Rafting - West Virginia Adventures Rafting

 

Rafting Trips

Choose the Trip that's Right for You!

See for yourself why West Virginia is a top destination for truly magnificent whitewater rafting with two rivers only minutes apart - the New River Gorge National Park and the Gauley River National Recreation Area. We've got something for everybody! First determine your desired excitement level, and note the river that's the best fit:

Excitement Level Upper New Lower New Lower Gauley Upper Gauley
Kid-Friendly, recommended for ages 5+ (Class I/II) X      
Beginner/Intermediate, recommended for ages 11+ (Class III/IV)   X X  
Advanced, ages 16+ with previous rafting experience (Class V)       X

We work with groups of every size, from solo travelers to family, scout, school, church, and corporate groups. 

We're conveniently located between Beckley and Fayetteville (recognized as one of America's Coolest Small Towns). Make your trip a long weekend and enjoy ziplining, horseback riding, ATV fun, Bridge Day in October, Summersville Lake, BridgeWalk, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, and more. Check our "Area Attractions" to see what else we love in the area.


 

Family Day Trip with Lunch, Class I/II

A family-friendly trip for ages 5+ on the beautiful Upper New River through national park scenery. Great trip for kids, time to swim and play in the water. Class I and II rapids, includes lunch break on the river, and an experienced raft guide to personalize your trip. Private rafts provide the ultimate family or group experience. You will start the day by checking in at our BaseCamp and meeting your Guide. We will answer any questions you have and outfit everyone in your party with a paddle, PFD (flotation/lifejacket), and helmet. On the short bus ride to the river we will go over basic safety instructions, and treat you to our best jokes - bonus points if you laugh! At the river, you will get into the raft for your group, with your Guide, and after a few practice strokes and getting comfortable in the raft, you will head slowly down the river, enjoy gurgling ripples and gentle rapids. The scenery through the national forest is spectacular, from remnants of old coal mining operations tucked into majestic mountains and rock formations, to birds of prey and water birds (even bald eagles if you're lucky), and the occasional train that still journeys through the hills of the New River Gorge. About halfway through the day we will stop along the banks for a delicious buffet lunch, with build your own sandwiches, fresh fruit, snacks and dessert. (If you have special dietary needs, please let us know at the time you make your reservation so we can accomodate them.) A great family experience!

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Family Afternoon Express Trip, Class I/II

A family-friendly trip for ages 5+ on the beautiful Upper New River through national park scenery. Great trip for kids, time to swim and play in the water. Class I and II rapids. Afternoon trip, no meal provided. Your experienced raft guide will personalize your trip, and private rafts provide the ultimate family or group experience.  You will start the day by checking in at our BaseCamp and meeting your Guide. We will answer any questions you have and outfit everyone in your party with a paddle, PFD (flotation/lifejacket), and helmet. On the short bus ride to the river we will go over basic safety instructions, and treat you to our best jokes - bonus points if you laugh! At the river, you will get into the raft for your group, with your Guide, and after a few practice strokes and getting comfortable in the raft, you will head slowly down the river, enjoy gurgling ripples and gentle rapids. The scenery through the national forest is spectacular, from remnants of old coal mining operations tucked into majestic mountains and rock formations, to birds of prey and water birds (even bald eagles if you're lucky), and the occasional train that still journeys through the hills of the New River Gorge. A great family experience! 

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Lower New River Day Trip with Lunch, Class III/IV

