Rafting Trips

Whitewater Rafting Trips:

Whitewater RaftingFull day trip (9 mile) with class I-III plus a fun big class IV rapid
Morning trips daily.

Half day trip (5 mile) with class I-III rapids
Morning and afternoon trips daily | Minimum age for whitewater trips is 8.

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It was the perfect combination of a relaxing trip on the river and some exciting rapids. ~ Mathilde White, Mt. Pleasant, SC

Calm Water RaftingCalm Water Rafting Trips:

Float Trip (Calm water) and rentals available daily | Minimum age for calm water trips is 4.

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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

Group Information:

Group RaftingWe offer group rates for groups of 10 or more.

French Broad Rafting Expeditions can arrange trips for groups of all sizes and offers private group trips for special occasions.

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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.

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.