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Trip Types

Full Day Trip

The full day trip is about eight and a half miles. We run the same five mile stretch of river as the half day trip, stop and have a beach side, picnic style lunch, and then instead of stopping after five miles, we keep going on to Hot Springs, NC. This extra three and a half miles takes us on a journey through beautiful and remote Pisgah National Forrest, past the ghost town of Runion, and through the classic class IV Frank Bells Rapid.

Half Day Trip With Lunch

This white water rafting trip travels the same section of the French Broad River as the Half-Day Whitewater Trip. The pace for the lunch trip allows more time on the river and includes a stop along the way for lunch. The lunch is a fresh deli / picnic style and is served riverside. The time frame for this trip is the same as the half day trip with about an hour (depends on trip size) added for lunch and a more leisurely pace. Please let us know if you are under any time constraints.

Afternoon Half Day Trip

The afternoon half day trip runs the same five mile stretch of class I-III whitewater as the morning half day with lunch trip. We just don't have lunch. We do, however, have a little snack waiting for us when we reach the take out.

Calm Water Trip

Morning Half Day Trip, No Lunch

This is the same trip as the afternoon Half Day Trip.

WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY

A Top-Notch Rafting Experience, Courtesy of a Top-Notch Outfit"


Yesterday I donned my Blue Heron t-shirt and recalled the delightful rafting experience I enjoyed there with my daughter and (very likely) future son-in-law. It occurred a year ago, almost to the day. I don't usually write reviews like this, but promised myself I would post something this time. It's taken me a year - but they earned it. Although the details aren't as fresh in my memory now as they were then, I recall that we had a rafting expedition that was perfectly suited to our group's level of inexperience. I remember, too, thinking that the price was very reasonable. It was just the right level of excitement: there were plenty of genuine thrills, but we weren't all-out terrified. There were opportunities for pictures, and we were provided with snacks. At one point, we stopped along the shore and were given the opportunity to leap into the river from a bluff - that was a hoot! If I recall, Laura was our guide. She was very knowledgeable, and during the less rollicking moments of our trip, she shared all kinds of information and lore about the river, the folks who lived along it, and various interesting rafting expeditions over the years. That was fascinating. When I asked her about the history of the company, and about the other companies in the area, she displayed a level of class that is, sadly, not so common these days: while singing the praises of her Blue Heron colleagues, she had only nice things to say about her competitors. I had a preview of that kind of classy attitude before the trip got started: we could buy some dive slippers or water shoes - but they also had dozens of pairs of used shoes - sneakers and such - that previous patrons had left, which we could pick from at no charge. I opted to buy some new slippers, which I have since used repeatedly, but giving customers that option, even though it might mean reduced profits, really resonated with me. It kind of reminded me of that scene in "Miracle at 34th Street" - where the department store Santa... well, you'd have to see the movie. In sum, the trip was thrilling and fascinating, led by a seasoned, classy guide, with a company that keeps costs reasonable. I will return to Asheville soon, and I wouldn't raft with anyone else.

“Awesome day on the river!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

My children (10 and 12) and I did the full day trip and had a blast! The staff are friendly, professional, and knowledgable. Our guide, Sam, kept us all on track (and in the raft)-- she was excellent! Would recommend this outfitter to anyone.

Visited May 2015
“Our visit actually improved the rest of our trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015 NEW

My fiance and I were planning a trip to Asheville and I was in charge of finding some awesome things for us to do. We were both interested in whitewater rafting and after some extensive research browsing many different company's websites, we chose to go with Blue Heron Whitewater on a full day (8 mile) trip. Best choice ever! It looked like we were going to run into rain and the forecast said low 60's for the day. Thankfully, Blue Heron lent us some wet suits and splash jackets (they provide these for free-- not everyone does!) to keep us comfortable for the entire day. The coldest part of the day was taking them off at the end of the trip!

The trip itself was awesome-- the rapids were very fun and the view was gorgeous! My fiance and I actually got to go out by ourselves with our guide, Drew, and our guide-in-training, Dan. Drew was very knowledgeable and told us a lot about the history of the river. He kept us laughing the entire way and kept us busy (and wet!) going through the rapids. We didn't have a lot of specifics planned for the rest of our Asheville trip, so Drew and Dan recommended some AWESOME restaurants as well as hikes. We parked where they told us to park downtown, ate where they told us to eat, and even hiked on specific trails they suggested the next day. We ended with a trip to Hot Springs as per their recommendation as well. My fiance and I felt that they not only gave us a GREAT day on the river, but helped make the rest of our trip fantastic!! In the end we left Blue Heron Whitewater (and Asheville) with huge smiles on our faces. Thank you!!

