- most popular trip!
Join the fun on this staff-favorite day trip! Enjoy exciting rapids, amazing scenery, and a lunch break in New River Gorge National Park with one of our highly experienced guides.
Join us on a family-friendly trip for ages 5+ on the beautiful Upper New River through national park scenery. It’s a great trip for kids, with time to swim and play in the water. Enjoy Class I and II rapids, a lunch break on the river, and an experienced raft guide to personalize your trip. Private rafts provide the ultimate family or group experience.
You start the day by checking in at our BaseCamp and meeting your guide. We answer any questions you have and outfit everyone in your party with a paddle, PFD (flotation device/lifejacket), and helmet. On the short bus ride to the river, we go over basic safety instructions and treat you to our best jokes — bonus points if you laugh!
At the river, you get into the raft for your group with your guide and, after a few practice strokes to get you comfortable in the raft, you head slowly down the river and 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, 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 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.)