Upper New River 2-Day Overnight

Take your family, including children as young as six, on a journey of a lifetime.

You'll spend two days floating the the scenic and historic Upper New River, which is wide and splashy, with gentle rapids and long wave trains.

Camp overnight on a secluded beach alongside the river, where we'll treat you and your family to real Adventures on the Gorge hospitality.

While it's technically roughing it, you'll want for nothing with our state-of-the-art equipment and professional guides taking care of you.

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 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

Upper New River Rapids Classification

Class I through II, with an occasional III

Guide Information

You will have guides herding the duckie pack from their own duckie or kayak. There will also be a gear boater on an oar-rig boat and a guide in a standard raft if someone chooses to travel by raft instead of duckie on this trip.

Boat Size

We typically take double duckies on the Upper New Overnights along with a standard 15-foot raft to transport gear. If you would prefer to be in a raft for the trip, please let us know in advance. Standard rafts are 15 feet long and can comfortably seat 8-9 guests and a guide.

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.

What’s Provided

We provide transportation to and from the river, all rafting equipment (helmet, life jacket, paddle & boat), guides in each raft, tents, and eating utensils.

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.

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.

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 is 6 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.

5 Stars

“Best Rafting Trip Ever!”

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“Wonderful Stay and Adventure”

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