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Group whitewater rafting down the French Broad River

Experience the thrilling adventure of whitewater rafting or a calm float immersed in the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Pisgah National Forest. Our team of professional, experienced, and, dare we say, funny whitewater rafting guides will make sure you thoroughly enjoy a day on the French Broad River.

Available Rafting Trips


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Half-Day Whitewater Rafting

55.00
3-4 Hours
Moderate
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Full-Day Whitewater Rafting

88.00
5-6 Hours
Moderate
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Half-Day Whitewater Rafting + Lunch

65.00
3-4 Hours
Moderate
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Guided Calm Water

53.00
2-3 Hours
Easy
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Self-Guided Calm Water

40.00
2-3 Hours
Easy
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19.50
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Whitewater & Waterfalls Plus

Half-Day Rafting (w/ Lunch) + Full-Day Canyoneering

175.50
2 Days
Moderate
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18.30
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Ridges & Rapids

Ziplining + Full-Day Rafting

164.70
5-6 Hours
Moderate
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14.80
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Chill & Thrill

Calm Water Rafting + Ziplining

133.20
1 day
Easy
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16.00
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Zip & Dip

Ziplining + Half-Day Rafting

135.00
1 Day
Moderate
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18.50
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Whitewater & Waterfalls

Half-Day Rafting + Full-Day Canyoneering

166.50
2 Days
Moderate
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21.80
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Whitewater & Waterfalls Expedition

Full-Day Rafting (w/ Lunch) + Full-Day Canyoneering

196.20
2 Days
Moderate
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13.50
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Float and Fly

Self-Guided Calm Water Rafting + Guided Ziplining

121.50
6-7 Hours
Easy

Asheville’s Closest Whitewater Experience is an Unforgettable French Broad Adventure

Our whitewater rafting trips are exciting but not overwhelming and provide a great introduction to whitewater while providing enough thrills for the experienced paddler. Trips begin and end just outside of Asheville, North Carolina. Tour the heart of the scenic French Broad River valley on our half-day or full-day whitewater rafting trips that feature Class II to Class IV rapids.

Learn more about whitewater classifications.

Relax and Unwind On Calm Water Trips

French Broad Adventures offers guided and unguided calm water rafting trips that feature class I-II rapids. The calm water float trips take you on a slow, meandering, and pastoral section of the French Broad River. Calm water rafting is a great option for families with smaller children and those who simply want to be on the water and take in the scenery.

FAQs

What Are The Age Requirements?

Our minimum age limit for whitewater rafting is 8 years old.

How Many People Per Boat?

Our rafts allow for 6-7 guests plus 1 guide.

Will I Fall Out Of The Raft?

Possibly! There is a chance that you may fall out of the raft. But relax and enjoy the float. Your guide will get you back in the raft as quickly as possible. BUT, before you even begin your trip and touch the water, your Trip Leader will go through a safety talk on how to brace into the raft, and what to do if you should fall in the water.

What Should I Wear When Rafting?

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

Spring and Fall – Layers, Layers, Layers!!! Complimentary wet suits (please wear swimsuits 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 denim for your rafting trip. You may also want to wear wool or synthetic socks (i.e. SmartWool) with shoes during this time. Summer – Swimsuit with shorts and a t-shirt or tank top.

What Is A Duckie?

A duckie is an inflatable kayak made for one person. Prior experience is not required. If you would like to paddle a duckie, please request one when you make your reservation.

Is Whitewater Rafting Safe?

Like all adventure activities, whitewater rafting has inherent risk. Please keep in mind that French Broad Adventures has very experienced and professional staff. We will educate you on rafting procedures prior to your trip, and our guides will always have your safety in mind. However, French Broad Adventures does not assume liability for personal injuries. You will be asked to read and sign a waiver agreement prior to your trip. For everyone’s safety, we do not allow anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol to go on any of our trips. No refunds will be made.

Do Water Levels Impact Trip Distances?

The French Broad River is a free-flowing river and water levels fluctuate depending on rainfall. This is beyond our control. If the river is much lower or higher than normal this can potentially affect the quality and safety of your trip, so we will modify the trip distance or location as necessary. Check current water levels

Do I Need To Know How To Swim?

No. We have taken many children and adults down the French Broad River who do not know how to swim. Not only does French Broad Adventures provide top-notch safety equipment (life jacket and helmet), but our guides are all certified in CPR and first aid, and our Trip Leaders have advanced medical certifications as well as swift water rescue experience.

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This was so much fun! The staff are all very helpful and friendly. Their main objective is to make sure the customers have fun, but they are all about safety first and foremost. The entire trip was loaded with history and information which made it more than just a fun excursion. Richard was our guide, and he did such an awesome job keeping all of us focused and working together. He is very good at what he does. We had a great time!

Penne Hout

The guides are so knowledgeable, the area is rustic and the river has so much beauty. We were novice rafters and the 2 & 3 rapids were just the right level of exciting!! A great value for the length of the trip downriver too.

Ann Pieta

My boyfriend got sick the morning of our zip lining/rafting trip, and the staff let us reschedule for the next day with no charge. Everyone was so friendly and helpful!!! Our guides were wonderful as well. Thomas and D were great guides on our zip lining trip and were so knowledgeable and hilarious. Augustine was an amazing rafting guide as well. He was so personable and clearly has a passion for what he does. Rafting was my favorite part of the day, and the scenery was beautiful. I highly recommend this family-owned company over any other in the area!!!!! This was all around a great experience!!!

T Bird

Ahhhmazing!! Everyone was so courteous and skilled. Sean was a hilarious guide to and from the rafting area. Divans was our river guide and not only did he show us a fantastic time but he was funny and a great showman. No one in our raft had ever been before and we all had a blast. Can’t wait to return on our next time in the area to do the 9 mile trip.

Jessica Scott Madsen

Visited the french broad this summer, what a blast. Me, my boyfriend and our four grown boy went and we can’t stop talking about it. The company was very well ran, and made us feel safe at all times! The rafting and ziplines were awesome but it is the guide who really make this trip stand out above all the rest. Mitch,Justin and Jason aka "bacon" knew their history of the area and very very very funny!!! Have recommended this company to many friends who were heading that way for vacation! If your vacationing in the area or just passing threw, this is a must stop for your trip!!!! See you guys soon! Can’t wait to nite zipline and planning to visit on my honeymoon!!!! You guys rock!!!

Kimberly Racolta