Reservations: 800-570-7238


Trips run 7 days a week March through October

Check-in for whitewater rafting trips is at the French Broad Rafting Expeditions MARSHALL OUTPOST.

Whitewater RaftingExperience the exciting adventure of whitewater rapids and enjoy the natural beauty of the Pisgah National Forest as French Broad Rafting & Ziplines takes you down the French Broad River on a memorable rafting journey. Our team of professional and experienced river staff assures that you get much more out of your trip than just simply making it down the river. You will learn the names of the rapids, the history of the river, basic paddling techniques, river safety information, AND have a fun-filled unforgettable rafting experience.

9 mile trip – Morning trips daily.
Class I-IV rapids:

  • Includes lunch
  • Approximate trip time is 5-6 hours
  • Price — $75
  • Minimum age is 8-absolutely no exceptions

5 mile trip – Morning and afternoon trips daily
Class I-III rapids

  • Includes snack
  • Approximate trip time is 3-4 hours
  • Price — $51
  • Minimum age is 8-absolutely no exceptions

5 mile trip (with lunch) – Morning trips daily.
Class I-III rapids

  • Includes lunch
  • Approximate trip time is 3-4  hours
  • Price — $59
  • Minimum age is 8-absolutely no exceptions

Some Quick Facts about the French Broad River.

  • The French Broad River got its name because the river flowed north toward French owned land and because the river is so broad (wide).
  • The main stem of the French Broad River is in Rosman, North Carolina.
  • The French Broad River is one of only a few rivers in the United States that flows North.
  • The French Broad River flows 210 miles through Asheville, North Carolina, then north to Tennessee and eventually into the Mississippi River and then into the Gulf of Mexico.
  • The French Broad River is a free flowing river that includes plenty of small mouth bass and catfish, which makes for a great day of fishing.
  • The French Broad River is one of the oldest rivers in the world with only the Nile and New river predating the French Broad.

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.

Whitewater Classification Scale:
This scale is subjective. It is meant only as a guideline to describe a rapid or river. Remember that there is always a skilled raft guide in every raft on the class III-IV sections of the French Broad River when you choose French Broad River Expeditions as your rafting outfitter. If you have questions, it is best to speak with one of our knowledgeable reservationists to assist you in choosing your trip.
  • 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.