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Blue Heron Whitewater

35 Little Pine Rd, Marshall, NC 28753-9512
+1 888-426-7238
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Perfect for mixed experience rafters

2 adults and 3 teenagers some of whom hadn't been rafting before. Perfect blend of excitement... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kenneth R
via mobile
Absolutley wonderful!

Everything was great from start to finish. We arrived and were welcomed. Anything that could have... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
jcsmithica
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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 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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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

2 adults and 3 teenagers some of whom hadn't been rafting before. Perfect blend of excitement without being overly challenging. Very friendly staff. Business is very well run and organized so that everything went smoothly and well timed. Folks there are easy going and great...More

Thank Kenneth R
Reviewed 5 days ago

Everything was great from start to finish. We arrived and were welcomed. Anything that could have been forgotten (water shoes, towel, something to hold glasses) is sold in store. Thorough introduction and guidelines for safety. Then on to rafting. Ian was our guide and he...More

Thank jcsmithica
BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Great! Glad you had a good trip. Thanks for taking the time to write a review and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 6 days ago

What a day! We thoroughly enjoyed our white water rafting trip with the folks at Blue Heron Whitewater. Wags was our initial instructor. He was very thorough and competent. We were able to observe him working with a family of young girls that were a...More

Thank NanetteLong
BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Glad you had a good trip on the river. And thanks for mentioning the interaction Wags had with the young girl who was a little nervous. I saw that too and also thought Wags did a really nice job of reassuring her without being patronizing...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived at Blue Herron and was met by Matt at check in. From there til the end the adventure never stopped. Quick safety brief, stay tuned and pay attention, and we were on our way. Geared up and ready to put in the water. Matt...More

Thank Harris S
BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Glad you had a good trip with Matt. It's always a special trip when you get to see a bald eagle. Thanks for rafting with us and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Blue Heron provides an unforgettable, exciting whitewater rafting adventure. My family just completed a day trip. We have 4 kids, aged 18, 15, 12, and 8. All agreed it was a very enjoyable experience. Our top notch guide, Doug, provided interesting stories throughout our journey....More

Thank JamesCubbage
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The people at Blue Heron are so personable and friendly. This was my first time rafting and they made me feel comfortable before even getting on the bus to travel to the river! My husband and I did a half day down the French Broad...More

Thank abeam_13
BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Glad you had a good trip and I'll pass your comments along to Matt. Thanks for rafting with us and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

We had the pleasure of experiencing the French Broad River as part of a team building event. The weather was great and both of our guides were knowledgeable and friendly. This is a very professional operation and they take safety very seriously, while still making...More

Thank tm_rome
BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2017

Glad you had a good trip and hope your team building went well. Thanks for your review and hope to see you on the river again.

Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

Thank you Josh & Alexis for such a great experience. Absolutely loved it. Riding the rapids then a great lunch followed by more Rapids. Can shower after & warm up with a hot drink. Will definitely recommend this

Thank Julessheldrake
BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

Glad you had a good trip. I'll pass this along to Josh and Alexis. Hope to see you again and thanks for the recommendation.

Reviewed 10 April 2017

We had a group of 8 that did the full day trip in early April. We were concerned with the temperature and being adquately prepared. From the moment we set foot at Blue Heron's awesome facility our concerns were put to rest. Sandy greeted us...More

Thank kfsutton
BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2017

Thanks! We appreciate the review a lot, but we appreciate you going down the river with us even more. Hope to see you again soon.

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.

Thank Ktstravel
BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2016

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

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LindaLosAngelesCA
I don't see too much information for "large size"people. Hubby and I are in our 60's. We both weigh over 200 pounds - but are in good health. Will this be a problem??
31 July 2016|
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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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LieAbility
Where do you put in and take out on the FBR for a half day?
14 July 2016|
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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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