Highway 19 runs North and South about a mile from our campus, putting Adventures on the Gorge smack dab in the middle of half of America's road trips.
Take a break from the road. Grab a paddle. Our Rapid Run is the classic Lower New River trip, but with no lunch and no frills. We'll get you on for this half-day express trip and back to Adventures on the Gorge with plenty of daylight left for your drive.
No matter the season, the Rapid Run trip begins at Cunard, West Virginia near our Adventures on the Gorge resort and runs eight miles through 27 rapids up to Class V rapids.
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.
New River Rapids Classification
Class I through IV
Lower New River Rapids Classification
Class I through IV
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.
Our standard rafts are 16 feet long, comfortably seating 8-9 guests and a guide.
Time on Water
This is a half-day trip. You'll spend 2-3 hours on the water plus travel to and from the river.
Transportation to and from the river, all rafting equipment (helmet, life jacket, paddle and boat) and a complimentary beverage after the trip. We do not serve lunch on the Rapid Run.
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.
Are you bringing a large crew (15+) from your youth group, business or similar organization? Request customized information here.
Requirements & Restrictions
The Rapid Run minimum age 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.