Rafting excitement in New River Gorge National Park with one of our highly experienced guides. Class III/IV rapids. Amazing scenery, includes catered lunch break on the river at the halfway point. You will start the day by checking in at our BaseCamp, and meeting the Trip Leader and your Guide. We will answer any questions or concerns you have, and outfit everyone in your party with a paddle, PFD (flotation/lifejacket), and helmet. On the short bus ride to the river, we will go over safety instructions, get you ready for what to expect, and usually keep you laughing. At the river, you will get into the raft for your group, with your Guide, and after a few practice strokes and getting comfortable in the raft, you will get the rush of your first rapid! The scenery through the national forest is spectacular, from remnants of old coal mining operations tucked into majestic mountains and rock formations, to birds of prey and water birds (even bald eagles if you're lucky), and the occasional train that still journeys through the hills of the New River Gorge. About halfway through the day we will stop along the banks for a delicious buffet lunch, with build your own sandwiches, fresh fruit, snacks and dessert. (If you have special dietary needs, please let us know at the time you make your reservation so we can accommodate them.) Refueled, you will complete the second half of your river adventure, ending underneath the New River Gorge Bridge, the longest single-span arch bridge in the world when it was built, and now the 3rd longest in the world. The bridge is 3000 feet long and 876 feet above the river, making it the 3rd tallest bridge in the US.

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Lower New River Afternoon Express, Class III/IV

Rafting excitement in New River Gorge National Park with one of our highly experienced guides through amazing scenery and Class III/IV rapids. Afternoon trip, no meal provided. You will start your expedition by checking in at our BaseCamp, and meeting the Trip Leader and your Guide. We will answer any questions or concerns you have, and outfit everyone in your party with a paddle, PFD (flotation/lifejacket), and helmet. On the short bus ride to the river, we will go over safety instructions, get you ready for what to expect, and usually keep you laughing. At the river, you will get into the raft for your group, with your Guide, and after a few practice strokes and getting comfortable in the raft, you will get the rush of your first rapid! The scenery through the national forest is spectacular, from remnants of old coal mining operations tucked into majestic mountains and rock formations, to birds of prey and water birds (even bald eagles if you're lucky), and the occasional train that still journeys through the hills of the New River Gorge. Your trip will complete under the New River Gorge Bridge, the longest single-span arch bridge in the world when it was built, and now the 3rd longest in the world. The bridge is 3000 feet long and 876 feet above the river, making it the 3rd tallest bridge in the US.

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Lower Gauley Day Trip, Class III/IV (Fall)

A special trip down the Lower Gauley, which only runs a few weeks each year. Our highly experienced guides will navigate you through Class III/IV rapids that most people never see. Beautiful history-laden terrain. Includes catered lunch break on the river. You will start the day by checking in at our BaseCamp, and meeting the Trip Leader and your Guide. We will answer any questions or concerns you have, and outfit everyone in your party with a paddle, PFD (flotation/lifejacket), and helmet. On the bus ride to the river, we will go over safety instructions, get you ready for what to expect, and usually keep you laughing. At the river, you will get into the raft for your group, with your Guide, and after a few practice strokes and getting comfortable in the raft, you will get the rush of your first rapid! This trip is filled with history, from the Native Americans, Civil War battles, and the creation of Summersville Dam (including the flooding of the Village of Gad). About halfway through the day we will stop along the banks for a delicious buffet lunch, with build your own sandwiches, fresh fruit, snacks and dessert. (If you have special dietary needs, please let us know at the time you make your reservation so we can accommodate them.) Refueled, you will complete the second half of your river adventure, ending in the quiet rolling countryside, before boarding the bus that takes you back to BaseCamp.

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Upper Gauley Extreme, Class V (Fall)

High adrenaline rafting on the Gauley River's Class IV/V rapids, including the infamous drop over Sweets Falls! A great trip for those with previous rafting experience who want to take on new challenges at a whole new level with one of our expert guides. Amazing adventure, includes catered lunch, usually with a great view of the other rafts, where you can cheer and witness the good, bad, and ugly attempts over the Falls. You will start the day by checking in at our BaseCamp, and meeting the Trip Leader and your Expert Guide. We will answer any questions or concerns you have, and outfit everyone in your party with a paddle, PFD (flotation/lifejacket), and helmet. Fall weather is variable, and wetsuits are available for rent if appropriate. On the bus ride to the river, we will go over safety instructions, get you ready for what to expect, and give you one last chance to back out!  At the river, you will get into the raft with your group, with your Guide, and immediately enter the Gauley River with dam water being actively released. You will immediately paddle and feel that rush of excitement as the trip gets off to a fast start! The river terrain is impressive, with huge boulders, dramatic drops, and quick changes in expanse and elevation. Although subject to change based on conditions, we typically take lunch just after running Sweets Falls, with prime viewing of other rafts. Cheer their successes, wince at their failures, cheer their recoveries! Lunch is a hearty buffet, including build your own sandwiches, fresh fruit, sides, snacks and dessert. (If you have special dietary needs, please let us know at the time you make your reservation so we can accommodate them.) You will finish the last section of the Upper Gauley, and unwind and relive the awesome moments of the day as we head back to BaseCamp.

