Rafting in North Carolina
Rafters, kayakers and canoeists of all ability levels find something to celebrate at Inn on Main Vacation Rentals. Within an hour of Weaverville and Asheville are several outfitters offering everything from calm-water canoe rentals to Class 4 raft trips.
Our guests most often book raft trips on the French Broad River because it’s a pleasant combination of scenic trip and little bursts of adrenaline-pumping rapids. It’s also a 20-minute drive to most outfitters, meaning our guests can enjoy a leisurely breakfast and still get to the put-in spot on time. You can book online with any of them through their web sites.
French Broad Rafting
French Broad Rafting Company is operated by brothers Michael and Mitch Hampton. They operate only on the French Broad River with various guided trips between the Marshall area and Hot Springs. They also offer rental unguided rafts for calm water and one-person duckies, a sort of inflatable kayak.
Nantahala Outdoor Center
Nantahala Outdoor Center pretty much set the standard for Southeast rafting trips. From their beginnings on the Nantahala River in 1972, NOC has expanded to seven rivers in North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. Their guides come from all over the country and seem to enjoy the trip as much as our guests. We can book any of their trips, but bear in mind that some may cause you to leave the inn before breakfast. An exception, other than the French Broad, is the later trips on the Nantahala.
Blue Heron Whitewater
Blue Heron Whitewater is the newest entry on the French Broad River, but the three partners share decades of rafting experience all over the world.
Calm Water Floats
For a calm water experience, we recommend Asheville Outdoor Center and Headwaters Outfitters in Brevard. Asheville Outdoor Center drops canoeists and kayakers off upstream of its location on the French Broad River near downtown Asheville, allowing you to float and gently paddle past the Biltmore House.