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Self-Guided Calm Water

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Family on a calm water rafting trip.

Enjoy a self-guided float trip in a raft or in one of our inflatable kayaks (duckies). We provide transportation to and from the river, only a few short minutes from our Hot Springs outpost. This trip is a great introduction to river rafting with easy Class I-II rapids. It is on a beautiful and serene section of the French Broad River. This trip is a great choice for those who want to explore the scenic beauty of Western North Carolina and are up for paddling without a guide.

Trip Details

44.00
/pp
2-3 Hours
Easy
4

Season

Memorial Day – Labor Day

Age

TAg-alongs

Allowed - $/person

Class Rapids

I-II

Duration Info

Length varies on weather/river conditions.

Required to Wear

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

Intensity

This calm water trip offers an easy and pleasurable float that is appropriate for all skill levels and particularly suited to beginners.

weight

Notes

Reservations recommended; walk-ins welcome

We provide



Rafting

For Whitewater Trips:
  • Raft gear
  • PFD
  • Helmet
  • Paddle
  • Raft
  • Guide
  • Splash gear (if requested)
  • Beverages (water, lemonade)
  • Snacks (nutrition bars, crackers)
For Calm Water Trips:
  • Raft (minimum 4 people required)
  • Single Duckie
  • Splash gear (if needed)
For Whitewater Trips:
  • Raft gear
  • PFD
  • Helmet
  • Paddle
  • Raft
  • Guide
  • Splash gear (if requested)
  • Beverages (water, lemonade)
  • Snacks (nutrition bars, crackers)
For Calm Water Trips:
  • Raft (minimum 4 people required)
  • Single Duckie
  • Splash gear (if needed)

Please Bring

Rafting

If you forget these items we have many of them for sale in our store.

  • Shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Strap for glasses
  • Towel
  • Change of dry clothing (for after the trip)

If you forget these items we have many of them for sale in our store.

  • Shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Strap for glasses
  • Towel
  • Change of dry clothing (for after the trip)

Do Not Bring

  • Animals to the outpost, no exceptions.
  • Valuables or anything else that you would mind having lost, wet, or broken.

Participation Requirements

Rafting

Physical Fitness

Participants should feel comfortable sitting for an extended time in the boat and be able to paddle and assist in their own rescue if possible.

Health and Medical Conditions

  • You cannot participate if you have an existing medical condition that could require urgent care (such as major heart problems or seizure disorders) or if you have a condition that could jeopardize your or another participant’s safety. 
  • We also do not recommend that you participate in whitewater rafting if you are pregnant or have significant musculoskeletal problems – please seek the advice of your physician before booking your trip. 
  • Calm water rafting trips are suitable for pregnant persons.
  • You cannot participate if you are under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any medication that could impair you in any way.

If you may require any fast-acting medications such as an EpiPen, diabetic glucose, or an asthma inhaler please bring them on your trip and inform your Guides.

Waiver

  • You participate at your own risk.
  • All guests are required to sign a waiver.

Physical Fitness

Participants should feel comfortable sitting for an extended time in the boat and be able to paddle and assist in their own rescue if possible.

Health and Medical Conditions

  • You cannot participate if you have an existing medical condition that could require urgent care (such as major heart problems or seizure disorders) or if you have a condition that could jeopardize your or another participant’s safety. 
  • We also do not recommend that you participate in whitewater rafting if you are pregnant or have significant musculoskeletal problems – please seek the advice of your physician before booking your trip. 
  • Calm water rafting trips are suitable for pregnant persons.
  • You cannot participate if you are under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any medication that could impair you in any way.

If you may require any fast-acting medications such as an EpiPen, diabetic glucose, or an asthma inhaler please bring them on your trip and inform your Guides.

Waiver

  • You participate at your own risk.
  • All guests are required to sign a waiver.

You'll be given some brief instruction on paddling and navigating the small Class I rapids that you'll encounter on Section 10 of the French Broad River. Then we'll transport you and your equipment to the start of the 4-mile calm water section. A few hours later, transportation will be waiting for your return to our Hot Springs outpost where you started. The self-guided calm water trip allows you to explore beautiful scenery and if you keep your eyes peeled, you might catch sight of a Great Blue Heron, an Osprey, or an Eagle.

Meeting Locations

Please refer to your confirmation email for your scheduled times and locations.

 - 
315 Bridge St, Hot Springs, NC 28743
 - 
12 Good Adventures Ln, Marshall, NC 28753

NOTE: Trips only leave from the Hot Springs Outpost between Memorial Day and Labor Day. For all other dates, trips will leave from the Marshall Outpost.

March - Memorial Day: meet at the Marshall Outpost
Memorial Day - Labor Day: meet at the Hot Springs Outpost
Labor Day - November: meet at the Marshall Outpost

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We Offer Group Reservations

Bringing a group to Asheville? French Broad Adventures caters to groups of all sizes.

Group Reservations

Awesome experience! I've been rafting before and it was terrible in comparison to this. Super knowledgable guides that knew exactly what they were doing. I felt safe the entire time even going through some rough class 3 rapids. Beautiful views and facility the whole way including the lunch area! Even the bus rides were entertaining with the guide telling jokes the whole time. I've got nothing bad to say!! An amazing and fun experience even for kids!!

Julia Catoe

Everyone who knows me would’ve never believed how much of an adventurer I became with French broad adventures! The team is knowledgeable and because they’re calm and fun they bring that side of you out! I would’ve never thought about water rafting and jumping into the river but I did, and I would’ve not traded it for the world! It is an experience that I will forever cherish and given me confidence that I am thankful for! THANK YOUUUUUU!! More than five stars if I could! Thank you Robert (water rafting) and Sam and Thomas (zip lining) an experience of a lifetime!

Isabel Cristina

This was our families second adventure with French Broad. 2 years ago we did the 5 mile white water rafting, and last month we did the 9 mile. (they wanted more adventure!) I cannot say enough about how friendly, knowledgeable and professional the staff/guides are. The lunch they prepare for you on the 9 mile ride is fantastic! Of course nature takes care of the majestic views. Love that they allow you to get out and swim and even jump off cliffs! For the second time in 2 years everything went as planned. Not one hiccup!! AAAA++++

Lisa Smith Kennedy

If you're like me, you spend way too many hours reviewing reviews and comparing rafting companies....Let me help you, STOP! There is truly no reason to spend another minute doing research. This company is the real deal. The staff were all top-notch! and the trip down the river was a blast. Great lunch about halfway down the river. I strongly recommend the 9 mile run.

John Cramer

The staff are exceptional. Participating in both the rafting and zip lining was an incredible experience. Great equipment, location, and views.

Jacklyn Rhodes

If your group loves adventure you seriously need to go to French Broad Adventures! We did Ziplining in the morning (ask for Ariel and Becca), and then we went white water rafting (ask for Allie)! The guides were amazing and fun! Seriously super nice people! I can’t wait to visit again!

Maurisa Tremain