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Blue Heron Whitewater

Marshall, NC, USA
About Blue Heron Whitewater
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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Tasia B wrote a review May 2021
Raleigh, North Carolina18 contributions1 helpful vote
We did the “all day with lunch” trip. Sydney was our guide and she was fantastically authentic. She had a great personality and was able to vibe well with our group without giving off that “try hard” energy. The rapids were class 1-3 throughout the the trip with 15 seconds of class 4 at the end. Definitely great for kids, beginners, or someone looking to just have a fun day. They had a good variety of food at lunch (sandwiches, oranges, hummus, chips, Oreos). 13/10 would recommend having Sydney has your guide.
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Date of experience: May 2021
Kaylee Pompilio wrote a review Mar 2021
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We were doubtful at first if we would have a good time because of how cold it was supposed to be but they provided gear for us to wear and we were not cold at all. I loved that they provided this for us because being super cold is never fun. Aside from that, our tour guides were awesome!! They explained everything and made us feel super safe. This was the best experience we have had!!! It was super fun and you can't beat the views. It was beautiful. I was loving it the whole time. We all wished we would've done the full day tour. Definitely a must do. Also they were very covid safe (the safest we have seen on our trip) 10/10 experience.
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Date of experience: March 2021
Ashley S wrote a review Oct 2020
Chicago, Illinois124 contributions100 helpful votes
This is for beginners. I went white water rafting one other time in Colorado. This was level 2/3. Easy. We unfortunately had to pay for a 3rd person (we had 2 in our party), due to covid/their business is prob down so have at least 3 people because $50 per person is reasonable but $75 was a lot for only being on the water for 1 hr. We arrived at 130pm and left at 4pm. My mom's first time and she liked it but wanted it to be longer. We paid for a two hr trip but was only on the river half the time... Everyone I talked to on the same bus also agreed it was too short. We should raft back to the spot. The water was a bit higher due to rain so that is why our trip went faster. The staff was nice. Not pushy on giving them ratings or tips which I appreciated! My mom had a good time with it being her first time and had no idea what to expect!
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Date of experience: October 2020
2 Helpful votes
ochilinda wrote a review Oct 2020
Asheville, North Carolina8 contributions
I’m in my car heading back from out white water rafting trip and didn’t want to wait to write my review because it was good in every aspect . An amazing experience , fun , entertaining , exiting , with great equipment , in the best river and with the best guide an instructor we could have . They are also very careful with social distancing and safety rules . So I give it 100 points . Thank you to our super extraordinary and fun guide Thomas Wagner !!
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Date of experience: October 2020
Hendrika R wrote a review Aug 2020
16 contributions13 helpful votes
We had a wonderful time white water rafting. Wags made sure everyone was safe. Good social distancing with masks. We had our own guide Val in our boat of 4. The rapids were fun and exciting. We even got a moment to jump out the boat and swim. Making it a lovely day on the water!! Thank you Blue Heron Whitewater for creating a memorable experience for our family.
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Date of experience: August 2020
1 Helpful vote