French Broad River Rafting: Full-Day (with Lunch)Book Now
Distance: 8 Miles
Duration: 5-8 Hours (Depends on Water Level)
Age: 8+ Years
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.
Emphasis on Safety
By: Emily V.
It's been a long time since I was last whitewater rafting. Your emphasis on safety before and during the trip was impressive and appreciated. I had my young daughter with me and you eased my mind.
Rafting Since the Mid-70s
By: Elizabeth R.
I have been travelling to NOC since the mid-70s and I am so happy to see the company grow. The guides were extremely knowledgable and upbeat. They made us feel important and needed.
NOC's French Broad Outpost is located near Walnut, North Carolina, off Highway 25. With ample parking and a welcoming porch, it's a great place to relax before and after your French Broad rafting trip.
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.