Five Things To Know About Ziplining and Rafting in WNC
1. Each tour is guided by a highly trained professional
Although these adventures are designed to get the adrenaline pumping, the course is designed and built by leading industry professionals. All of the latest in state of the art safety systems have been utilized and the professionals guiding your trip are highly trained. Safety truly is the first and most important priority. That being said, you’re in excellent hands! Relax, have fun, and enjoy the views!
2. There are several routes from which to choose
Extreme whitewater rafting isn’t for everyone, so French Broad Rafting has several different routes from which to choose. The five mile trip, a pleasantly exciting route that stops short of being overwhelming, is the most popular for beginners. The nine mile, which is the same route as the five mile but with a four mile extension, has some class IV rapids – this is a great choice for those who are looking to step up the excitement. And for those who prefer just a calm and leisurely float down a slow section of the river, French Broad Rafting has that too! The calm water float is a great option for families with younger children.
Some people are surprised to find that there is actually a dress code for both whitewater rafting and ziplining. Dressing for the weather is at the heart of the rule - Ziplining is available from May to October, so there is quite a bit of fluctuation with temperature. On chilly or brisk days, an extra layer or two is always wise. That being said, professionals recommend that you steer clear of excessively bulky clothing as well, as it can sometimes interfere with safety equipment. In our experience, cold weather spandex gear is a great option. On warmer days, though it is tempting to wear shorts it is generally recommended that you go for longer shorts or light weight pants, as this can help prevent discomfort from the leg straps. Oh, and trips are conducted rain or shine (barring a severe thunderstorm or excessively high winds) so be sure to check the weather before you go out!
Rafting excursions are available to guests from June to September, so depending on the time of year, the water can be quite warm or quite cold! Shoes that won’t come off in the water are required – sandals with straps, water shoes, or old tennis shoes will do the trick. In the early spring, the water is CHILLY, so dressing appropriately is very important. Cotton is never recommended as it absorbs the water and takes a long time to dry. Wool or a synthetic material is generally recommended, though complimentary wet suits and splash gear are provided for all guests. In the summer, swim suits with shorts and a t-shirt is just fine, though it all depends on your comfort level and the temperature of that day. Finally, don’t forget a towel! And a change of clothes wouldn’t hurt, either.
4. Bring only what is necessary
Don’t bring anything that can’t be lost! Items dropped on the course cannot be retrieved, so leave as many items at home as you can. Medications are the sole exception – epipens, inhalers, diabetic glucose – these things get priority. Additionally, your trained guide should be made aware of any health conditions that you or any member of your party have.
5. These trips are FUN!
Rafting and Ziplining in WNC is some of the very best of its kind! We have gorgeous mountains and valleys, breathtaking flora and fauna and one of the best rivers for rafting. Even those who were slightly nervous to begin report having been pleasantly surprised at how much fun they had and how well they performed under pressure. These are truly memory making adventures, so dive in and enjoy!
To schedule your WNC vacation, contact Carolina Mornings at 877-902-9441. A professional Vacation Planner will help line up your vacation rental accommodations, Biltmore Estate tickets, and outdoor adventures such as ziplining and skiing (included with every Carolina Mornings rental!). We can't wait to see you!
By: Dana Carrico