French Broad River Rafting: Half-DayBook Now
Distance: 5 Miles
Duration: 3-4 Hours
Price: $49.99 - $54.99
Age: 8+ Years
The French Broad River flows through Pisgah National Forest and the stunning mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. Whitewater rafting its 5 miles of exciting Class II-III rapids, swift-moving currents and raft-sized boulders provides a fun, refreshing day outdoors for the family. Class III rapids like S-Turn, Big Pillow, Pinball and Ledges are the highlights, and numerous Class II rapids keep the river trip busy in between. Rafters will have a chance to stop and enjoy the beauty of the world's third-oldest river during a short break at Ledges rapid. With warm water, big splashes, and wide mountain views, rafting the French Broad is one of the best things to do in Asheville.
NOC provides all necessary gear and equipment.
First Time Rafting with Children
By: Holly M.
This was my first time rafting with my children who are young and small. All the guides were attentive and looking out for all the kids on the trip. Thank you so much! We feel ready for any whitewater adventure now.
By: Melinda M.
Redondo Beach, CA
The entire rafting experience was phenomenal. I am slightly older than middle-aged women who was with 4 teenagers—we all enjoyed the trip! It was exciting and they balanced the need for safety with the desire for a fun adventure.
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.