5 Adventures on the Gorge for Kids 12 and Under

And 2 bonus adventures

They're young. They're unruly. They're your kids. And these are just a few adventures you can share together to teach them the world doesn't end around the corner from home.

5. Raft the Upper New River (Minimum age: 6)

Upper New River rafting is mild white water, but the adventure is as large as anything kids can imagine. A river trip, after all, is a life-changing experience. Bonus: On the Upper New, 6 year olds raft free and kids 7-12 are half the adult rate, which makes this one a no-brainer. More: The Upper New River.

4. Go Float Fishing (Minimum age: 6)
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Kids and fishing go together like... well... kids and fishing. Floating a mild section of the New River river while fishing adds a whole other dimension to the experience. Bonus: The New River is a world-class casting ground, where it's not uncommon for a single boat to reel in 100 fish in a single day. Six year olds are welcome on our half-day float fishing trips. For the full day, the minimum age is 8. More: New River Float Fishing.

3. Challenge them at TimberTrek Adventure Park (Minimum age: 6)

Part obstacle course, part canopy tour and all fun—TimberTrek is where you and your kids can play as hard as you want where nobody ever has to say, "Get down from there." Bonus: If your under-ten-year-old wants to zip line, this is the place to do it. More: TimberTrek.

2. Rock the multi-adventure 1/2 day at Summersville Lake (Minimum age: 8)
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A Summersville Lake adventure is really 5 adventures in one. Your own personal pontoon boat becomes a mobile base camp from which you can rock climb, stand-up paddleboard, swim and jump off rocks into one of the cleanest lakes east of the Mississippi. Bonus: Don't underestimate the power of seeing mom and dad rock climbing 60 feet off the water. More: Summersville Lake Adventures.

1. Maximum impact: Raft the world-famous Lower New River Gorge (Minimum age: 9)
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For experienced adventurers age 9 and up, there are few days more thrilling than white water rafting one of the most famous runs on Earth. We invite kids 9-11 to do it on days when the flow is imminently manageable, in full-sized rafts with senior guides working the oars. More: The Family Lower New River.

Bonus: Zip the TreeTops (Minimum age: 10)

As long as they meet our weight requirements (must weigh between 90 and 260 pounds), kids as young as 10 are welcome on TreeTops Zip Line Canopy Tour, which sports 10 zips and 5 sky bridges!

Double Bonus: This Pool on the Edge of the World
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