Because we guarantee a guide in every raft, we strongly encourage making a reservation so we can have the appropriate staffing for the day. If you are planning to come in July or August we recommend making your reservation early because our peak season trips fill up quickly.

Call us and let our friendly reservations staff assist you in scheduling your rafting trip between 8am and 10pm. You may also book your trip online 24 hours a day. Full payment is required to confirm your reservation and this can be done with any major credit card or check (time permitting).

Cancellation policy

Deposits are refundable with a call to our office with a minimum three day (72 hours) notice. Any cancellations under three days to trip time will result in forfeit of trip cost. Trips booked under three days in advance are not eligible for refunds. French Broad Rafting whitewater rafting trips go rain or shine, 7 days a week, March through October. If you need to reschedule your trip within three days to trip time, a $50 rescheduling fee will apply.


French Broad Rafting requires all guests to sign a waiver. Please download the waiver and fill out and bring with you at the time of your trip. (You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to download the waivers from our website). You can also complete the waiver form at the outpost on the day of your trip, but please allow extra time for this.

Download waiver—Guests 18 years and older
Download waiver — Guests 17 years and under (must be signed by a parent/guardian)

FBR makes every reasonable effort to ensure a quality and fun rafting trip. However, there are certain conditions in whitewater rafting beyond our control. All guests are required to sign a waiver and participate at their own risk. Anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be excluded from trips. No refunds.

What to Wear

REQUIRED: shoes that won’t come off in the water (sandals with strap on the back, water shoes or old tennis shoes).

Spring and Fall – Layers, Layers, Layers!!! Complimentary wet suits (please wear swim suits underneath) and splash gear (rain jackets and/or pants) are available for all guests as needed at no extra charge. We recommend that you wear wool or synthetic material (i.e. polyester, nylon or dry-fit). We DO NOT RECOMMEND that you wear cotton (i.e. sweatshirts and sweatpants) or jeans for your rafting trip.  You may also want to wear wool or synthetic socks (i.e. smartwool) with shoes during this time. Summer – Swim suit with shorts and a t-shirt or tank top.

Additional things to remember – shoes, sunscreen, hat, strap for glasses, towel and a change of dry clothing for after the trip. If you forget these items we have many of them for sale in our store.


Laughs, smiles, and great memories! As you are paddling down the 5 mile or 9 mile whitewater section of the French Broad River…Smile Pretty!

All Terrain Images will be on the side of the river taking pictures of your whitewater rafting adventures. All Terrain Images is on the site from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend. When you arrive back at French Broad Rafting Expeditions Marshall Outpost, you can view your photos and have prints made or copied to a CD.


Paddle a Duckie for Extra Adventure!

French Broad Rafting also offers the opportunity to paddle the rapids in an Inflatable Kayak (Duckie). Duckie paddlers go along with the rafts on the trip. Experienced guides will assist you every step of the way to explain how to run the rapids and to teach paddling technique.

To ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience we suggest you be in average physical condition. Minimum age for duckies is 10 years old. No exceptions!

There are a limited number of duckies available. Please request a duckie when making your reservation.