Whitewater Rafting Trips:
Half day trip (5 mile) with class I-III rapids
Morning and afternoon trips daily | Minimum age for whitewater trips is 8.
It was the perfect combination of a relaxing trip on the river and some exciting rapids. ~ Mathilde White, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Float Trip (Calm water) and rentals available daily | Minimum age for calm water trips is 4.
We took a trip down the “calm” section of the river. We had an 8 year old that had never rafted before and this was an excellent introduction for her. ~ Angdav, Greenville, NC
French Broad Rafting Expeditions can arrange trips for groups of all sizes and offers private group trips for special occasions.
Our youth group had a fantastic time with French Broad Rafting Expeditions. We didn’t feel like a herd of cattle being rushed down the river. Our guides took their time so we could enjoy every minute!
~ Frank Huggins, North Carolina
A word about “Whitewater”
Whitewater is formed when a river’s gradient increases enough to disturb its smooth flow and create turbulence, i.e. form a bubbly or aerated, and rolling current so the frothy water appears white. The term “whitewater” also has a broader meaning, applying to any river or creek itself that has a significant number of rapids.
- Class I: Gentle moving water with some riffles and a few small waves.
- Class II: Faster moving water with clear channels and avoidable rocks and waves.
- Class III: Fast moving water containing various rocks, currents, waves, and drops that require skillful maneuvering to avoid.
- Class IV: Strong rapids, fast currents, large waves, and bigger drops requiring multiple maneuvers to get through or around.
- Class V: All of the characteristics of Class IV with the added excitement of being longer and more challenging, with many continuous features that may not be avoidable.
- Class VI : Only a team of experts who carefully plan every aspect of this expedition would have any hope of successfully running and surviving these rivers and rapids.