Glade Creek Canyon Rafting & Hiking

Just-right white water rafting: A bit more active than the Upper New River and a full step less wild than the Lower.

Here's the situation: you and your youngster have graduated from the calm and ripply Upper New River whitewater rafting trip, and you're ready for something a little wilder... but maybe not quite the Lower New. This is that in-between step, and it includes a lot more than just rafting. Waterfall and swimming-hole hunting on a picturesque creek in a history-rich zone leads to a splashy cool down on the wild-and-wooly Glade Creek section of this wilderness waterway.

A seldom hiked and rafted setting and a maximum trip size of 14 people virtually guarantee a true wilderness experience for you and your family.

About the New River

The New River is the classic upon which the West Virginia whitewater rafting industry was built. It's a drop-pool river, which means placid pool punctuated by moments of excitement. The New has several "sections" that we run. Some are excellent beginner and family-friendly trips, while others better for those who want more excitement and a bigger challenge.

About the Glade Creek Section

A bit WILDER than the standard Upper New River and a full step MILDER than the Lower New.

New River Rapids Classification

Class I through IV

Glade Creek Section Rapids Classification

Class II-III

Guide Information

On class III-IV and harder trips, a guide sits in every raft and provides instruction at each major rapid and throughout the trip. On some trips like the Upper New and Summer Gauley, guests may be in their own inflatable kayaks (duckies). If that is the case, guides will be present to instruct, advise and assist.

Time on Water

This is a full day trip. You will spend time hiking up Glade Creek and, depending on the water level, between 3-3.5 hours on the water plus shuttle time to and from the river.

What’s Provided

We provide transportation from our resort to the river and back again, all rafting equipment (helmet, life jacket, paddle and boat) and the best riverside lunch in the world of rafting. Be assured you will not go hungry!

What to Bring

Bring any medication you need throughout the day, plus sunscreen, sunglasses and a change of clothes to keep at the resort upon your return. Guides carry small waterproof bags to stow necessary medications. Depending on the time of year and the weather, you may also want a synthetic layer. If necessary, wetsuits and splash jackets are available for rent. Call us to book those, too.

Requirements & Restrictions

The Glade Creek Canyon trip has minimum age of 8 years old. Our PFDs (personal floatation devices) have a maximum chest capacity of 58 inches. Families with children 6-7 years old should consider an Upper New trip, instead, where six year olds raft free!

Trip Safety

Your guides and leaders will discuss specific safety requirements on site.

Operation Hours

This trip only runs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

5 Stars

“Wonderful and educational!”

John (TripAdvisor)
5 Stars

“Perfect for all ages.”

Aggie (Facebook)


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