Visited April 2015
“Our visit actually improved the rest of our trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015 NEW

My fiance and I were planning a trip to Asheville and I was in charge of finding some awesome things for us to do. We were both interested in whitewater rafting and after some extensive research browsing many different company's websites, we chose to go with Blue Heron Whitewater on a full day (8 mile) trip. Best choice ever! It looked like we were going to run into rain and the forecast said low 60's for the day. Thankfully, Blue Heron lent us some wet suits and splash jackets (they provide these for free-- not everyone does!) to keep us comfortable for the entire day. The coldest part of the day was taking them off at the end of the trip!

The trip itself was awesome-- the rapids were very fun and the view was gorgeous! My fiance and I actually got to go out by ourselves with our guide, Drew, and our guide-in-training, Dan. Drew was very knowledgeable and told us a lot about the history of the river. He kept us laughing the entire way and kept us busy (and wet!) going through the rapids. We didn't have a lot of specifics planned for the rest of our Asheville trip, so Drew and Dan recommended some AWESOME restaurants as well as hikes. We parked where they told us to park downtown, ate where they told us to eat, and even hiked on specific trails they suggested the next day. We ended with a trip to Hot Springs as per their recommendation as well. My fiance and I felt that they not only gave us a GREAT day on the river, but helped make the rest of our trip fantastic!! In the end we left Blue Heron Whitewater (and Asheville) with huge smiles on our faces. Thank you!!

Visited April 2015
“Our visit actually improved the rest of our trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015 NEW

My fiance and I were planning a trip to Asheville and I was in charge of finding some awesome things for us to do. We were both interested in whitewater rafting and after some extensive research browsing many different company's websites, we chose to go with Blue Heron Whitewater on a full day (8 mile) trip. Best choice ever! It looked like we were going to run into rain and the forecast said low 60's for the day. Thankfully, Blue Heron lent us some wet suits and splash jackets (they provide these for free-- not everyone does!) to keep us comfortable for the entire day. The coldest part of the day was taking them off at the end of the trip!

The trip itself was awesome-- the rapids were very fun and the view was gorgeous! My fiance and I actually got to go out by ourselves with our guide, Drew, and our guide-in-training, Dan. Drew was very knowledgeable and told us a lot about the history of the river. He kept us laughing the entire way and kept us busy (and wet!) going through the rapids. We didn't have a lot of specifics planned for the rest of our Asheville trip, so Drew and Dan recommended some AWESOME restaurants as well as hikes. We parked where they told us to park downtown, ate where they told us to eat, and even hiked on specific trails they suggested the next day. We ended with a trip to Hot Springs as per their recommendation as well. My fiance and I felt that they not only gave us a GREAT day on the river, but helped make the rest of our trip fantastic!! In the end we left Blue Heron Whitewater (and Asheville) with huge smiles on our faces. Thank you!!

Visited April 2015
“Our visit actually improved the rest of our trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015 NEW

My fiance and I were planning a trip to Asheville and I was in charge of finding some awesome things for us to do. We were both interested in whitewater rafting and after some extensive research browsing many different company's websites, we chose to go with Blue Heron Whitewater on a full day (8 mile) trip. Best choice ever! It looked like we were going to run into rain and the forecast said low 60's for the day. Thankfully, Blue Heron lent us some wet suits and splash jackets (they provide these for free-- not everyone does!) to keep us comfortable for the entire day. The coldest part of the day was taking them off at the end of the trip!

The trip itself was awesome-- the rapids were very fun and the view was gorgeous! My fiance and I actually got to go out by ourselves with our guide, Drew, and our guide-in-training, Dan. Drew was very knowledgeable and told us a lot about the history of the river. He kept us laughing the entire way and kept us busy (and wet!) going through the rapids. We didn't have a lot of specifics planned for the rest of our Asheville trip, so Drew and Dan recommended some AWESOME restaurants as well as hikes. We parked where they told us to park downtown, ate where they told us to eat, and even hiked on specific trails they suggested the next day. We ended with a trip to Hot Springs as per their recommendation as well. My fiance and I felt that they not only gave us a GREAT day on the river, but helped make the rest of our trip fantastic!! In the end we left Blue Heron Whitewater (and Asheville) with huge smiles on our faces. Thank you!!

