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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

Local Happenings

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

Week of November 8 - 15

  • Monday, November 6: Spencer Taunton Senior Student Percussion Recital – 7:30 PM in Moore Auditorium on the campus of Mars Hill University. Admission is free. For more information: www.mhu.edu
  • Tuesday, November 7 from 7 - 10 pm: An evening of Traditional dance: circles, squares, contras, waltz and live music. $5 and 12 and under free. At the Marshall high studios on the island. For more information: Gary at 828-649-9452
  • Thursday, November 9 at 7:30 pm: "Friendly Deceptions" an opera scenes program will be preformed in the Broyhill Chapel on the campus of MHU. Admission is free. For more information: www.mhu.edu
  • Friday, November 10 at 9 am: On the courthouse lawn. Please join the Town of Marshall and the Downtown Marshall Association for a short program to honor all who served our country. For more information: 649-3031
  • Friday, November 10 at 7:30 pm: MHU's big Band Jazz Concert in Moore Auditorium on the campus of MHU. Free and open to the public. For more information: www.mhu.edu
  • Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 12 pm to 5 pm: The Organic Ginseng Marketplace forum at the Madison County Agricultural Extension, 258 Carolina Lane, Marshall. Tickets are $30. Go online to Eventbrite.com and search for 2017 Ginseng Marketplace or snail mail from the Facebook page.You can get 10 ginseng seeds for free if you mention the Madison County Visitors Center.For more information contact Robert Eidus at 828-649-3536.

  Every Week:

  • Weekdays from 10am to 4pm (closed for lunch 12-1):  Weizenblatt Art Gallery in Moore Auditorium on Cascade Street, Mars Hill will host an exhibit featuring artist Martha Skinner. The exhibit will run from November 1 - December 15. Information at 828 689-1209 www.mhu.edu/art. Free. Open to the Public. Hours are 10-4 pm Monday- Friday.
  • Saturday, August 19 through March 4: The Rural Heritage Muserm at MHU opens a new exhibition, "The Civil War In the Southern Highlands: A Human Perspective." 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.
  • Wednesday, October 25 through December 1: Ragtime Willy Pottery, an exhibit of functional works by Andy Gordon. On display at the (New) Arts Center, 152 North Main Street, Marshall. For more information: 828-649-1301 or www.madisoncountyarts.com
  • Mondays from 7 to 9pm: Open Mic Night at Stackhouse Restaurant, 37 S. Main Street, Mars Hill. 680-1213
  • Tuesday, Fridays & Saturdays at Good Stuff, 38 Baileys Branch Rd in downtown Marshall. Live Music (plus other nights at times). 649-9711
  • 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)
  • Saturdays from 10am to 2pm: Mars Hill Tailgate Market is on the Quad on Mars Hill University campus. Holiday markets from November 4 to December 16. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/marshilltailgatemarket
  • Saturdays from 10am to 2pm: Hot Springs Homegrown & Handmade Market on the lawn of the Alpine Court. Holiday markets to be announced. For more information https://www.facebook.com/hotspringsmarket or https://hotspringsmarket.wordpress.com/
  • First and Third Saturdays at 7:30: Rodeo at the Madison County Fairgrounds. $10 for tickets.  Next rodeo November 11 at 7:30. Inside with heat and concessions. Only one time a month throughout the winter. Contact 828-206-6969 for more information.

 Planning Ahead

  • Thursday, November 16 at 7:30: Saxophone and Voice Recital featuring Megan Ihnen and Al Theisen in the Broyhill Chapel on the campus of MHU. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information: www.mhu.edu
  • Saturday, November 18 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Marshall High Studios: Marshall Handmade Market. Crafts, fine arts and design. On the island in Marshall. For more information: marshallhandmade.com
  • Monday, November 20 at 7:30 pm: Percussion Ensemble Concert in Moore Auditorium on the campus of MHU. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information: www.mhu.edu
  • Friday, December 1 at 7 pm: MHU's Annual Christmas Concert in Moore Auditorium on the campus of MHU. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information: www.mhu.edu
  • Saturday, December 2 at 6:30 pm: A Night of Hope Benefit Concert; live music, fairtrade products and vendors. Proceeds to support Human Trafficking Prevention in Cambodia. $8 donation, tickets at the door.
  • Sunday, December 3 at 3 pm: Katherine Girtman's Senior Clarinet Recital in the Broyhill Chapel on the campus of MHU. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information: www.mhu.edu
  • Thursday, December 14 to December 23:  Smoke on the Mountain: Sanders Family Christmas will be presented as a benefit Christmas show for SART on the campus of MHU. Performances Thursday - Saturday at 7:30 and matinees on both Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30. Tickets are $25 and $20 for groups of 10 or more. To buy tickets or information: sartplays.org or box office 866-811-4111

Explore Asheville

The Explore Asheville website is a great comprehensive resource that gives an excellent overview of the Asheville scene.