West Virginia rafting, especially on 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 New River Gorge, and the Gauley River are within a one-day drive of half the US population. The aptly named company "Adventures on the Gorge" (an amalgamation of Class VI, Songer, Rivermen, and Mountain River Tours), has claimed the perfect location within view of the New River Gorge bridge. The family friendly and scenic atmosphere of this ideal location offers the perfect family getaway with diverse activities "on the gorge".
West Virginia rafting offers terrific choices, 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 West Virginia rafting on the Gauley River and the New River the ultimate year round playground for whitewater rafters.
Characterized by wide sections of river and shoaly rapids over gentle gradients, the Upper New is the easiest section of water we run commercially, with rapids up to moderate class III (if the water is high). We take ‘em as young as 6 on the Upper New, often in inflatable kayaks called duckies. Who likes it? Families with young children.
Trip Length: 1 days
Minimum Age: 6
Season: Spring, summer & fall Intensity Level: I-III
is the trip that built the West Virginia whitewater industry, especially in the warm southeastern summer months. 40 years after the first Mountain River Tours raft put in at Thurmond, this is still our flagship run. It's got everything you could possibly want from whitewater rafting—stunning scenery, pounding whitewater, relaxing swim time between rapids and rich WV coal history lining the banks the entire way.
Trip Length: 1 day
Minimum Age: 12
Season: Spring, summer & fall Intensity Level: III-IV (V if the water is high)
Take the first day to warm up on the gentle Upper New River—possibly in a duckie—camp and eat a first-class meal riverside, and then try your luck on the raucous Lower New on day 2.
Trip Length: 2 days
Minimum Age: 12
Season: Spring and summer Intensity Level: III-IV (V if the water is high)