Adventure Blog

Adventure Blog

The Ashe Farm

When booking rafting, ziplining, or canyoneering trips with us, many people ask for recommendations on where they should stay. The Ashe Farm, located just one mile up the road from the Madison County Courthouse in Marshall, is always high on our list. The Ashe Farm is a cozy bed and breakfast owned by Sandy and […]

What Our Staff Does During the ‘Off’ Season

Our work at French Broad Adventures is seasonal. Although there are a few brave souls who will love ziplining with us in the colder months, most of our business occurs within a 6–9 month timeframe. Most of our staff have to find other work to round out their year. For our staff members who are […]

Asheville Fall Color

We have a confession to make – we love the fall season in Western North Carolina. The air is crisp, the sky is bluer, and the leaves put on an earthy show of color. Things are slowing down a little, and we take a moment to appreciate a campfire, a warm cup of spiced tea, […]

Summer 2017

Wow! We had an unbelievable summer. Whitewater rafting and ziplining were as amazing as always, and we added another adventure to our offerings – canyoneering. People often ask us what it’s like to live and work in Western North Carolina, but words never quite do it justice. That’s why we thought we would let pictures […]

Zipline Safety and Inspections

There are many different types of inspections going on all the time at French Broad Adventures. They can be divided in to a few basic types: structural (the course), operational, gear (harnesses, helmets, etc) and trees. Each of these happens at prescribed intervals: daily, monthly, periodic and yearly or every third year. Daily Inspections We […]

Our trips go out – rain or shine!

We get asked this question all of the time: “Will my trip get cancelled if it rains?”   The short answer: No. Our trips go out, rain or shine! When it comes to whitewater rafting and canyoneering, you are going to get wet on your trip regardless of the weather. Even with ziplining, the rain […]

Canyoneering in Asheville, North Carolina

Looking for a true adventure? Go canyoneering with us! Canyoneering is an adventure sport that combines multiple outdoor adventures such as hiking, boulder-hopping, and waterfall rappelling to traverse down a canyon, typically formed by a river. It is an awesome way to explore the river and experience waterfalls. Get off the beaten path… literally! Click […]

“Bucket” Boats versus Self-Bailing Boats

At French Broad Adventures, we use two kinds of boats: Bucket Boats and Self-Bailing Boats. Contrary to what you may have heard, neither raft is ‘better’ than the other. Instead, they are each uniquely suited to different water conditions, and each have their pros and cons. A standard floor raft, sometimes known as a “bucket […]