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Upper Gauley Rafting Day Trip

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Person (ages 16+)

Raft the Upper Gauley River in West Virginia!

Get ready to experience high-adrenaline rafting on the Gauley River’s Class IV/V rapids, including the infamous drop over Sweet’s Falls! 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. This amazing adventure includes a 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.

The day starts by checking in at our BaseCamp and meeting the trip leader and your expert guide, who answer any questions or concerns you have and outfit everyone 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, you board the raft with your group and your guide, and you immediately enter the Gauley River with dam water being actively released. Start to paddle and feel that rush of excitement as the trip gets off to a quick 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 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, fresh fruit, sides, snacks, and dessert. (If you have special dietary needs, please let us know when you make the reservation so we can accommodate them.)

You finish the last section of the Upper Gauley, then unwind and relive the awesome moments of the day as we head back to BaseCamp!


  • Extreme white water thrills
  • Ages 16+
  • Expert guide in your raft
  • Catered lunch
  • High-adrenaline day trip
  • Includes a drop over Sweet’s Falls
  • 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. meet time
  • 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. return time