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

Distance: 8 Miles

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

Price: From $90

Age: 8+ Years

Intensity: Intermediate

This French Broad whitewater rafting trip starts with swift-moving rapids and big-sky mountain views as it flows through scenic Pisgah National Forest. The first 5 miles feature fun Class II-III water on rapids like Pillow, S-Turn and The Ledges. After the first half of the trip, your river guides treat you to a swim break and a delicious and freshly-prepared riverside lunch. Then you continue forward for another 3 miles of excitement, including the biggest rapids of the day: Kayaker’s Ledge and the Class IV grand-finale “Franks Bell's Rapid.” This trip is one of the best things to do in Asheville, NC.

NOC provides all necessary gear and equipment. 

What our Guests are Saying:

Guest Testimonials

Had a Blast!

By: Sandi B.
Garner, NC

Had a blast rafting the French Broad River this weekend. Our guides Harrison and Nathan made us feel completely safe taking our 8 and 11 year old daughters rafting! Highly recommend. We can't wait to do it again!

First Whitewater Rafting Excursion

By: TripAdvisor Reviewer
Austin, TX

I loved it! Wonderful conditions on the French Broad River today for our full day trip. Only 2 couples plus Lauren (a great guide and rafter), along with Harrison tagging along in his ducky to snap a few photos. Lunch about halfway was cold cut wraps, veggie sticks, hummus and fruit. But we were out on a rock island with the river roaring past - really cool! This was my first white water rafting excursion and I really enjoyed it, and want to do it again here soon.

Exceeded My Expectations By Far

By: TripAdvisor Reviewer
Asheville, NC

My boyfriend and I decided to do the all day rafting trip on the French Broad over Memorial Day this year. It exceeded my expectations by far. It was a 30-minute drive from Asheville, NC, which was a huge draw for us. Our guide, Caleb, was awesome, professional and funny!! The lunch was deli style on the river. More than enough food and delicious. It was a good balance of fun, excitement, and relaxation. I would totally do this trip again.

Outpost Overview

NOC's French Broad Rafting Outpost is located in Walnut, North Carolina, off Highway 25 near Asheville. With ample parking and a welcoming porch, it's a great place to relax before and after your Asheville rafting trip on the French Broad.


Onsite facilities include: 

  • Clean restrooms
  • Private changing facilities (no showers)
  • Picnic tables
  • Outpost store with t-shirts, snacks, drinks, sunblock and other sundries
  • Digital slideshow of your rafting trip



All French Broad River trips depart from our French Broad River Outpost, located between Weaverville, NC and Hot Springs, NC. The outpost is 25 miles NW of Asheville, NC, and 75 miles E of Gatlinburg, TN.

From Asheville: From I-240 take Exit 4A onto US 19/23 North. Drive nine miles, then take exit 19A onto Hwy 25/70 toward Marshall, NC. After 8.5 miles, the road changes from four lanes to two. Continue another 6.5 miles and you will see the NOC buildings on the left. The parking lot entrance is at the top of the hill. Please note: Hwy 25/70 is a scenic byway and signage is limited. If you pass the red Walnut VFD building, you've gone too far.

From Tri-Cities: Take I-26 East from Johnson City, TN. At Mars Hill, NC, take exit 11 onto Hwy 213. Follow Hwy 213 for approximately eight miles until you reach the junction with Hwy 25/70. Turn right onto 25/70 towards Hot Springs, NC. AB Tech College will be on your right. After about five miles, NOC will be on your left. The parking lot entrance is at the top of the hill. Please note: Hwy 25/70 is a scenic byway and signage is limited. If you pass the red Walnut VFD building, you've gone too far.

From Knoxville: Take Hwy 25/70 South from Newport, TN through Hot Springs, NC. Our meeting place is on Hwy 25/70, approximately 11 miles past Hot Springs. The parking lot entrance is on the right, 0.9 miles past the Walnut, NC turn-off sign. Watch closely! The entrance can be difficult to see traveling from the west.

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