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Whitewater Rafting in Madison County, NC
Experience whitewater rafting in the French Broad, the third oldest river in the world, trailing only the Nile River in Africa and the New River in West Virginia. The French Broad winds through Pisgah National Forest in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. This free-flowing river is ideal for families and young teens, with moderate Class II and III rapids. The full-day trip adds the awesome Class IV Frank Bell’s rapid — a river-wide drop. Lower French Broad River trips are relaxing floats with plenty of opportunities to swim and are perfect for children as young as 4 years of age.
There are several rafting companies throughout Madison County offering flexible trip times and fully guided or guide-assisted full and half-day trips. Half-day deluxe and full-day trips may include a riverside deli-style lunch. Some offer overnight trips with two days of rafting with meals and camping for a longer adventure!
Blue Heron Whitewater
Blue Heron Whitewater offers whitewater rafting trips on North Carolina’s French Broad River near Asheville, NC. Their most popular trips paddle the section of the French Broad River between Marshall and Hot Springs. This makes for an easy day trip from Asheville. Blue Heron provides excellent, fun-loving guides and all the appropriate river equipment, so you can maximize your fun while experiencing the Western North Carolina mountains by river!
French Broad Adventures
Whether its adventure and excitement of whitewater rafting or the ease and relaxation of a calm water trip, French Broad Adventures is the rafting outfitter for you, your family, or your group. For a thrilling whitewater rafting experience on Western North Carolina’s most scenic and free flowing river, the French Broad River is one of the oldest and most playful whitewater rivers in Western North Carolina. When visiting Asheville, North Carolina, let French Broad Adventures take you and your family or group on an exciting whitewater or calm water rafting adventure. See you on the river! We also offer ziplining and canyoneering.
Hot Springs Rafting Company
Hot Springs Rafting Company offers whitewater and calm water rafting trips on the French Broad River in Western North Carolina. They are based in Hot Springs, NC, (about 45 minutes from Asheville) and have flexible trip times and provide all transportation to and from the river once you arrive at our outpost in Hot Springs.
Nantahala Outdoor Center – French Broad River Outpost
French Broad whitewater rafting trips take you down the world’s third oldest river and is a great activity to add to your Asheville vacation. The French Broad flows through scenic Pisgah National Forest in the mountains of North Carolina, and is ideal for families and young teens. On French Broad River rafting trips, you can expect splashy and fun Class II and III rapids. The full-day trip option adds the percussive, Class IV Frank Bell’s Rapid, a river-wide, bouncy drop.
River and Earth Adventures
The highest quality outdoor adventure in the world pairing expert guides, pristine wilderness, top of the line equipment, and the best lunches on the river to guarantee a safe, thrilling, and memorable experience. From exploring hidden caves, to languid river cruises, to high adventure rafting, you will explore the secrets of the Appalachian Mountains. Enjoy a full day adventure covering over 8 miles of river with expert guides. Or take a float trip down miles of gentle whitewater. Canoeing and kayaking are also offered as well as guided hikes.
USA French Broad River
Whitewater rafting in NC & TN with USA Raft is an affordable, fun and exciting way to experience the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. They provide everything you will need for your rafting trip. Just bring a change of clothes and be ready to have fun and get wet! With over 30 years of experience, a rigorous guide training program and some of the best guides and gear in the business, USA Raft is well qualified to guide your family or group on an exciting whitewater rafting adventure in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina and East Tennessee.