WEST VIRGINIA RAFTING
West Virginia white water rafting trips on the New River are fun for all ages and abilities. The Gauley River is a thrill seeker’s dream come true. West Virginia’s rivers, which are within a one-day drive of half the US population, offer terrific choices for whitewater rafting from family rafting adventures on the Upper New River to the famous whitewater challenges of the Lower New River Gorge , Lower Gauley and world class Upper Gauley River sections.
Over 2,000 miles of rivers and streams flowing out of the lush Appalachian Mountains make the Gauley River and the New River the ultimate year round playground for whitewater rafters.
The New River offers rafting trips appropriate for families and a wide range of rafting enthusiasts from early spring until late fall; with rapids ranging from class I-III on the Upper New, and class II-V on the Lower New River Gorge.
The Gauley River in West Virginia is world renowned for being one of the world's top ten whitewater rafting destinations. The annual fall water release of the Summersville Dam creates high flows up to 2800 cubic feet per second with the Gauley dropping 650 feet over 26 miles and featuring steep drops, massive holes and big waves. Technically demanding, the Lower Gauley River section combines big waves and drops and is the next logical choice after rafting the Lower New. The Upper Gauley is big and technical. Rapids like Insignificant, Pillow, Lost Paddle, Iron Ring and Sweet’s Falls drop15 to 35 feet in less than a ¼ mile and are rated class V+.