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Gauley Marathon, Class V (Fall)

A double treat, starting with high adrenaline rafting on the Gauley River's Class IV/V rapids, including the infamous drop over Sweets Falls! A great trip for those with previous rafting experience who want to take on new challenges at a whole new level with one of our expert guides. Amazing adventure, includes catered lunch, usually with a great view of the other rafts, where you can cheer and witness the good, bad, and ugly attempts over the Falls. After lunch, this continues with a special extended trip down the Lower Gauley, with Class III/IV rapids that most people never see. A true 26 mile rafting marathon! You will start the day by checking in at our BaseCamp, and meeting the Trip Leader and your Expert Guide. We will answer any questions or concerns you have, and outfit everyone in your party with a paddle, PFD (flotation/lifejacket), and helmet. Fall weather is variable, and wetsuits are available for rent if appropriate. On the bus ride to the river, we will go over safety instructions, get you ready for what to expect, and give you one last chance to back out!  At the river, you will get into the raft with your group, with your Guide, and immediately enter the Gauley River with dam water being actively released. You will immediately paddle and feel that rush of excitement as the trip gets off to a fast start! The river terrain is impressive, with huge boulders, dramatic drops, and quick changes in expanse and elevation. Although subject to change based on conditions, we typically take lunch just after running Sweets Falls, with prime viewing of other rafts. Cheer their successes, wince at their failures, cheer their recoveries! Lunch is a hearty buffet, including build your own sandwiches, fresh fruit, sides, snacks and dessert. (If you have special dietary needs, please let us know at the time you make your reservation so we can accommodate them.) After lunch, you will proceed down the Lower Gauley, This trip is filled with history, from the Native Americans, Civil War battles, and the creation of Summersville Dam (including the flooding of the Village of Gad), ending in the quiet rolling countryside, before boarding the bus that takes you back to BaseCamp. 

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Double Upper Gauley, Class V (Fall)

So the Upper Gauley Extreme Adventure isn't enough for you? We agree, there's no such thing as too much rafting! So on this IV/V trip, you'll do the infamous Sweet's Falls plunge twice. In fact, you'll do it all twice - once before lunch, once afterwards! A great trip for those with previous rafting experience who want to take on new challenges at a whole new level with one of our expert guides. You will start the day by checking in at our BaseCamp, and meeting the Trip Leader and your Expert Guide. We will answer any questions or concerns you have, and outfit everyone in your party with a paddle, PFD (flotation/lifejacket), and helmet. Fall weather is variable, and wetsuits are available for rent if appropriate. On the bus ride to the river, we will go over safety instructions, get you ready for what to expect, and give you one last chance to back out!  At the river, you will get into the raft with your group, with your Guide, and immediately enter the Gauley River with dam water being actively released. You will immediately paddle and feel that rush of excitement as the trip gets off to a fast start! The river terrain is impressive, with huge boulders, dramatic drops, and quick changes in expanse and elevation. Pay attention, you'll be seeing it all again... Although subject to change based on conditions, we typically take lunch just after running Sweets Falls, with prime viewing of other rafts. Cheer their successes, wince at their failures, cheer their recoveries! Lunch is a hearty buffet, including build your own sandwiches, fresh fruit, sides, snacks and dessert. (If you have special dietary needs, please let us know at the time you make your reservation so we can accommodate them.) You will finish the last section of the Upper Gauley, jump in the shuttle, race back to the dam, and do it all a second time, riding the end of day waves!

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