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Blue Heron Whitewater

35 Little Pine Rd, Marshall, NC 28753-9512
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Fun Day on the River

While on our girls trip to NC, my friend and I decided to go white water rafting. The Blue Heron... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Dayna L
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My Birthday Adventure...

My husband and I chose to go white water rafting as one of my birthday adventures during our... read more

Reviewed April 23, 2018
Angela I
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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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35 Little Pine Rd, Marshall, NC 28753-9512
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

While on our girls trip to NC, my friend and I decided to go white water rafting. The Blue Heron Whitewater Adventure seemed perfect. When we arrived we were checked in immediately and were given instructions on safety and the dos and don’ts of rafting....More

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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for the opportunity to respond! We're sorry to hear this experience didn't entirely meet your expectations. We are always striving to connect with the wide range of our guests needs and interests. Thanks for rafting with us!

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Reviewed April 23, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I chose to go white water rafting as one of my birthday adventures during our Mountain Vacation! We chose the BEST company! Everyone was so kind and despite being overweight I had no complications! Everything fit! Our guide Jordan was the Greatest...More

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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2018

Glad you enjoyed the trip and thanks for including us in your birthday celebration. Hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed April 15, 2018 via mobile

I went with six other people as a part of our Young Adult Bible Study group retreat. This was by far the best time I’ve had whitewater rafting! Our guide, Wagz, was the best guide I’ve ever had! He was extremely knowledgeable and humble!! He...More

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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2018

Great! Glad you had a good trip and hope to see you all again soon. Wagz says hi. Thanks!

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Reviewed January 28, 2018 via mobile

My two young adult kids and I surprised my husband by taking him whitewater rafting for the first time as a family! We had an experienced guide and it made us feel at ease. The weather was pretty ugly, no sunshine, which made it seem...More

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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded February 2, 2018

Glad you had a good time despite the weather. Thanks for rafting with us and hope to see you again in 2018.

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Reviewed October 27, 2017 via mobile

I can’t say enough positive things ! We were in Asheville for 2 days and did the half day trip with lunch. We were fortunate to have beautiful weather and I didn’t know what to expect since I haven’t been rafting. This company had the...More

Thank Colleen P
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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2017

Well thank you for going down the river with us. We really appreciate it. Glad you had a good trip and hope to see you again soon. And thanks for writing a review. Doug will be happy to hear you a good time.

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Reviewed October 13, 2017 via mobile

Sandy was a great river guide. Had a great time rafting through the river and enjoying the rapids and scenery. A must do adventure for anyone

Thank Elizabeth D
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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded October 15, 2017

Thanks for coming with us. Glad you had a good time and hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed October 5, 2017

First, we were thrilled that Blue Heron offered trips on a day when the other outfits were closed. So, major kudos on that! It's obviously a well-run organization -- they're on-time, safety is important, communication is great, etc. I also appreciated how they offer last-minute...More

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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2017

Hi and thanks for your feedback. Glad you had a good trip overall, and sorry you were somewhat disappointed with the guide in your raft. We feel like sharing the history of the area, the plants, the animals, the geology, the ideas and theories behind...More

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Reviewed September 21, 2017 via mobile

Today my husband and I did a half day whitewater trip with Jordan who proved to be a top notch guide. It was my 1st time and even though I was a little apprehensive, Jordan's expertise made me feel comfortable! I would highly recommend Blue...More

Thank Nancy M
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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2017

Great! Glad you had a good trip. The full day trip is even better. The more time on the river the better if you ask us. Thanks again for rafting with us and I'll pass your comments along to Jordan. Hope to see you again...More

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Reviewed August 31, 2017

6 women ages 64 and 65 rafted with Alexis on 28AUG2017. She was superb! We laughed, we paddled, and we had a grand time! We were all first time river rafters and Alexis (and the entire staff) did a great job. Would highly recommend! Thanks!

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Reviewed August 30, 2017

We had a group of 13 enjoy rafting and kayaking on the French Broad.  All loved it!  Four did the calm run which was very scenic and peaceful.  Our guide (so sorry, can't remember her name) was friendly and very knowledgeable about the area and...More

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Response from ncdeb73 | Reviewed this property |
I would call the outfitter and ask. I will say, please note that in whitewater rafting there is some physicality involved. You are expected to paddle, not just ride. Keep that in mind. The guides at Blue Heron are great... More
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Response from Watauga K | Reviewed this property |
We used Blue Heron Outfitters on The French Broad, They put in at a common picnic area local access, and take out at the Old Historical House on the Hill.
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