French Broad River

Family-Friendly Rafting Near Asheville

If you're looking for family-friendly white water rafting only minutes from downtown Asheville, check out the scenic French Broad River. On NOC's French Broad rafting trips, you'll explore the third-oldest river in the world, located deep in the rugged Pisgah National Forest. 

You will learn about the rich history of this river, from its earliest native American settlers to the industrialization of Asheville. You will also see abudant wildlife, including heron and kingfishers, bald eagles, and even an occasional black bear. 

With its splashy Class II and III rapids, NOC's French Broad rafting trips are ideal for families, children, and young teenagers. The full-day trip finishes with Frank Bell's Rapid, a thrilling Class IV drop. Our half-day deluxe and full-day trips feature a delicious riverside gourmet lunch prepared fresh daily. 

NOC is the longest continually-operating outfitter on the French Broad, and our outpost is located approximately 30 minutes from Asheville.

French Broad River Rafting: Full-Day (with Lunch)

Distance: 8 Miles

Duration: 5-8 Hours (Depends on Water Level)

Price: $89.99-$94.99

Age: 8+ Years

Intensity: Intermediate

The full-day French Broad trip features 3 additional river miles, and includes more challenging rapids like Class IV Frank Bell’s. Learn More

French Broad River Rafting: Half-Day with Snack

Distance: 5 Miles

Duration: 3-4 Hours

Price: $49.99 - $54.99

Age: 8+ Years

Intensity: Beginner

Enjoy 5 miles of whitewater rafting on Class II-III rapids in gorgeous Pisgah National Forest near Asheville, NC. Learn More