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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

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

Local Happenings

Madison County - Towns of Marshall, Hot Springs, and Mars Hill

Week of April 18 - 25
 

  • Wednesday, April 18 from 5 to 7 pm: The annual Empty Bowls dinner sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement and the Bonner Scholars at Mars Hill Baptist Church. Your $15 admission includes soup/salad and dessert and a ceramic bowl of your choice made by MHU faculty/staff and students and community members.  There will also be an opportunity to participate in a silent auction of additional pottery.  All proceeds will benefit Madison County Neighbors In Need. For more information: 689-1162.
  • Thursday, April 19 at 6 pm: Appalachian Evenings talk with Tim Marema of the Daily Yonder. The View from Home; Images of Appalachia and the "Rural-Urban Divide". Ramsey Center in Renfro Library on the campus of MHU. Free and all are welcome. For more information: 828-689-1115 or mhu.edu/Ramsey-center
  • Thursday, April 19 at 7:30 pm: Spring wind Symphony Concert in Moore Auditorium on the campus of MHU.  Free and open to the public. For more information: 828-689-1209
  • Friday, April 20 at 7:30 pm: MHU university Choir Concert in Broyhill Chapel on the campus of MHU. Free and open to the public. For more information: 828-689-1209
  • Friday, April 20 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm: Opening Reception to Tree Huggers, an exhibition in celebration of Earth Day. The exhibit will be from April 20 to May 21 in Flow, 14 South Main Street, Marshall. Hours Tuesday - Saturday from 10 to 4. For more information: 828-649-1686 or www.flowmarshall.com
  • Friday, April 20 to Sunday, April 21: Trailfest 2018. Come join us in beautiful Hot Springs, North Carolina for our  annual Trailfest — a celebration of the world-famous Appalachian Trail.  For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/902975359880342/
  • Friday April 20, Saturday April 21, and Sunday April 22: Concert, Asleep in the Light. A Musical Tribute to Keith Green, "featuring Robert Meadows". April 20 at 7 pm and April 21 at  7 pm and April 22 at 2 pm. Tickets available at www.ticketbud.com. Sponsored by www.marshillradiotheatre.org 828-747-9664
  • Tuesday, April 24 at 7:30 pm: Student Horn Recital featuring Matt Keenan in Broyhill Chapel on the campus of MHU. Free and open to the public. For more information: 828-689-1209
  • Wednesday, April 25 at 7:30 pm: MHU Big Band Jazz concert in Moore Auditorium. Free and open to the public. For more information: 828-689-1209

  Every Week:

  • Weekdays from 10am to 4pm during the Fall and Spring Semesters:  Weizenblatt Art Gallery in Moore Fine Arts Building on Cascade Street. Currently is the Art Student Exhibit. From March 28 to April 20. Information at 828 689-1209 www.mhu.edu/art. Free. Open to the Public. Hours are 10-4 pm Monday- Friday. 
  • Tuesday, March 20 - May 27: The Rural Heritage Muserm at MHU opens a new exhibition, "Understanding our Past, Shaping our Future". This interactive exhibition, based on Cherokee language and culture, employs sound recordings as the basis for presenting a coherent Cherokee story in words, text, and artifacts. Museum is open daily, except Mondays, from 11 to 5 pm. Located in the Montague Hall and admission is free. Information at http://www.mhu.edu/museum or call 689-1200.
  • May 4th until May 31: The "Barns of Madison County" exhibit at the Madison County Arts Council Gallery at 152 N. Main St. in Downtown Marshall Monday through Friday during business hours.
  • Mondays from 7 to 9pm: Open Mic Night at Stackhouse Restaurant, 37 S. Main Street, Mars Hill. 680-1213
  • Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9:00 at Zuma. Open Mic with hosts Linda Jarvis and Jerry Burns.649-1617
  • Thursdays at 7pm at Zuma, 7 N. Main St, downtown Marshall: FREE music with "Bluegrass Jam" featuring Bobby Hicks and friends 649-1617
  • Thursdays From 8 to 10pm: Andy Buckner Live Music at Stackhouse, 37 S. Main Street, Mars Hill. 680-1213
  • Fridays at 6:30pm at The Depot, 282 S. Main St, downtown Marshall: FREE traditional music and dancing.649-2332. (Closed 1st Friday of December)
  • Saturday at 7:30: Rodeo at the Madison County Fairgrounds. $10 for tickets. First outside rodeo will be April 21. The dates in May are 5 and 19. Contact 828-206-6969 for more information.
  • Saturday (until October 28) from 10 - 2 pm: Hot Springs Homegrown and Handmade Market. Located on the lawn of Hot Springs Rafting right beside the post office.  For more info: https://www.facebook.com/hotspringsmarket or https://hotspringsmarket.wordpress.com/
  • Saturdays from 9 to noon (until October): Mars Hill Farmers and Artisan Market on College Street in Mars Hill. For more information: http://marshillmarket.org/
  • Sunday, April 15 from 12 - 4 pm: Sunday on the Island Farmers Market on the Island in Marshall. For more information: sunrisemountainorganics@hotmail.com

