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Address: 35 Little Pine Rd, Marshall, NC 28753-9512
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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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White water half day with lunch trip

This was such fun! Sandy, our guide, was experienced, knowledgeable and entertaining and the French Broad river was beautiful! I would definitely recommend this excursion.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 September 2016
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Satellite Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

This was such fun! Sandy, our guide, was experienced, knowledgeable and entertaining and the French Broad river was beautiful! I would definitely recommend this excursion.

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

Glad you had a good time. Sandy really knows her stuff. Thanks for rafting with us. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

First time rafting. We had an amazing time! The staff & guide were great. It was my husbands birthday the day we went. When we loaded on the bus to head back, they had actually went & got him a birthday cupcake, which was given to him as we all sang Happy Birthday. The photographer even took a couple pictures... More 

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

Glad to hear you had a good trip and hope your husband had a happy birthday. Thanks for coming with us and hope to see you again soon. More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Finally got this off the bucket list and so glad we choose Blue Heron Whitewater Rafting. What a great run both in organization and the trip. We had the 1/2 day without lunch since it was our first venture. Our guide was Laurie and we could not have asked for better. She was so very friendly, helpful, informative and I... More 

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

Thanks for rafting with us! Glad we were able to help you with your bucket list. Every time I check something off mine I seem to find two or three more to take its place. We appreciate your review and I will pass your comments along to our team. Thanks again and hope to see you soon. More 

Independence, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

We went rafting with Blue Heron and it was amazing. We had been to Pigeon River before but not the French Broad. While the rapids were not quite as intense as Pigeon River, (and maybe not quite as many) this is a real river (not dam controlled). There were a lot more rocks, the routes we had to take had... More 

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

Glad you had a good trip and it sounds like you had a little extra excitement. Sounds like everybody handled it well and everyone got a good story. We appreciate you rafting with us and thanks for taking the time to write a review. More 

West Lafayette, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

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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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 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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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 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 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 

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