Upper & Lower New River 2-Day Rafting

Spend two separate days on the world-famous, world-class New River on this exciting and climactic trip.

On the first day you'll float leisurely through the scenic and historic Upper New River Gorge, where the rapids are long and wavy. After exploring the resort and resting that night, you'll spend the second day in the Lower New River Gorge on the river section that started the West Virginia whitewater craze.

You'll encounter legendary rapids on this trip, like the Class-V "Keeneys" and "Double Z." The monster Class IV wave trains of "Miller's Folly" and "Fayette Station" provide a booming climax to this action-packed two-day thrill ride.

Note: this trip does not include lodging and meals (except for lunches on the 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.

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

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.

Boat Size

On day one, you can paddle a double-duckie or request to be in a standard raft. On day two, you will be in a standard sized raft. Our standard rafts are 15 feet long, comfortably seating 8-9 guests and a professional guide.

Time on Water

This trip consists of two full days of rafting each between 4-6 hours in length depending on the water level. There is additional transportation to and from the river each day.

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.

Group Reservations

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 2-day trip is 12 years old. Our PFDs (personal floatation devices) have a maximum chest capacity of 58 inches.

Trip Safety

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

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