Closest whitewater rafting to Asheville, NC, 22 miles NW, Blue Heron Whitewater offers a variety of trips on the French Broad River. Choose the trip that fits your group and schedule. Half Day Trips enjoy five miles of beautiful mountain scenery, and a series of fun class II-III rapids. Add almost four more miles, and the exhilarating class IV Frank Bell’s Rapid for the Full Day Trip. Morning trips stop along the way for a fresh picnic lunch served riverside. Minimum age for the whitewater trips is 8 years old. Families with kids as young as 4 enjoy the scenic calm water Float Trip. 

We are a small, locally owned and operated company, so we can be big on the details! From your first phone call or e-mail inquiry, to the information on this site, to the personal attention you receive when you check in for your trip, to the quality gear provided, to the talented, fun-loving professional guides who share their knowledge of the river with you, we want you to have a great experience! We take care of the details so all you have to do is choose the date and which trip, and either reserve your spaces via phone or online. 

The river engages you with your surroundings! On the river you are no longer a spectator. 

The person who receives your phone call knows the French Broad River and the trips we offer first hand. 

We provide cool weather gear at no charge, including splash jackets and pants, fleece tops, and wet suits. 

When water levels permit, some folks in your group may like to opt for more adventure by choosing to paddle the inflatable kayaks. No advanced reservation or additional cost is required. You can inquire about the “duck” option when you check in for your trip. 

Choosing to be in a guided raft is always an option. 

We offer photos for all of our trips. The Photo CD is a great value, and a wonderful way to refresh memories of your day on the river. 

Our clean, new facility includes tiled bathrooms and hot showers. 

Our commitment to environmental sustainability is reflected in an investment in solar panels that offset our energy usage, Trex decking made of recycled plastic bags. and composite siding. 

Our talented staff produced a pre-trip instruction video, relevant to this river and your trip, so everyone gets important information in a focused, educational format. 

Our guides love what they do! We are teachers, outdoor educators, paddling enthusiasts, artists, craftsmen, doctors. What we all have in common is the desire to share our love for the French Broad River with you. 

Located only 20 minutes from Asheville North Carolina on mostly four lane highways, Blue Heron Whitewater is the closest outfitter to Asheville NC. When you arrive at the outpost for your trip we will talk about the day’s river level, the boat options available, and will help you choose the boat option that will best suit your group. A variety of boat choices insures we can help everyone in your group have a great North Carolina whitewater rafting or float trip on the French Broad River. 

Blue Heron Whitewater can be reached at 888.426.7238 or online at 

For Contact details:
Beth Jackson,
Blue Heron Whitewater Rafting
North Carolina