Visited April 2015
“Our visit actually improved the rest of our trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015 NEW

My fiance and I were planning a trip to Asheville and I was in charge of finding some awesome things for us to do. We were both interested in whitewater rafting and after some extensive research browsing many different company's websites, we chose to go with Blue Heron Whitewater on a full day (8 mile) trip. Best choice ever! It looked like we were going to run into rain and the forecast said low 60's for the day. Thankfully, Blue Heron lent us some wet suits and splash jackets (they provide these for free-- not everyone does!) to keep us comfortable for the entire day. The coldest part of the day was taking them off at the end of the trip!

The trip itself was awesome-- the rapids were very fun and the view was gorgeous! My fiance and I actually got to go out by ourselves with our guide, Drew, and our guide-in-training, Dan. Drew was very knowledgeable and told us a lot about the history of the river. He kept us laughing the entire way and kept us busy (and wet!) going through the rapids. We didn't have a lot of specifics planned for the rest of our Asheville trip, so Drew and Dan recommended some AWESOME restaurants as well as hikes. We parked where they told us to park downtown, ate where they told us to eat, and even hiked on specific trails they suggested the next day. We ended with a trip to Hot Springs as per their recommendation as well. My fiance and I felt that they not only gave us a GREAT day on the river, but helped make the rest of our trip fantastic!! In the end we left Blue Heron Whitewater (and Asheville) with huge smiles on our faces. Thank you!!

Visited April 2015

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“Awesome day on the river!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

My children (10 and 12) and I did the full day trip and had a blast! The staff are friendly, professional, and knowledgable. Our guide, Sam, kept us all on track (and in the raft)-- she was excellent! Would recommend this outfitter to anyone.

Visited May 2015

Places to Eat and Drink

Restaurants in Marshall, NC

Some of our favorites:

Mama's Kitchen: Awesome home-style country cooking. Burgers, fries, and terrific specials. Just around the corner from our outpost.

Zuma Coffee: In downtown Marshall across from the courthouse. Coffee, espresso, pastry items, sandwiches and wraps, and daily specials. Soups, quiche, and salads too. And don't forget to save room for their famous Zuma Gold cookies. Chocolaty chocolate with espresso. Yum.

Longnecks: Great burgers and steaks. Hand-cut fries and a large beer selection. They also have a couple of motel rooms if you want to stay in the Marshall area.

Marshall Container Company: Slinging craft beer, snacks, and wine on the shop floor in beautiful Marshall, NC.

Good Stuff: Food, Libations, and Music in downtown Marshall NC.

Star Diner: New place in town. Great place for dinner. A little on the higher end. They've done a really nice job with the place.

Restaurants in Hot Springs, NC

Some of our favorites:

Iron Horse Station Restaurant and Tavern: From delicious southern comfort cuisine to specialized organic dishes, made with fresh and locally grown ingredients. Located in downtown Hot Springs.

Smoky Mountain Diner: Southern standards–grits, gravy, burgers and fried foods. Just good ol’ home cooking. A favorite of locals and AT hikers.

Mountain Magnolia Inn: Unforgettable Dining at the historic Mountain Magnolia Inn. Uses locally grown foods as much as possible and makes everything from scratch in their own kitchen.

Restaurants in Weaverville, NC

Some of our favorites:

Blue Mountain Pizza: Delicious pizza and beer in downtown Weaverville.

Well Bred Bakery: Incredible pastries, breads, soups and sandwiches.

All Good Coffee: Artisan coffee, espresso, and edibles on Main Street.

Glass Onion: Modern takes on northern Italian standards. 

Stoney Knob: a whimsical blend of American, Greek and European Cuisine.

Soba: It brings us so much joy to serve our guests the highest quality sushi and sashimi.


RESTAURANTS IN ASHEVILLE, NC

More of our favorites:

Addissae: Ethiopian and super delicious.

Home Grown: "slow food right quick" Local farm to table with an Asheville twist.

Asheville Pizza and Brewing: Pizza, burgers, their own micro-brews and more. Three dollar movies while you eat, and a game room in an old twin screen movie theatre.

