It’s time to make a big splash on your next vacation! Let the cool water of the French Broad River wash away your worries as you embark on your next adventure in these wonderous mountains.

Not far from the busy city of Asheville, North Carolina lies Madison County, sometimes referred to as “Asheville’s backyard”. Home to several fantastic rafting companies , knowledgeable rafting guides will take rafters on the French Broad River through the gorgeous Appalachian Mountains in style. If you’re looking to find the ultimate rafting experience you’ll find it just 30 minutes north of Asheville.

Experience whitewater rafting on the French Broad River, the third oldest river in the world, trailing only the Nile River in Africa and the New River in West Virginia. The French Broad winds through Pisgah National Forest in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. This free-flowing river is ideal for families and young teens, with moderate Class II & III rapids as well as easy-going sections to enjoy a relaxing float.

If you’re looking to find the ultimate rafting experience you’ll find it just 30 minutes north of Asheville in Madison County, NC.

We had such a great time on our white water rafting adventure. All of the raft guides were great, and you could tell that everyone loved what they were doing.

-Sutton H.

Rafting in Madison County, NC

Blue Heron Rafting

Blue Heron Whitewater offers whitewater rafting trips on North Carolina’s French Broad River near Asheville, NC. Their most popular trips paddle the section of the French Broad River between Marshall and Hot Springs. Find out more

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French Broad Adventures

Whether it’s adventure and excitement of whitewater rafting or the ease and relaxation of a calm water trip, French Broad Adventures is the rafting outfitter for you, your family, or your group. French Broad Adventures is your “one-stop-shop” for your next outdoor adventure. Find out more

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Hot Springs Rafting Company

Hot Springs Rafting Company offers whitewater and calm water rafting trips on the French Broad River in Western North Carolina. Located just north of Asheville, NC, Hot Springs Rafting Company is an excellent choice for your next rafting experience. Find out more

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Mad Co Tubing

Enjoy a more relaxing French Broad River experience with Mad Co Tubing! Appreciate section 7 of the river and experience the beauty of the Appalachian mountains while you leisurely float. Find out more

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Nantahala Outdoor Center

For over 40 years, Nantahala Outdoor Center’s unique culture has produced some of the world’s finest whitewater guides. Experience the beauty of the mountains, the French Broad River and nature like never before. Learn more about their rafting tours and book your trip. Find out more

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Hike our trails

Madison County, NC is home to the famous Appalachian Trail as well as hundreds of miles of other hiking trails to enjoy. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or looking for an easy walk in the woods you’ll find it just north of Asheville, NC. Find out more

8 ways to relax in Madison County

It’s time to chill out and relax. Get away from the concrete and crowds of nearby Asheville and come over to Madison County where there are bunch of ways to unplug, unwind and decompress. Find out more