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Whitewater Rafting

From class 1-4, there is adventure for everyone! The French Broad River is an exciting whitewater rafting adventure that will thrill adventurous first time and experienced rafters alike. The French Broad River is the favorite whitewater rafting trip for vacationers to the Asheville, Lake Lure, Hot Springs, Black Mountain and Burnsville, NC region.

The Nolichucky River Gorge is one of the most adventurous and scenic rivers in the entire Southeast. The Upper Nolichucky has over 25 named class II, III, and IV rapids along nine miles of pristine wilderness.

For those looking for a more thrilling ride and have the skills to go with it, we offer inflatable kayaks on all our existing trips.

Class 3-4 Details

  • An experienced River Guide in every raft. Our guides carry all required safety certifications. Safety is our highest concern.
  • You will arrive at our outpost 30 minutes prior to your schedule trip time, all guests are required to sign a waiver, pre-trip safety talk, fitted with PFD, helmet and paddle, short bus ride to the put-in.
  • Ages 10+ (8+ for French Broad 1/2 day)
  • No experience required. Recommended for healthy active people. Please check with your physician if you have health concerns.
  • You will end your river trip at our Outpost.  Our facility offers hot showers, changing rooms, sand volleyball court, fire pits and stocked trout pond.

FRENCH BROAD FULL DAY

$75 per Person

The French Broad River is an exciting whitewater rafting adventure that will thrill adventurous first time and experienced rafters alike. The French Broad River is the favorite whitewater rafting trip for vacationers to the Asheville, Lake Lure, Hot Springs, Black Mountain and Burnsville, NC region.

French Broad River full day trip with lunch: Are you looking to spend more time discovering all the French Broad River has to offer? Our “full-day day trip with lunch” includes the 5 mile 1/2 day section, time to play and swim, a river-side picnic lunch and then another 3 miles that includes class 4 Frank Bell’s Rapid, which is one of the most talked about rapids in the Southeast!

French Broad River full-day trip with lunch

  • Guide in every Raft
  • Ages 8+. no experience is required.
  • $75 per person.
  • Group discounts: 9-26 people: $72 per person: 27+ people: $70 per person

 

NOLICHUCKY RIVER GORGE FULL DAY

 $85 per Person

Experience all 25+ class 2-4 rapids and 9 miles of the Nolichucky Gorge at a faster pace in all guided rafts (ducks are available on our full day lunch trip).

Are you looking to spend more time discovering all the Nolichucky River Gorge has to offer? The Nolichucky River full day trip includes a picnic riverside lunch and extra time to play, swim and surf in the rapids.

Self-paddled ducks may be available at some water levels and are highly recommended because they are so much fun!

NOLICHUCKY RIVER GORGE 1/2 DAY

$70 per Person

Don’t have time to spend a full-day on the Nolichucky?  You can choose a fully-guided raft trip during the warmest part of the day. This will allow you to enjoy the beautiful Nolichucky Gorge without spending your entire day on the river.

The headwaters and tributaries of the amazing Nolichucky River begin on the slopes of Mt. Mitchell, the highest mountain on the entire east coast. From there the Nolichucky rushes along the border of North Carolina and Tennessee through a gorge rimmed with beautiful cliffs and flowery rhododendron.

In the Spring you can generally expect higher water levels which means rafts are the craft of choice for our full day trip. For summer-time water levels, we give our customers the opportunity to paddle an inflatable duck or raft on the lunch trips.

FRENCH BROAD RIVER HALF DAY –$44-$56 per Person

The 5 mile half day trip offers wide, open channels, beautiful mountain vistas and fun, splashy class II and III rapids – perfect family rafting fun! The 5 mile French Broad River trip is a great choice for families or groups with children and teens!

There are many class 2 & 3 rapids, such as Pinball, S-Turn, Stack House, Sandy Bottom and Ledges! We will stop to take the leap into the river at JUMP ROCK and swim at SWIMMERS RAPID.

1/2 day French Broad River $44 per person

  • An professional river guide in every raft
  • Ages 8+. No experience required.
  • All gear provided by USA Raft
  • Group Discounts available

1/2 day French Broad River with lunch $56 per person

Enjoy a riverside lunch on the French Broad River. Our guests love to enjoy lunch and take a break to swim and play in the river. Vegetarian options are available.

LOWER NOLICHUCKY RIVER- $45-$55 per Person

 

Calmer rafting with mellow rapids on the Lower Nolichucky River, just 45 min. to Asheville, NC. Sit back, relax and enjoy the view! Imagine a relaxed family outing with time to swim, a chance to see Blue Herons and spectacular mountains along the way! Try an inflatable ducky or double-duck for even more adventure!

Class 1-2, Ages 4+

 

  • Calmer water rafting with scenic mountain views.
  • Fully guided, guide assisted and raft & ducky rentals.
  • Try an inflatable ducky or double-duck for even more adventure!

Half day – 2-3 hours $45 per person

  • An experienced guide in every raft.
  • Try an inflatable ducky or double-duck for even more adventure!
  • All equipment provided; pfd, helmet and paddle
  • Group discounts available

Half day with Lunch $55 per person

  • A delicious deli style lunch on the river.
  • Includes extra time to surf and play.
  • Kids love this trip!
  • Group discounts available

NOLICHUCKY RIVER OVERNIGHT-$185-$195 per Person

Ask the locals how to truly experience Tennessee’s majestic Nolichucky river and they’ll recommend an overnight white water rafting trip. USA Raft offers you the chance to fully immerse yourself in the outdoors with a multi-day river trip on the Nolichucky River. Overnight rafting trips offer an incredible opportunity to unplug and reconnect with your family or friends.  The two day trip offers you a mix of adventures on and off the raft. You will spend the day on the river, blasting through stunning scenery and thrilling whitewater. In the evening, relish the downtime in the open air as your expert guides prepare a hearty river-style meal at camp. Our guides will make you feel comfortable and competent during your adventure. The overnight rafting trips are some of their favorites to lead since they love spending time on the river and want to share that passion with you.

 

Overnight rafting trips include wet suits, splash gear, pfd, helmets, transportation to and from the river, tents, sleeping pads and all meals. Bring your sleeping bag and you’re set!

Pricing:

  • 1-8 people   $195 per person
  • 9 or more    $190 per person
  • 27 or more  $185 per person