French Broad Rafting: Half-Day Deluxe (with Lunch)

Distance: 5 Miles

Duration: 3.5-5 Hours

Price: From $65

Age: 8+ Years

Intensity: Beginner

Only 30 minutes from downtown Asheville, a whitewater rafting trip on the French Broad River takes you down the world’s third oldest river and through scenic Pisgah National Forest. You’ll raft five miles of challenging Class II and III rapids with swift-moving channels and raft-sized boulders. And, on this deluxe trip, your group will stop to enjoy a delicious riverside lunch freshly prepared near Ledges Rapid. With its warm waters, continuous splashing rapids and scenic mountain views, the French Broad River is one of the best things for families to do in Asheville, NC. 

NOC provides all the necessary gear and equipment.

Don't want lunch included? Check out our Standard Half Day Trip 

What our Guests are Saying:

Guest Testimonials

A Fun and Thrilling Time

By: TripAdvisor Reviewer
Nashville, TN

My children (10 and 13 years old) and I took the French Broad River half-day deluxe trip at the end of June. The French Broad outpost was clean and well-maintained. The safety instruction review given by the lead guide was reiterated with a video. Both were practical and to the point. The bus trip to the water was about 10 minutes long. We had Alex as our guide and he was great. Alex was highly competent, friendly, informative, and playfully engaged my children. I felt like we were in good hands as we navigated rapids. There were only three of us and our guide in one raft and I was a little apprehensive. We had a fun and thrilling time. The scenery was beautiful. We saw quite a few great blue herons. Lunch was well-organized and well-provisioned. I don't know how NOC compares to other outfitters, but I was very impressed. I called with questions prior to booking and the lady on the phone was very helpful. There were two guides who rode in duck boats. They helped the rafts over a tricky spot and took photos. To me, this outfitter does a good job of taking care of patrons. I look forward to taking another rafting trip with NOC when I am in Eastern TN/Western NC.


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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