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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...more
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35 Little Pine Rd, Marshall, NC 28753-9512
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 14 August 2014

Our guide Doug was really helpful in getting our raft as well as the individual "duckies" through the rapids .... And he had some great stories about the history of the river and the area. The rapids were really easy, so this would be great...More

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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2014

Glad you enjoyed your trip, and the duckies are a great option at certain water levels for folks who want a little more whitewater action. Since the French Broad is a free flowing river you just never really know when the water is going to...More

Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 13 June 2018 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 15 June 2018

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 27 August 2018 via mobile

Doug is got to be one of the best guides on a tour of the river . He made our wife’s feel at ease on the raft the tour was so amazing. Y’all need to put this on your bucket list of to do in...More

Thank Mike P
BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Thanks for rafting with us and I will pass your comments along to Doug. Glad you had a good trip and hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 23 August 2018

Great fun for our family of inexperienced rafters! We spotted a blue heron while on the river and had many laughs with the friends we made on our raft. Jordan is a very cool guide who loves what he does, and Laura is super helpful...More

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

Thanks for rafting with us! We really appreciate it. And thanks also for writing a review. That's very helpful for a small company like ours. I will pass your comments on to Jordan and Laura, though I'm afraid it might make Jordan insufferable. Thanks again...More

Reviewed 22 August 2018

We visited Blue Heron as part of a corporate weekend. Wags did a great job entertaining everyone on the way from our hotel to the base. The company focused on safety and our guide did a terrific job of coaching and encouraging us throughout the...More

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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2018

Hi and thanks for both your review and your recommendation. Yes, Wags is certainly and endlessly entertaining. Thanks again for rafting with us and hope you'll go down the river with us again sometime.

Reviewed 20 August 2018

My daughter and I had done rafting with another bigger company 2 years ago. This was the big highlight of our trip to the mountains this past summer.I called the night before and talked to Sandy and she got all 3 of us booked for...More

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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2018

Glad you all had a good trip. That's an amazing coincidence, rafting with folks you met at dinner days earlier. I will pass your comments along to Tyler, Laura and Sandy. The river valley is a beautiful place in the fall with all the colors....More

Reviewed 15 August 2018

This rafting experience was totally awesome. Patrick, our guide was so knowledgeable about the river and the area. He made us feel very safe on an exciting rafting experience. I highly recommend this for anyone over the age of 8. The guides fully prepare you...More

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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2018

We appreciate you going down the river with us and thanks for writing a review. I'll let Patrick know of your comments, thanks again and hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

We had a great adventure with Blue Heron. First off, it is a top notch establishment. Secondly, the guides were awesome. Very friendly and took care of everything in the raft. Doug, Paul and JP were great. Highly recommended for rafters of all levels. Facilities...More

Thank Mark H
BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2018

Thanks for your review. We appreciate you taking the time to do that. Glad you had a good trip and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

We just got back from a 1/2 day trip on the French Broad River. The Blue Heron experience was fantastic. The place is neat, well-suited for trip prep. They have you check in, sign forms and watch a video on what to do and what...More

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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2018

Thanks for taking the time to write this review, we really appreciate it. Glad you had a good trip! I will pass your comments along to Tyler. Thanks again for rafting with us and hope to see you on the river soon.

Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

Awesome time. Reasonable price, nice ride, everything was as advertised. Jordan was our guide and he was funny and engaging. Fast trip due to higher water but was really great.

Thank Rebecca F
BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2018

Glad you had a good trip and thanks for your review. I will pass your comments along to Jordan. Thanks for rafting with us and hope to see you on the river with us again soon.

Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

We had such at blast rafting with Blue Heron Whitewater! We paid online, so checkin was quick and easy. The briefing and equipment fitting was excellent and we felt perfectly prepared for the experience. Our guide “JP” was fantastic. He was very personable and professional...More

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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2018

Glad you had a good trip and thanks for rafting with us!

Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

What a fantastic experience we had! We'd reserved 13 spots for the afternoon trip on Friday, August 3rd. That morning, Sandy called me to describe the high water conditions (due to recent rains) and said it would be an exciting and challenging trip. She was...More

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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2018

Great! Glad you all had a good trip. We are certainly enjoying all the water we are getting this summer. Hope to see you again some time. Thanks!

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mfm451
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Response from bobbyh964 | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely!! They give you such good preparation for the trip and make sure everyone sees and understands before you are suited up. Felt completely safe with guide.
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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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