The best water in the East! Raft the wild, class-IV Lower New River, then explore the crystal-clear, cliff-lined coves of Summersville Lake.
Day One: The Lower New River Gorge whitewater rafting trip is the class-IV classic that virtually built the entire West Virginia rafting industry. This drop-pool river section has eight miles of big waves and steep ledges punctuated by placid pools in which to swim, float and relax. The character of the Lower New changes dramatically with various water levels. At high water (typically spring through June) the waves are gigantic roller-coaster-y stacks of water. At lower levels, the waves get smaller, but steeper, and when it gets low enough, it’s time to go raft surfing, which is a little like riding an angry drunken hippo. We’ll eat a huge deli-style lunch riverside, too!
Summersville Lake is a truly incredible resource. Dammed in 1966 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the water level of the Gauley River rose and rose and rose until it met the cliffs at the rim of the gorge. The result is a massive, crystal-clear freshwater reservoir edged by towering sandstone cliffs, which we’ll explore on morning two by pontoon boat, stopping along the way to rock climb, swim, kayak and stand-up paddleboard.
This package includes:
- Day 1: Lower New River Whitewater Rafting
- Morning 2: 1/2 Day Summersville Lake Adventure
- Lunch on the rafting day
- (Optional) Buffet breakfast both days and prix fixe dinner on the rafting day
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