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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

“Top Notch Outfitter!”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My family of 4 (2 adults and kids 10 and 12) had never been whitewater rafting. When my husband suggested we try a trip, I was hesitant (fearful) and tried to steer him away from choosing this activity. He persisted and booked a half day trip with Blue Heron Whitewater.

We got to Blue Heron early to get checked in, changed, etc. The first person we encountered was "Wags". Once Wags started talking and getting us checked in, I knew we had come to the right place. You can tell that he loves this place, the area, the sport and the people who come through.

There was a short video and safety talk given by Wags. Very informative without being preachy, boring or freaking us out.

The guides were all helpful getting us fitted for our lifejackets and helmets.

Once we were off the bus and got to our drop off location, we met our raft guide, Doug. Doug was an amazing raft guide. He was in charge of our raft and also took charge of the 5 "duckies" (solo inflatable kayaks) that followed us. Even though Doug pulled double duty by instructing both my group and the duckies, it never felt like we were getting slighted by sharing his expertise. In fact, I was impressed with how comfortable he was giving our two groups instruction. During some of the more calm times on the water, Doug would give us some interesting history on the area. The rapids were all class I-III so we had a nice mix of slow water and some thrills. We took two short swim breaks. The first break was a chance to jump off a small cliff. The other was to wade around in the water. The breaks were a welcome break as it was a very hot day.
During the trip there is someone who will be taking your picture at various times. There is also a photo op at the end which is a nice touch. The pictures are burned to a USB and the fee is based on the number in your party. The price for the USB is very reasonable and there really isn't any other way you would get such pictures of your adventure.
After our trip, we utilized the changing rooms/showers. Very clean and updated facilities.
This was an amazing day for my family. A day we will never forget. Thank you to Blue Heron for making our day memorable. You have an amazing facility with great people who love what they do. If you are looking for a great whitewater experience in this area, please give Blue Heron a call.


“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

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g49326-d1829751-r270601392-Blue_Heron_Whitewater-Marshall_North_Carolina.html#
“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

About Our North Carolina Whitewater Rafting Company

Whitewater is co-owned by three partners who have been guiding on the French Broad River in North Carolina for 20 years. Though we all have experience on other rivers and with other occupations, this North Carolina Whitewater Rafting Company calls The French Broad River our home river, and our passion is sharing the beauty and history of the French Broad River with other folks.

So that you can have the best trip possible, we have invested in a fleet of boats, both rafts and ducks that allow us to help you maximize your fun on the river. Your guides are talented people. They are friends and coworkers who have entered and enriched our lives over the years – an experienced group who work with us tosolar panels 2.jpg execute our dream of sharing the fun and beauty of the French Broad River with our guests.

Blue Heron Whitewater is a North Carolina Whitewater Rafting small business with goals of providing superior experiences for our guests in a manner that is sustainable for the company, the owners and employees, as well as the river and the surrounding natural area.

When building our new whitewater rafting facility we invested and used sustainable practices and materials whenever possible.

1. There were two old barns on the property when we moved in. Unfortunately they were not usable due to age and condition. We recycled or reused as much of the lumber and tin as we could. We smoothed and de-bugged some of the oak from the old tobacco barn and used it on the store front. An old chicken box from the chicken barn is used as a river shoe display.

2. The buildings design is open and airy to help with airflow and cooling without air conditioners, and to help with the drying of pfds and other wet river gear.

3. The decking boards are made with recycled plastic bags (trex).

4. Waterless urinals in the men's room.

5. Solar Power! We just had solar panels installed and they are now adding electricity to the grid.

6. Other little things like recycling cans, bottles, paper. Reusing plastic grocery bags for your wet cloths or new t-shirt. Compact fluorescent lights.

We are committed to being good stewards and using sustainable practices whenever possible. If you have any ideas along those lines please let us know.

- See more at: http://blueheronwhitewater.com/About-Our-North-Carolina-Whitewater-Rafting-Company#sthash.VgJ07Q60.dpuf

2013 Staff at our annual Thanksgiving Pot Luck

Blue Heron Whitewater is co-owned by three partners who have been guiding rafting trips on the French Broad River in North Carolina for over 25 years each. Though we all have experience on other rivers and with other occupations, this locally owned North Carolina Whitewater Rafting Company calls The French Broad River our home river, and our passion is sharing the beauty and history of the French Broad River with our guests.

So that you can have the best rafting trip possible, we have invested in a fleet of boats, both rafts and ducks that allow us to help you maximize your fun on the river. Your guides are experienced and talented people. They are friends and coworkers who have entered and enriched our lives over the years – an experienced group who work with us to execute our dream of sharing the fun and beauty of the French Broad River with our guests.

Blue Heron Whitewater is a North Carolina Whitewater Rafting small business with goals of providing superior experiences for our guests in a manner that is sustainable for the company, the owners and employees, as well as the river and the surrounding natural area.

When building our new whitewater rafting facility we invested and used sustainable practices and materials whenever possible.

  1. There were two old barns on the property when we moved in. Unfortunately they were not usable due to age and condition. We recycled or reused as much of the lumber and tin as we could. We smoothed and de-bugged some of the oak from the old tobacco barn and used it on the store front. An old chicken box from the chicken barn is used as a river shoe display.
  2. The buildings design is open and airy to help with airflow and cooling without air conditioners, and to help with the drying of pfds and other wet river gear.
  3. The decking boards are made with recycled plastic bags (trex).
  4. Waterless urinals in the men's room.
  5. Solar Power! We had solar panels installed and they are now adding electricity to the grid.
  6. Other little things like recycling cans, bottles, paper. Reusing plastic grocery bags for your wet cloths or new t-shirt. Compact fluorescent lights.


We are committed to being good stewards and using sustainable practices whenever possible. If you have any ideas along those lines please let us know.