Plant: Delicious vegetarian/vegan meals. Food & Wine Magazine named Plant one of the top 20 vegan/vegetarian restaurants in the country.

Strada: Classic Italian dishes made to order using a panoply of local ingredients. The restaurant and bakery is proudly Green Certified, and caters to gluten-free diners, vegetarians, and carnivores alike.

Bouchon: Home of French Comfort Food! Located in beautiful downtown Asheville and open seven days a week at 5:00 pm.

Chai Pani: Innovative, fun, affordable & delicious Indian cuisine. We'd go so far as to say it's “mindblasting”.

Curate: If you’ve never been to Spain, Cúrate will introduce you to the country’s lively tapas bar tradition of small plate dining.

French Broad Chocolate Lounge: We hand-craft artisanal chocolates and pastries with a burning focus on the quality and integrity of our ingredients.

LAB: Unique pub inspired classics. Local ingrediants. Made from scratch.

Packs Tavern: Built in 1907, Pack’s Tavern offers outstanding service, the best drinks in town, and a large eclectic menu of over 60 items.

Laughing Seed: Offering Asheville the finest organic, local, and farm-to-table vegetarian cuisine with an international flair for twenty years and counting…

Mela: Authentic Indian food made from scratch with local and organic ingredients.

Rosetta's Kitchen: We are downtown Asheville's whole-foods kitchen & cafe and have been open since 2002 serving creative vegatarian and vegan soul foods.

Thirsty Monk: Asheville’s Premier Beer Bar. Serving Asheville's most extensive selection of the finest beers... 36 beers on tap, over 150 bottles.

Tupelo Honey: From sweet potato pancakes with peach butter to shrimp and grits, Tupelo Honey is known for its casual, colorful and whimsical atmosphere as well as its unique flavors.

Early Girl: A Farm-to-Table Southern Comfort Food experience.

Wicked Weed: At Wicked Weed Brewing we craft big-flavor, hop-forward beers that push our creative boundaries.

Sunny Point: We are a family owned independent restaurant serving upscale comfort food from dawn to dusk.

White Duck Taco: Our concept is fresh and affordable food. We deliver the freshest, most awesomely creative food every day we are open.

Salsas: Our food is an eclectic fusion of traditional Caribbean and Mexican cuisines. We value using the freshest ingredients and make all of our own salsas, sauces, beans, rice, etc. from scratch.

12 Bones: We make everything from scratch. Our meats are smoked long & slow over select hardwoods. Our recipes are both old family favorites & new ones we've just come up with.

All Souls: All Souls Pizza is committed to using fresh, seasonal ingredients. We mill our own flours and polenta from organic grains, many of which are traditional varieties.

Lucky Otter: A Cali-burrito style restaurant. Serving hand crafted local beer, margaritas, and exceptional cuisine.

Over Easy: We specialize in breakfast with farm-to-table principles - serving local, seasonal, organic, hormone-free and fair trade ingredients whenever possible.

Limones: An inspirational mix of Mexican and Californian cuisine along with inventive bar selections served by a warm, professional staff.

Rezaz Restaurant and Enotecca (Italian Wine Bar):  Emphasizes the fresh eclectic and traditional flavors of all Mediterranean countries.

Zambra: Contemporary twists on the food of Spain and North Africa, and several hundreds of wines from the land of the sun, the Iberian peninsula and all over the world.

Clingman Cafe: A locals favorite! Serving breakfast and lunch with gourmet sandwiches and salads, organic coffee and espresso, fresh baked goods, local beer and fine wine.

Mayfels: A Louisiana bistro serving cuisine from scratch using local, wholesome ingredients. Saturday and Sunday brunch is available. Unique courtyard and a build your own Bloody Mary Bar.

Nine Mile: Caribbean inspired pasta dishes, rice dishes, a handful of traditional pasta dishes, daily specials, and an array of locally made desserts.

The Admiral: An innovative, daily changing global menu & cocktails in a humble cinder-block building.

Biscuit Head: Cat-head biscuits are a traditional southern favorite. Biscuit Head gives them a unique twist. Huge selection of homemade gravies, jams, hot sauces, and all the fixins.

Twisted Laurel: Also has locations in Weaverville and Spruce Pine

Blue Dream Curry House: Serving curries from around the world

King Dadds Chicken and Waffles: Located on Haywood Rd in West Asheville

Red Ginger: Dimsum and tapas

TacoBilly: Breakfast tacos!