French Broad River Rafting: Half-Day

Distance: 5 Miles

Duration: 3-4 Hours

Price: From $50

Age: 8+ Years

Intensity: Beginner

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 the necessary gear and equipment.

Looking to add lunch to your trip? Check out our Deluxe Trip

What our Guests are Saying:

Guest Testimonials

Could Not Have Been More Perfect

By: Janean F.
Charlotte, NC

Our white water experience in the NOC Asheville area was perfect today. We signed up for the 9am trip and it could not have been more perfect. Thanks to Johnny for being a great guide and for taking us down the French Broad River. All staff were nice and professional. Even the bus trip to the river was fun!


Super Fun Time

By: JoAnn M.
Rocky Mount, NC

We have been on a number of trips with NOC. When checking rafting, we checked on all of the rafting companies available and elected to go with NOC, even though some others were a few dollars less, because we have made many trips with NOC and feel quite secure with NOC's priority on safety first and how they insure that everyone has a great trip and super fun time.

Highly Recommend!

By: TripAdvisor Reviewer

Highly recommend! We opted for the 9am rafting trip on the French Broad. Our guide Harrison made sure we were all safe and that we all had a great time. The rapids were great for beginners-- just enough excitement and adventure for first timers. When it was over we wished we had booked the entire day!

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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