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, and features 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.
Distance: 5 Miles
Duration: 3.5-5 Hours
Age: 8+ Years
Raft exciting Class II-III whitewater rapids in Pisgah National Forest and enjoy an unforgettable riverside lunch near Ledges rapid. Learn More
Distance: 8 Miles
Duration: 5-8 Hours (Depends on Water Level)
Age: 8+ Years
The full-day French Broad trip features 3 additional river miles, and includes more challenging rapids like Class IV Frank Bell’s. Learn More