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.
- Person (ages 16+)
So the Upper Gauley Rafting Day Trip Isn’t Enough for You?
We agree; there’s no such thing as too much rafting! On this Class IV/V rapids rafting trip, you get to do the infamous Sweet’s Falls plunge twice. In fact, you get to do it all twice — once before lunch, once afterward! This is 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.
Begin the day by checking in at our BaseCamp and meeting the trip leader and your expert guide. We answer your questions or concerns and outfit everyone in your group 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 go over safety instructions, get you ready for what to expect, and give you one last chance to back out!
At the river, board your raft along with your group and guide and immediately enter the Gauley River with dam water being actively released. As soon as you start to paddle, you feel that rush of excitement as the trip gets off to a quick start! The river terrain is impressive, featuring huge boulders, dramatic drops, and quick changes in expanse and elevation. Pay attention; you’re about to see it all again…
Although subject to change based on conditions, we typically take lunch just after running Sweet’s Falls, with prime viewing of other rafts. Cheer their successes, wince at their failures, and cheer their recoveries! Lunch is a hearty buffet, including build-your-own sandwiches, sides, 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.)
Once you 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!
- Seasonal offering (Sept. – Oct.)
- Class IV/V white water rapids
- Ages 16+
- Expert guide in your raft
- Catered lunch
- High-adrenaline day trip
- Includes two drops over Sweet’s Falls
- 9 a.m. meet time
- 5 p.m. return time
- Group and school rates available