It's our most popular trip for a reason: there simply isn't a better way to beat the heat than to climb into a raft and take off down a cool mountain river.
The Lower New River trip's intensity depends on the season, with this classic run hitting its stride around mid-June. You'll find big water in summer and fall with intermittent long, calm pools for swimming and floating. Fall brings explosive color to the New River Gorge, and Bridge Day adds one more odd element: base jumpers flipping into the blue sky above as you float under the 876' tall New River Gorge Bridge.
In the spring (April and May), seasonal rains make spring the seasoned rafter's choice. At very high water, gigantic waves, gigantic hydraulics and complex currents change the nature of this pool-drop section of river.
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 full day trip. Depending on the water level, you'll spend between 4-6 hours on the water plus shuttle time to and from the river.
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.
Are you bringing a large crew (15+) from your youth group, business or similar organization? Request customized information here.
Requirements & Restrictions
The standard Lower New trip has a 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.