch, a professional and informative guide (thank you Drew) and plenty of borrowed wet suit gear to insure our... More 

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

Hi and thanks for rafting with us! Glad you had fun on the river with Drew. He's very entertaining (and a new dad). The full day trip is a great way to spend time on the river and in these old mountains. We also offer half-day rides if you find yourself with less time available for rafting. Thanks again for... More 

Marietta, Georgia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Our family of four just spent a morning half-day trip on the river and had an amazing time. Our kids (11 and 9 yrs old) got really wet going in the front of the raft -which they loved- and got really good at paddling and helping with the maneuvering of the raft. The weather was overcast and about 55 degrees,... More 

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

We love it when kids have a great / wet time on the river. We want their experience to be as positive as possible. Actually, we want everyone's experience to be as positive as possible. That's why we have tons of cool weather gear to loan out (at no extra charge). Being warm makes all the difference. Now it's getting... More 

new albany, indiana
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54 reviews 54 reviews
24 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

My son and I went rafting on March 26th, 2015. We called a day before to schedule and they fit us in. They are very safety conscious and did a really good job of explaining the dos and don't as well as rafting techniques. The rapids were a lot of fun. The cost was around $45, but they also provided... 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 writing a review. We appreciate you taking the time out of your day to do that. Yes, it's nice to have those extra layers on a cool morning. It can really make a difference. Hope to see you on the river with us again soon. Thanks again. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

This place was very professional and so much fun! The guides really know the river and the area. They let you borrow all the gear you need for free. This is the BEST choice for whitewater rafting in the Asheville area.

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

Hi Tressa and thanks for the review. We really appreciate you taking the time to write. And thanks to you and the gang for spending some of your spring break rafting with us. Hope you have a great year. Come visit in the summer. We'd love to see you again. More 

Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

My four kids & I loved the day. It was our first time to raft, and we'll definately make it a tradition. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the river and history of the area. I was totally impressed with her simple & effective instructions. We loved it!

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

Hi Caroline and thanks for rafting with us. We really appreciate your business and the time you took to write a review. Hope to see you again soon. More 

Marshall, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Blue Heron is locally owned and totally focused on providing great trips on the beautiful French Broad River. They are easy to work with, convenient to Asheville and go out of the way to provide an enjoyable outing for your family or group.

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

Thanks for writing a review. You pretty much hit the nail on the head as to our goals. Thanks again and hope to see you on the river in 2015! More 

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

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

Thanks for coming down the river with us. It was a beautiful day and you guys are an inspiration to all of us. Though we hope to see you soon and often, guess we might have to wait for the water to warm up. THANKS! More 

Tampa, Florida
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48 reviews 48 reviews
27 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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 

2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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 

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