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Blue Heron Whitewater

35 Little Pine Rd, Marshall, NC 28753-9512
+1 888-426-7238
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So much fun!

Our family visited BHW for the 2nd time. We had a great time and felt very safe. Our guide... read more

Reviewed 13 July 2016
mvgesler
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Trinity, Florida
Family fun!

There were three of us adults and two girls, 10 and 12. Two of our peeps were very nervous, but... read more

Reviewed 5 July 2016
RachelDale222
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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Closest whitewater rafting outfitter to Asheville, NC. 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 5 miles, with class II-III rapids. Full Day Trips add 3 more miles, a delicious deli-style lunch served riverside, and a class IV rapid. Minimum age for whitewater trips is 8. Float Trips are offered for families with kids as young as 4 and for those looking for a scenic float trip through the beautiful Southern Appalachian Mountains. On the river you are no longer a spectator!Come visit our new solar-powered outpost with hot showers, free wet suit use in cool weather and the most experienced guides on the river.
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Reviewed 13 July 2016

Our family visited BHW for the 2nd time. We had a great time and felt very safe. Our guide, Malcolm, did a wonderful job and was very positive. We will definitely be back for the full day trip next summer. :-)

Thank mvgesler
BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2016

Thanks for coming again. We really appreciate your return business. Malcolm does a great job. Fun, funny, and competent. See you next year (if not sooner).

Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

There were three of us adults and two girls, 10 and 12. Two of our peeps were very nervous, but once they got started, everyone had a great time. I'm a little bit more of a thrill seeker, so I wish it had been a...More

Thank RachelDale222
BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2016

Great! Glad to hear you all had a good trip. The French Broad is a great river for groups and families with a variety of experience levels. And ducks (inflatable kayaks) are available (at certain water levels) for those who are looking for a little...More

Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

June 22, 2016 my wife and I in Asheville area for an anniversary trip and wanted a little adventure. Decided on Blue Heron Whitewater because it was rated good on Trip Advisor. Perfect choice. Customer Service is top notch. They seemed to really appreciate our...More

Thank travel249t
BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2016

Thanks for rafting with us and happy anniversary! We really do appreciate your business and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

I recently went on a full day whitewater excursion with this outfit with 19 people/teenagers and had the best time. The people were knowledgable and approachable. The rafting guides were fun and enthusiastic to ride with. Best time!

Thank acfusaro
BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2016

Hi and thanks for going down the river with us. We really appreciate your business. Good, fun and enthusiastic guides make for a great time on the river. Hope you can come this way again some time.

Reviewed 14 June 2016

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...More

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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2016

Wags is certainly a whirlwind of enthusiasm, and a great guide. Doug also is a great guide with lots of experience, not only on the French Broad, but many rivers throughout the southeast. So thanks for going down the river with us and hope to...More

Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

We were greeted by friendly enthusiastic staff who all love their job and we now know why. We were booked on the afternoon trip which had class I- III rapids. The briefing was thorough with safety a priority. There was full kit to borrow at...More

Thank Aileen8_12
BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2016

Glad you had a good trip with us. We really appreciate you choosing us to guide you down the river. Laura and Doug do a great job and have very wide knowledge base. Thanks again and lets go down the river again asap.

Reviewed 8 June 2016

Worried when we first arrived since there was a large group (90 people) there. We were assured that our family of 4 would get their full attention & good service. Boy, were they right...!! We had an exceptional day, guided by Laura. Nice lunch on...More

Thank russrick
BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2016

Glad to hear you had a good trip. We love small trips and we love big trips. They just have a different kind of energy. Hope you come visit the area again. It would be great to go down the river with you again. Thanks!

Reviewed 1 June 2016

My family of 4 did the half day with lunch trip last week. I cannot say enough positives about Blue Heron. I've rafted several places in other parts of the country but this was by far the nicest set up. They offered clothes to borrow...More

Thank Julie B
BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2016

Hi and thanks for going down the river with us. We appreciate the time you took to write a review and it seems like you summed the day up pretty well. Hope to see you on the river again soon. Thanks!

Reviewed 1 June 2016

They made us feel welcome from the start. Trip was done on time and well orchastrated. Highly recommend this outfitter and the half day float. Rapids were fun but not frightening. The guide provided history of river and other good information on area. Just good...More

Thank Dave533
BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2016

Thanks for your review and for choosing us to be your river trip outfitter. We really appreciate it. Hope you can join us again some time. Thanks!

Reviewed 1 May 2016

Seldom do you have a group of Rafting Guides go rafting with another outfitter, but Watauga Kayak's guided had a great time with Blue Heron Whitewater rafting today. They were great, everything you expected and more such a great group of people and their shop...More

Thank Watauga K
BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2016

Hey, it was nice meeting you guys! Thanks for choosing us to go down the French Broad with. We really appreciate it. Hope you have a great season on the Watauga!

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LindaLosAngelesCA
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Response from ncdeb73 | Reviewed this property |
I would call the outfitter and ask. I will say, please note that in whitewater rafting there is some physicality involved. You are expected to paddle, not just ride. Keep that in mind. The guides at Blue Heron are great... More
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Response from Watauga K | Reviewed this property |
We used Blue Heron Outfitters on The French Broad, They put in at a common picnic area local access, and take out at the Old Historical House on the Hill.
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