Explore the New River like the voyageurs of old on this two-day rafting trip.
You'll spend the first day floating leisurely down the mild whitewater of the Upper New, taking time to kick back and enjoy the natural beauty surrounding you.
We'll set camp on a beach deep in the Gorge, where you'll experience our Adventures on the Gorge hospitality with a gourmet dinner, tall tales around the campfire and a dry, cozy sleeping bag. (That's where you and the old voyageurs part ways.)
After a hearty breakfast the next morning, you'll be off to conquer the most challenging section of the New River, the Lower Gorge. Rapids like the Class-V "Keeneys" and "Double Z" provide a booming climax to this challenging river journey of a lifetime.
For packing recommendations, check out our New River Overnight Checklist.
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 Lower New River
The Lower New River is West Virginia whitewater rafting at its best. A large volume river, the Lower New's rapids are formed by large shelf drops and boulders. These structures create monster waves, hydraulics and world class whitewater.
About the Upper New River
The New River is a large volume river, which makes for huge rapids—in the Lower Gorge. But up here, the valley is wide and the water is shallower as it flows through long calm pools and over gradients through ripply shoals, which create long stretches of fun waves and moving water, without all the challenge of the Lower New. There's plenty of floating and swimming to do in between the rapids.
New River Rapids Classification
Class I through IV
Lower New River Rapids Classification
Class I through IV
Upper New River Rapids Classification
Class I through II, with an occasional III
On day one, you have the option to choose a duckie (inflatable kayak) to paddle with a friend or a standard raft. On day two, you will be in standard rafts.
Time on Water
The total trip is 2 days from the time you leave base camp until you return. We spend most of both of them on the water, with the second day being a bit shorter.
We provide transportation to and from the river, all rafting equipment (helmet, life jacket, paddle & boat), professional guides in each raft, tents, sleeping pad, meals and eating utensils. We will supply you with a dry bag for your campsite gear.
On day one, you'll have breakfast at our resort, a riverside lunch and dinner at your campsite. The following day, you will have breakfast at the campsite and a hearty snack on the river.
What to Bring
For the first day of rafting, bring any medication you need throughout the day, plus sunscreen, and sunglasses. 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. We will supply you with a dry bag for your campsite gear.
For the overnight portion, you should bring a change of dry clothes and shoes, your sleeping bag, pillow and toiletries. Please use our New River Overnight Checklist for additional details.
Are you bringing a large crew (15+) from your youth group, business or similar organization? Request customized information here.
Requirements & Restrictions
The minimum age for this trip is 12 years old. Our PFDs (personal floatation devices) have a maximum chest capacity of 58 inches.
Your guides and leaders will discuss specific safety requirements on site.