Workshops/Classes

  • Saturday, April 21 from 10 am to 12 noon: Rope Making, $35. Rope making and proper storage is a lost skill that used to be very important in the mountains. You can use new and used bailing twine and even plastic bags to make serviceable rope. Learn how to make a rope making machine out of scrap wood and coat hangers. Questions/sign-up at www.jeweloftheblueridge.com
  • Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29: Barn Photo Workshop by Don McGowan to benefit the Appalachian Barn Alliance at a reduced fee of $150 (or $125 for members). Detailed information on the home page of http://appalachianbarns.org or call Sandy at 828-380-9146
  • Saturday, April 28 from 1 to 5 pm: Rhythm, Relaxation, Rejuvenation - drumming and movement. $30 if paid my April 23rd, $40. Join us for a powerful, yet fun and invigoration rhythm workshop. In this workshop, we will use movement, dancing and drumming to ground ourselves and connect deeply with others. You do NOT need to be a dancer or drummer to attend. Drums will be provided. Azule-A place for the Arts & Community, 190 Rabbit Den Road, Hot Springs. For more information and to sign up http://azule.org/index.php/get-involved/events

 Planning Ahead

  • Thursday, April 26 at 7:30 pm: Student Euphonium Recital featuring Andrew Ennis in Moore Auditorium. Free and open to the public. For more information: 828-689-1209
  • Saturday, April 28 at 3 pm: Student Trombone Recital featuring Carlos Cruz in Broyhill Chapel on the campus of MHU. Free and open to the public. For more information: 828-689-1209
  • April 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 pm and April 29 at 2:30 pm: "Proof" by David Auburn, directed by Joel P. Rogers. Owen Theatre, College Street on the campus of MHU. Tickets $10 for Adults, $8 for Seniors and non-MHU students. Box office at 828 689-1389 for tickets.
  • Saturday, April 28 from 7 am to 3 pm: Spring Fling at the Beech Glen Community, 2936 Beech Glen Road, Mars Hill. Breakfast, yard sale, vendors, bake sale, silent auction, dog pageant/talent show and more! For more information: https://www.facebook.com/beechglencommunitycenter/
  • Friday May 4th, 2018 5:30 to 7pm : Opening Reception for The "Barns of Madison County" exhibit at the Madison County Arts Council Gallery at 152 N. Main St. in Downtown Marshall The Exhibit will be on display until May 31 at The MCAC Gallery during business hours.
  • Saturday, May 5 from 9 to 5 pm: Spring Fling Wellness Fair at the Spring Creek Community Center, 13075 NC 209, Hot Springs. Live music, food & prizes, mobile vet, local arts & crafts, games & activities, med drop, health screening, yard sale and more. Rain or shine. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/SpringCreekCommunityCenter/
  • Friday, May 11th, 2018 from 10 am to 2 pm: The 15th Annual Tourism Day Event will be held on the beautiful grounds of the I-26W NC Welcome Center in Mars Hill. Join us for a day of entertainment by mountain musicians and cloggers. Exhibits featuring NC heritage sites, area attraction and accommodations will be on display. This year we will also have a scavenger hunt and corn hole game with prizes! Don't miss it! For more information: katie.gault@nccommerce.com

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