Nature Tours, Rafting, Tubing, Horseback Riding, Zip Lines and Biking

The Marshall House Inn is conveniently located between Asheville and Hot Springs in the middle of the Blue Ridge mountains. Whether you want to take in the breweries, local galleries or shops of Asheville, visit the Biltmore House,  spend time outdoors or just relax, you’ll not find a better location from which to start. Madison county is blessed with over 55,000 acres of National forest.


There are several nearby outfitters that provide rafting on the French Broad River. Most offer half and full day trips including some suitable for younger children. Enjoy class 2-4 rapids depending on the section of the river and recent rainfall. Lots of fun!

Blue Heron Whitewater 
French Broad Rafting and Zip Lines
Nantahala Outdoor Center
USA Raft
Hot Springs Rafting


Nature Tours

Snakeroot Ecotours offers custom tours of one of the wildest and most scenic corners of Western North Carolina. From wildflower hikes, hunting for rare orchids, bog walks or nighttime firefly outings, the folks at Snakeroot Ecotours would love to show you the often times hidden beauty of our area.


If you’re not up for whitewater action, the French Broad has some great sections for tubing. Zen Tubing in Asheville is the largest outfitter in the area and makes it easy to get on the river and start having fun. 

Hot Springs Rafting is located in Hot Springs and tubes a nice section of the French Board just below Hot Springs.

Zen Tubing in Asheville is the largest outfitter in the area and makes it easy to get on the river and start having fun.

Horseback Riding

There are a couple of local businesses that after horseback riding. Sandy Bottom Trail Rides has a neat option where you can ride to the Little Pine Gem mine and stop to look for gems before heading off into the sunset on your trusty stead.

Sandy Bottom Trail Rides
Smokey Mountain Trail Rides and Bison farm


Mossy Mountain Bikeworks in downtown Marshall offers bike rentals as well as being a full service bike shop. Highway 251 which runs from Marshall to Asheville is very popular with bikers as it follows the French Broad river and has some great views as well as riverside parks along the way.

Mountain bike aficionados will like Bailey Mountain Bike park which offers incredible mountain bike trails with over a thousand feet of elevation change. They even have mountain bike rentals.

Zip Lining

French Broad Rafting and Zip Lines  offers zip lining and is located just minutes from the inn.

Navitat is an award winning zip line located just 30 minutes away in the town of Barnardsville. They offer several zip line options in a beautiful mountain cove.