Researched the various outfits offering rafting trips along the French Broad. Since we were staying in Hot Springs, the positive reviews and the location in Hot Springs vs. driving out of town to other outposts was appealing. The local owner Rodney was very hospitable and made everyone comfortable. We traveled to the put in spot and quickly saw how our tour was more personal. Busloads were arriving from the other outfits. One even had over 20 rafts. Our guide Mikey got us onto the river and explained our roles to properly maneuver the raft. This wasn't his first rodeo. His knowledge of the river and calm instructions made the trip through the rapids feel safe while he was willing to take more challenging routs compared to the other outfits. He quickly had us separated from the herd and we had the river to ourselves. We passed other outfits eating lunch at their established roofed outposts. We were taken to a natural spot that allowed us to enjoy the nature along the river. The Maze is a memorable rapid but opt for the full day trip if you want to experience some larger rapids.
If you are coming in from Asheville for a rafting trip, take the extra time and drive into Hot Springs and give these guys a try. Experience the town and enjoy the scenery. If you're lucky, they may even give you some directions to some sites off the beaten path.
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