Why Spring Is the Best Time to Go White Water Rafting in Asheville

Why Spring Is the Best Time to Go White Water Rafting in Asheville, NC

Embark on an incredible adventure this year! Asheville, NC, offers several opportunities to get out for some excitement. One of these options that you absolutely must experience is white water rafting in springtime. Here, you can find some of the best whitewater rafting in North Carolina! Read on to learn about how you can experience it for yourself! 

In addition to some of the best whitewater rafting in North Carolina, the Western North Carolina area offers convenient access to a long list of fun activities and attractions. Hike through the Western North Carolina mountains, visit top-rated vineyards and wineries, check out shops and restaurants downtown, and more! Find out everything there is to do, with our free Vacation Guide, and start planning the getaway of a lifetime!  

Why Spring Is the Best Time to Go White Water Rafting in Asheville 


There are three distinct areas available for exciting whitewater rafting trips. In the Asheville area, you can find the Nantahala, French Broad, and Pigeon Rivers. Each is unique in its own way, offering options for any traveler. 

If you’re new to rafting, or just want a relatively calm experience, the French Broad River is for you. It’s the most popular option, featuring class I to IV rapids with calm pools and views of stunning gorges and the Appalachian Mountains. For a little more excitement, consider the Pigeon River. Enjoy class III and IV rapids, along with gentle waves. Finally, the Nantahala River is sure to get your adrenaline pumping. This section is recommended for rafters of all experience levels, as it offers a whole new level of thrill with 20 class II and III rapids. 


Whether you’re an expert or are trying it for the first time, you can rest assured we have excellent companies nearby to take you rafting. Blue Heron Whitewater is a great option with over 25 years of experience! Their professional guides will take you for full or half-day trips depending on your preference. You even get to enjoy freshly made meals on your adventure! 

Another fantastic local company is Asheville Adventure Company. They have been guiding rafters on exceptional journeys. They provide all the safety equipment you need, and their trips take you through some of the most scenic spots along the French Broad River.  

Be sure to consider French Broad Adventures for your journey as well! Choose from their variety of packages, including options for trying two sections of the French Broad River in one trip. You can even enjoy picnic lunches along the river! 


In order to experience whitewater rafting in Western North Carolina, we encourage you to stay nearby at The Esmeralda Inn. Our bed and breakfast sits amongst a beautiful mountain landscape, offering the perfect backdrop for relaxation. We offer spa services, gourmet breakfasts, remarkable dining, and more. 


Step inside one of our excellent guest rooms, Mountain View: Queen. This cozy, private room provides a welcoming atmosphere with views of Chimney Rock State Park. Warm-up, relax, and settle in for the evening in the comfortable queen-size bed.  

Whichever one of our excellent rooms you choose, you’re in for a top-notch experience in Chimney Rock. Check our availability and book your stay today!