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Blue Heron Whitewater
Ranked #3 of 14 things to do in Marshall
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed August 19, 2013

Instructors were knowledgeable and we all felt safe. Helmets were provided and wet weather gear and/or wetsuits were also available for no extra charge. In addition to the white water rafting, as we were in the bus to/from the spot where we put in, the guide gave us history and information about the area that was very interesting. Enjoyable day!

Thank Linda C
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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2013

Thanks for rafting with us and for writing a review. We're glad you had a good time. We love to share not only our love of rafting and being on the river, but to also what we've learned over the years about the beauty and history of Western North Carolina.
Hope to see you on the river with us again. We're always learning new things to share with folks.
Thanks again.

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Reviewed August 14, 2013

Our first time whitewater rafting and we had picked the best company. We had an awesome time (Thanks Wags). Did the all day trip which was well worth it. Great river, great guide and beautiful surrounding. We went a couple of days later with another company on another river - but honestly this was one of the highlights of our trip. After the trip we could take a hot shower at the beginning point and the bathrooms where so clean even that we were the last once to come back. Loved it !

Thank Anja G
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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2013

Thank you very much. We really appreciate you taking the time to write a review and are happy to hear you had a good trip. Wags does a great job on and off the river and loves sharing his love and enthusiasm for the outdoors in general and the French Broad River in particular. Glad to hear you chose the full day trip. That really is a beautiful stretch of unspoilt river topped off by the fun and splashy Frank Bell's rapid. A great introduction to class IV rapids.
Hope to see you again. Being a free-flowing river, the French Broad is never the same twice.
THANKS!

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Reviewed August 13, 2013

We took a half day rafting trip with children 9 and 12 years old. We were a bit apprehensive (especially for the kids) as this was the first time we were trying white water rafting. We were given a very thorugh safety talk about what to do if one falls in the water and felt quite reasured.

We had a great time. The guides are all very friendly and especially good with kids. After the trip was done, our kids wanted to book a full day trip the very next day.

Their photographer is awesome....he took some terrific action shots that we will treasure. They have good clean facilities to shower and change after the trip. Store offers water shoes at reasonable price if you forget to bring yours.

Blue Heron is a quick drive from Asheville. I definitely would raft with them again.

Thank mud2010
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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2013

Thank you so much for rafting with us. We really appreciate you going down the river with us and trusting us with your first whitewater rafting experience. We take that responsibility very seriously and do what we can to make sure folks are comfortable enough to have a great time on the river. And the French Broad is a great river for first time rafters and kids. Warm(ish) water, fun but not too scary rapids, and beautiful scenery.
Thanks again and hope to see you again. Maybe on the full day trip. Gotta give that class 4 rapid a go.

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Reviewed August 11, 2013

This operation is the nicest in this area of NC. The staff is so friendly and accommodating - outstanding service. The guides know this river which couldn't be more important for a great experience. They will ask you what type of experience that you want to have and you can request based on your past experience or your zest for excitement. We had a family group of eight and split up into two 4 to 6 passenger rafts. Nate and Josh were our guides and they were outstanding. Safety was always the first concern but they made our day fun and exciting. The river was running fast because there was so much rain in July so we had an extra special treat with the rapids. If you have ever experienced some of the other rafting companies in the area you will truly appreciate the changing areas and restrooms - sparkling clean. Great gift shop too! Thank you Blue Heron for an amazing day!

Thank DLSproul
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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded August 12, 2013

Thanks so much for rafting with us. Glad to hear you had a good time. Josh and Nate are awesome guides with tons of experience and enthusiasm. Being a small, locally owned company allows us to be flexible and offer the kind of guest service that we would hope to receive. Exceptional guest service and competent, well trained, and friendly guides are our top priority. As well as bright and clean changing rooms.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This was our second whitewater trip - 1st in NC. Our guide Caroline was great! She made the kids feel secure and was full of interesting information about the area. All of the guides that day were extremely friendly and went out of their way for everyone. After the trip, we spent some time in the gift shop and again - everyone was so friendly. Our cd of pictures was waiting for us when we got home. We can't wait to go back again with Blue Heron.

Thank jeanne h
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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2013

Thanks for coming rafting with us. We really appreciate it. You're right, Caroline is great. She has a seemingly endless supply of interesting stories and wonderful way with folks.
Thanks for taking the time to write about your experience with us and hope to see you again soon.

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