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Address: 35 Little Pine Rd, Marshall, NC 28753-9512
Phone Number: 888-426-7238
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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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Great way to spend the day!

The staff was very knowledgable about the river and history of the surrounding area. I loved the special attention to safety and the staff commitment to making sure that everyone... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Leslie S
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West Lafayette, Indiana
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West Lafayette, Indiana
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The staff was very knowledgable about the river and history of the surrounding area. I loved the special attention to safety and the staff commitment to making sure that everyone on the trip had a great time. The gift shop had a good variety of quality shirts and hats and the shower area was very clean. Super fun day topped... More 

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Thank Leslie S
BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this review

The history of the area, along with it's natural beauty, are a big part of why we all love the French Broad. Toss in some fun and splashy rapids and you've got a recipe for a great day on the river. Thanks for going down the river with us and hope to see you again soon. More 

Folly Beach, South Carolina
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

So much fun! Kids had a super good time and my nephew ended up extending to the full day. Such beautiful scenery and guides were excellent as well. You can tell they love what they do.

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

Glad you all had a good trip and that your nephew was able to extend his trip. And it's true, we really do love what we do. Thanks again for choosing us as your river guides. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the full-day trip which includes some bigger rapids after lunch. I've done about a dozen other whitewater rafting trips and thought Blue Heron did a great job!. Ian was a terrific guide and a lot of fun. The rapids on this river are big enough to be exciting but not too big for new rafters and families. Of... More 

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

Glad you had a good trip. That's one of the great things about the French Broad: it's great fun for a wide variety of experience levels. Thanks for the review and look forward to our next river trip together. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The people at Blue Heron are great! They are really easy to work with and a lot of fun. They go out of their way to make sure that everyone has their needs met, and that everyone has a great time! We had whitewater rafted before, so this river was a little slow for us, but really super for first... More 

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

The full day trip is great, and the class IV a lot of fun. If you want to up the fun meter a bit next time dry a duck. They're great fun and add a bit of adventure to the trip. They are water level dependent though. If the water is too high we can't take them. But glad to... More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I did the half day trip with my mother and we had a blast! Guide (I think his name was Doug if I remember correctly) was very knowledgable about the history of the area, the wildlife, and the river. The rapids were fun but not too intense. I would highly recommend this for anyone visiting the Asheville area!

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

Thanks for the recommendation and review. It is much appreciated. Glad you had a good time on the river and hope you'll return soon. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was my boyfriend and I's first experience rafting and it was absolutely amazing. Great views, great staff, and very affordable. The staff were very accommodating, knowledgable about the river and sights along the way and entertaining, making the trip down the river much more enjoyable. I'd recommend them to everyone in a heartbeat.

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

HI! We're really glad you had a good trip down the river. We appreciate your business and thank you for your recommendation. Hope to see you again! More 

Fort Lauderdale, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a very good afternoon on the French Broad River. The company is super organized, they have top quality equipment, our guide was excellent, they also invest a lot into a safety video and speech. The river was very beautiful and our guide (Malcolm) was excellent. He did whatever he could to make our day a great one, he... More 

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

Glad you had a great day on the river. I will certainly pass your comments along to Malcolm. He'll be glad to hear you had a good trip. Thanks again for rafting with us and hope to see you again soon. More 

Wake Forest, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on the 1/2 day trip that included lunch. The entire staff was friendly and most helpful - we had a blast! They didn't even ask for a tip at the end of the trip which was a nice surprise not to be pressured :)

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

Hi and glad to hear you had a good trip down the river. Our policy toward tipping is that it is never mentioned, never expected, and always appreciated. The unexpected tip is a more sincere comment on the job done. Thanks again for rafting with us and hope to see you again soon. More 

Miami, Florida
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a wonderful time rafting today with the family at Blue Heron. They had everything we needed for supplies and last minute stuff.I forgot to bring water shoes and luckily they had extra shoes the people left behind at no charge for me to wear. All the staff was very friendly and informative. Our guide Nick was nice and funny.... More 

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

Glad you had a good time and hope you come back with the family soon. We consider ourselves to be a family here at Blue Heron too. Thanks again! More 

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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did a morning half day rafting trip with BHW and we all had a really great time. We were there with our two boys( 12 and 10) and felt very safe. We decided on the great reviews at Trip adviser to go with that company. They were very organized and positive and funny. Our guide was Malcolm and he... More 

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

We're glad you had a good day on the river and appreciate the review. Reviews really help us out a lot. I will pass along your comments to Malcolm and the rest of the BHW crew. Thanks again and hope to see you on the river again soon. More 

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