Nothing brings people together like a day of splashing, laughing, and paddling through rapids! (Don’t worry, your guide can help with the paddling part).Book Your Adventure
Asheville’s Closest Whitewater Experience Is An Unforgettable French Broad Adventure
Experience the thrilling adventure of whitewater rafting while enjoying the natural beauty of the 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 river. Plus they’ll get you back with plenty of time for evening activities and dinner in Asheville.
We offer five-mile or nine-mile whitewater rafting trips that last from three to six hours. Experience the class II to class IV rapids and see what a French Broad whitewater rafting adventure is all about.
$53.00 – $90.00/person
3-6 hours, depending on trip length. Trip lengths range from 5-9 miles
March 1st – November 1st; Reservations required.
Class II – Class IV rapids, depending on weather conditions.
Our minimum age limit for whitewater rafting is 8 years old.
Raft gear; PFD, Helmet, paddle, raft and guide. We also have splash gear if requested. All trips come with beverages (water, lemonade) and snacks (nutrition bars, crackers, etc). If you are interested in the longer trip with lunch provided, please choose the “with lunch” option when booking.
Shoes/water shoes, sunscreen, hat, strap for glasses, towel, and a change of dry clothing for after the trip. If you forget these items we have many of them for sale in our store.
Animals to the outpost.
Valuables or anything else that you would mind having lost, or broken.
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.
Rain or shine. Regardless, you are going to get wet on your whitewater rafting trip. It’s part of the fun! However, for safety reasons, we may cancel a trip for a lightning storm or other severe weather.
Our guides are providing a professional service to you, your family, or your group. All of your guides are highly trained and depend on tips as part of their salary. A good rule of thumb is to tip your guide as you would a server in a restaurant, 15-20% of the trip, but of course, any tipping is at your own discretion. Gratuity is deeply appreciated.
Book a Whitewater Rafting Trip
$80* per person
Class I-IV Rapids
- Morning trips daily
- Includes lunch
- Approximate trip time is 5-6 hours
$53* per person
Class I-III Rapids
- Morning & Afternoon Trips Daily
- Includes snack
- Approximate trip time is 3-4 hours
- Minimum age is 8
5-Mile Trip with Lunch
$61* per person
Class I-III Rapids
- Morning Trips Daily
- Includes lunch
- Approximate trip time is 3-4 hours
- Minimum age is 8
*Prices listed do not include $1.85 per person for permit and processing fees
Meet at the Marshall, NC Outpost
Our address is 12 Good Adventures Lane Marshall, NC 28753. Most GPS/Wayfinding Apps will recognize it. Once you arrive at our Outpost, drive all the way up to the top of the hill where you’ll find the rafting center.
We do not recommend using ride-sharing services (Uber, Lyft, etc) to get to our main outpost. While Marshall is only 30 minutes outside of Asheville it’s much more quiet and rural, which means return rides can be difficult to secure. Please plan on driving or having a dedicated ride to your adventure. If you have questions, please call us.
Why Choose Us?
- We’re the closest whitewater rafting to Asheville, and our outpost is a short drive from town.
- We have FUN! Our guides love what they do and want to be sure that you have the best experience possible.
- Our guides are some of the most experienced on the river. We have guided over 500K trips to date. Basically, this ain’t our first rodeo.
- French Broad River whitewater rafting is much warmer and less crowded than other area rivers.
- Want to zipline and raft on the same day? We are the only raft / zip combo close enough to Asheville that you can do both activities in a single day.
Whitewater Rafting FAQs
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 & first aid, and our Trip Leaders have advanced medical certifications as well as swift water rescue experience.
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.
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.
Yes, so smile pretty when you are coming through that rapid. One of our photographers is on the side of the river to take your picture from Memorial Weekend to Labor Day Weekend. When you get back to the outpost after your trip, you can view your photos on the computers in the store, and purchase them before you head home to brag about your adventure.
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.
Deposits are refundable with a call to our office with a minimum three day (72 hours) notice. Any cancellations under three days to trip time will result in forfeit of trip cost. Trips booked under three days in advance are not eligible for refunds. French Broad Rafting whitewater rafting trips go rain or shine, 7 days a week, March through October. If you need to reschedule your trip within three days to trip time, a $50 rescheduling fee will apply. Contact us with any questions about Cancellations.
French Broad Adventures requires all guests to sign a waiver. Please download the waiver and fill out and bring it with you at the time of your trip. (You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to download the waivers from our website). You can also complete the waiver form at the outpost on the day of your trip, but please allow extra time for this.
FBA makes every reasonable effort to ensure a quality and fun rafting trip. However, there are certain conditions in whitewater rafting beyond our control. All guests are required to sign a waiver and participate at their own risk. Anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be excluded from trips. No refunds.
What Our Guests Say
“Inspiration675909Had a fabulous time whitewater rafting with Calvin! He is super sweet and made the experience fun, with all of us feeling very safe with him as our guide. It was just the right amount of whitewater for us – nothing too crazy, but enough to be exciting. We will definitely go again!”
“Our first white-water rafting experience as a family was fantastic! Jim was an excellent guide who made our journey down the French Broad one we will never forget. From squeezing our raft through the smallest opening to running us up on rocks only to spin away and on down the river. So fun! Our oldest daughter even did a little cliff jump halfway down the route. My husband is a Civil War buff and Jim shared his knowledge of local Civil War stories, and also some history of the river and surrounding area. Highly recommend this adventure!”Lisa E.
“Best Day Ever!KennyMB.Our family spent a half-day white water rafting. Our guide was Marti, and what a fantastic day we had on the rapids. The whole guide team was amazing. The lunch they provided was yummy, and our personal guide really made our adventure very memorable. Thank you for making our day most excellent!”