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“fantastic time”

Blue Heron Whitewater
Ranked #3 of 12 things to do in Marshall
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Closest whitewater rafting outfitter to Asheville, NC. Blue Heron Whitewater offers a variety of trips on the French Broad River. Choose the trip that fits your group and schedule. Half Day Trips enjoy 5 miles, with class II-III rapids. Full Day Trips add 3 more miles, a delicious deli-style lunch served riverside, and a class IV rapid. Minimum age for whitewater trips is 8. Float Trips are offered for families with kids as young as 4 and for those looking for a scenic float trip through the beautiful Southern Appalachian Mountains. On the river you are no longer a spectator!Come visit our new solar-powered outpost with hot showers, free wet suit use in cool weather and the most experienced guides on the river.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage
Miami Beach, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“fantastic time”
Reviewed 1 April 2014

My family of 4 (two kids 7 and 10) went on an afternoon rafting adventure. We had a fantastic time out. Everybody that works at the Blue Heron are extremely professional and just plain FUN! We loved our time there and will definitely head there on our next trip to the area. I highly recommend taking time out of your trip whether in the Asheville, Marshall or Mars Hill area. Very easy to find as well.

Visited July 2013
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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this review, 2 April 2014
Thanks for rafting with us. We really appreciate it, and thanks for taking the time to write a review. We have a great crew of fun guides who pride themselves on doing a professional job. Hope to see you again this year.
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Orlando, Florida
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81 reviews
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“Wonderful Experience”
Reviewed 20 January 2014

Two of us went whitewater rafting with one of the owners and we were the only people on the river that day! It was a cold day in April, 2013 but we were dressed in wetsuits and had a fantastic 5 mile experience. Definitely recommend them for a fun experience!

Visited April 2013
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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this review, 23 January 2014
We have heard it said that there in no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing. And this is true (to a point). We have wet suits, neoprene socks and gloves, fleece tops, splash jackets and splash pants. And for after the trip: hot showers, hot coffee, and hot chocolate. Why, you might ask, do we provide all this free of charge? Well, because we want to go rafting. And although we could go rafting by ourselves, it's more fun to meet new people and enjoy a day on the river with them. So if free hot chocolate will get folks to go rafting with us, then free hot chocolate it is.
Thanks for braving the cold weather and rafting with us. I think tomorrow's high is supposed to be 27, so give us a call and we'll raft, paddle and slide our way down the river. The hot chocolate will be waiting.
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Duncan, South Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
92 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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“Great time!”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

My company came here for a team building event in July. We did a half-day trip with Blue Heron. The staff was VERY friendly and helpful. The trip was mostly small stuff, but we had some people new to rafting, so that was okay. Our trip included lunch served on the river bank during the trip. This was very well done -- all very fresh and tasty. Their facilities are very nice! There is a room with showers and changing rooms. The experience was overall very good. I am thinking about going back next spring with family/friends!

Visited July 2013
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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this review, 23 January 2014
Thanks for coming rafting with us for your team building. The team part of rafting is one of the things we like best about the sport. Working together, balancing strengths, communication. All this makes for a better trip on the river. And education. About the environment, history of the area, reading the currents, and how to drive a raft. We want a river trip with Blue Heron Whitewater to be more then a ride. We want it to be an experience.
Thanks again and hope to see you in the spring. Which will be here soon.
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Jacksonville, Florida
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“They are the best”
Reviewed 4 October 2013 via mobile

I have rafted all over the US and this is one of the best outfitters I have experienced. They are all about customer service. When visiting the Asheville area this is an excellent way to spend quality family time.

Visited October 2013
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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this review, 6 October 2013
Thanks for rafting with us and thanks very much for your comments and review. The many, many years we've been leading river trips have only continued to reinforce our philosophy that even though a nice and clean building is important, and good guides are important, and a good fresh lunch is important, and even though these things are all part of the whole, the core focus from phone call to photo show must be the guest experience.
Thanks again and hope to see you on the river.
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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96 reviews
26 attraction reviews
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“Great time on French Broad”
Reviewed 16 September 2013

Our Y-Guides tribe took a trip down the French Broad river with Blue Heron and had a great time. Our guide, "Wild Man Jack," got us safely through the rapids while having a fun time. The river-side lunch of grilled burgers and hot dogs was perfect. Upon return to the rafting company, we took hot showers, then they lead us through a humorous photo show of our group. All in all, a great time!

Visited September 2013
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BlueHeronWhitewater, Owner at Blue Heron Whitewater, responded to this review, 18 September 2013
Glad to hear you had a good time on the river. We look forward to the Y-Guides trips all year. The trips are always great fun with lots of positive energy and laughter. It's great fun to see the photos after the trip too, as there are always some interesting facial expressions caught on film.
Thanks again, we really appreciate your comments and hope to see you again soon.
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