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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


We had a group of 8 that did the full day trip in early April. We were concerned with the temperature and being adaquately prepared. From the moment we set foot at Blue Heron's awesome facility our concerns were put to rest. Sandy greeted us and explained what our prep would be like, then the guides outfitted us with everything we would need to stay warm on the river. From shoes, to hats, to wetsuits, everyone in our group felt more than prepared for a chilly day out. The safety briefing was concise and informative and the ride to the put in was hilarious. On the river the experience of the Blue Heron crew really shined. They offered education about the geology and history of the area as well as how to read the river. When we got off the river they had photos ready for us and the entire process was seamless. The attention to detail and knowledge sets this group apart. Every one of their staff members had an infectious passion for what they do and it showed through their commitment to an outstanding experience for their patrons. I would highly recommend Blue Heron and plan to return for another trip soon.
“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

Lodging

Asheville, NC Area

Campgrounds:

  • Campfire Lodgings  Pet-friendly, RV, tent sites, yurts, cabins, and Cliff House...just a little piece of heaven in the middle of everything. Conveniently located between Asheville and Blue Heron Whitewater.

 Bed and Breakfast and Inns:

  • Crooked Oak Mountain Inn   This   beautiful mountain Bed & Breakfast is located in Asheville, only three miles from downtown, five miles from the Biltmore Estate and two miles from the Grove Park Inn.  Secluded and quiet with beautiful views, the Crooked Oak Mountain Inn offers the perfect balance for those who wish to retreat in a relaxed mountain setting and still want easy access to the restaurants, cultural offerings, and outdoor activities of Asheville.
  • Sourwood Inn   Sourwood Inn is constructed of cedar and trimmed with stone. It sits on one hundred acres of hilly terrain at an elevation of 3,200 feet. Each Sourwood Inn's guest room has a private balconey overlooking the Reems Creek valley, a wood-burning fireplace, and a tub with a view. It was created to provide a retreat where our guests can experience the delights of the Blue Ridge and still easily access the arts and sophistication of downtown Asheville.
  • Abbington Green Bed and Breakfast Inn    This AAA Four Diamond, award-winning Colonial Revival style Asheville bed and breakfast is just ten minutes to Biltmore Estate and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • The Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast Inn  The Lion and the Rose is a stunning pink lady in the Montford Historic District. The manicured lawns, luxurious decor, and welcoming innkeepers invite you in for an unforgettable stay at an exceptional value.
  • The Inn on Montford  The 1900 Inn on Montford is a AAA Four-Diamond Bed and Breakfast Inn located in the heart of Asheville’s Montford Historic District.
  • Chestnut Street. Inn   Chestnut Street Inn is a premier Asheville, NC Bed and Breakfast located in the city's Chestnut Hill National Historic District, offering eight luxuriously appointed guest rooms. We are walking distance to the down town restaurants, shops, and night life.
  • 1889 White Gate Inn and Cottage The historic 1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage is a AAA 4 Diamond property that tempts travelers with the delightful charm of a historic Asheville, NC Bed and Breakfast and the luxurious amenities of a boutique hotel.
  • Bent Creek Lodge Bent Creek Lodge has the best of both worlds being only 10 miles from the center of Asheville yet nestled in a forested triangle between the Blue Ridge Parkway and the French Broad River.

Cabins and Cottages: Several cozy cabins to choose from in the Asheville area

Hotels:

 
 

Barnardsville, NC Area

 

Burnsville, NC Area

  • The Buck House Inn Surrounded by a conservation of 750 acres of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, the inn is nestled along the banks of Bald Mountain Creek.

 

 Brevard

 

 Chimney Rock

 

Hot Springs, NC Area

Bed and Breakfast and Inns:

Cabins and Cottages:

Campgrounds:

 

Mars Hill, NC Area

Motels:

Cabins:

  • Chestnut Cabin  Built in the 1920's but thoroghly renovated this cabin is 20 miles north of Asheville NC near the town of Mars Hill, NC. This cabin accommodates up to four people and has 2 bedrooms and 1 bath.

 

Marshall, NC Area

Cabins and Inns:

  • French Broad Cabin A secluded cabin overlooking the French Broad River, with long views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Ideal for two couples or a small family.  
  • Cedar Creek Cabin Located 20 miles north of Asheville, NC. near the artsy town of Marshall NC. This cabin accommodates up to six people, and has 3 bedrooms and 1 bath.
  • Longnecks Inn and Tavern
  • East Fork Farm Cabins Two mountain cottages located at beautiful East Fork Farm each with their own private outdoor hot tub.  Complimentary farm products included.  Located 30 minutes from Asheville and 20 minutes from Blue Heron Whitewater.
  • Myra's Cottage In the heart of the French Broad River Gorge, Myra's Cottage is tucked in a mountain cove we call Owl Holler and borders Pisgah National Forest.
  • Marshall House Inn Perched on a hill overlooking the town of Marshall and the French Broad River we're a perfect getaway with a small town atmosphere while being only 25 minutes from Asheville and Hot Springs.

Swannanoa

Cottages:

  • Bee Tree Cottage  Located 15 minutes east of Asheville, NC in the beautiful Swannanoa valley. This cottage is surrounded by three private acres of old growth trees. This cottage accommodates up to six people and has 3 bedrooms and 1 bath.

 

Weaverville, NC Area

Bed and Breakfast and Inns:

 

  • Inn on Main St.   At Inn on Main Street bed and breakfast near Asheville, North Carolina, owners Dan and Nancy Ward bring casual hospitality to a century-old country Victorian bed and breakfast furnished in lovely antiques.

Cabins:

  • French Broad River Cabin  This private retreat is located on four private mountain acres with a straight view of the French Broad River. Fifteen minutes north of Asheville, NC near the small town of Weaverville, NC. This cabin accommodates up to six people and has 2 bedrooms and 1 bath.
  • River Side Escapes When it's time to just escape, this is the place! Located directly river front on Section 8 of the French Broad River just 15 minutes north ofAsheville, Riverside Escapes offers everything from a rustic island fishing cabin to a luxury cottage with hot tub and fireplace. A 100 ft. bridge takes you to the only private island in the French Broad. Catch fish, catch rays, float, or just hang out by the campfire and toast s'mores as the sunsets into the mountains.