French Broad Rafting Expeditions

5, Walnut

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In a Nutshell

  • Rapids for all skill levels
  • Expedition lasts 2–3 hours
  • Experienced guides
  • Snack & gear provided

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Before man conquered his fear of water, he amused himself with dust sports such as pushing boulders off cliffs, wrestling tumbleweeds, and falling in the dust. Forgo filth for clean aquatic action with today's Groupon: for $24, you get a half day of rafting with French Broad Rafting Expeditions (up to a $49 value), located in Marshall, roughly 24 miles north of Asheville.

French Broad Rafting Expeditions ferries waternauts across a 5-mile adventure of free-flowing currents and scenic terrain. Rapid riders ages 8 and older can cruise through some of the most venerable white waters in the country, seeking thrills and family fun. The French Broad River's class one, two, and three rapids are perfect for fledgling first timers seeking calm waterways, as well as more experienced nautical navigators looking to roundhouse kick their way through armies of waves.

An expert staff of buoyant buddies, with more than 30 years of combined experience, will guide water warriors through two to three hours of varied terrain until stopping for a provided snack under a covered pavilion, great for escaping the sun or the verbal abuse of insolent sky larks. Wetsuits and splashgear are provided, but be sure to wear secure shoes or sandals.

French Broad Rafting Expeditions is permitted by the US Forest Service.


Six TripAdvisors give French Broad Rafting Expeditions an average of four owl eyes and three Google Mappers give the attraction a 4.5-star average:

  • Our day of rafting was big fun for our family. The guides were well-trained and a lot of fun. – LaraTR, TripAdvisor
  • The guide was very informative and skilled and the river was beautiful. – Mike, Google Maps

French Broad Rafting and Ziplines

While the Hampton family owns and operates French Broad Rafting and Ziplines, Mitch, Michael, and Korey Hampton have also had their personal share of ups and downs, both on the water and off. At age 10, they began exploring eastern Tennessee rivers with their grandfather, and they followed that passion for whitewater rafting into their business, which had been family-run for nearly 30 years. But then their dream was threatened. A fire swallowed the business, and the family lost everything. Slowly, though, with the help of family, friends, and staff, they rebuilt their company, learning patience and perseverance while finding comfort and strength in the support of their community.

Today, in addition to their traditional water-based excursions, the family also takes to the trees on their zipline course. Ripping through the clear mountain air, they've charted mid-air trails for zipline canopy tours that send guests soaring from tree to tree more swiftly than a caffeinated eagle. The course's ten ziplines stretch in distance from 75' to 1000', ensuring the guests have plenty of time to admire their sky-high view of the woods on adventures that also incorporate rappels, short hikes, and a rumbling jaunt on a hard-nosed utility vehicle.

Customer Reviews

My husband and I had a fabulous trip zip lining! Our guides Thomas and Lindsey were great. They made the trip very enjoyable with their knowledge of various nature facts and humor. I would recommend anyone wanting an adventure to use French Broad Rafting and Ziplines!
Treva S. · October 30, 2014
Absolutely awesome experience! Fun staff, safe and well worth it.
Pamela H. · October 28, 2014
It was a blast. Brian and Ryan were really cool and made us laugh the whole time.
Eric G. · October 27, 2014
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    5, Walnut

    9800 US Hwy 25-70

    Marshall, North Carolina 28753


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