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About West Virginia Whitewater Rafting

All About West Virginia Whitewater Rafting

Have you heard?  West Virginia whitewater rafting has become world-famous, for a reason! The New River Gorge National River and the Gauley River National Recreation Area offer paddlers year-round opportunities to experience the undeveloped beauty of the Mountain State seasoned with the thrill of adrenaline.

Two Awe-Inspiring Rivers

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West Virginia Whitewater Rafting

West Virginia, often referred to as “Wet Virginia” in boating circles, is a whitewater river runner’s paradise. There are so many rivers to run if seems like one person couldn’t run them all in a lifetime! But, when it comes to guided commercial trips the most famous options are the New River Gorge and Gauley River.

The most popular is the New River Gorge because it offers, undeniably, the best single-day river trip on the East Coast of the United States. The New River Gorge runs year-round with trips suitable to all ages and experience levels.

The second river, known as the Gauley River, courses through the wild and undeveloped Gauley National Recreation Area. In the summertime, our most challenging rafting trips utilize whatever section of the river has the best water levels and conditions.

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About New River Gorge, West Virginia

Rafts pass under the New River Gorge Bridge, the best known landmark of west virginia whitewater rafting.

New River Gorge Whitewater Rafting

Are you ready for the most awe-inspiring adventure vacation of your life? Our most popular rafting trip, whitewater rafting on the New River Gorge, has earned the title for several great reasons:

First, The New River Gorge has the longest whitewater rafting season around, and there’s always enough water for fun.

Second, whitewater rafting trips are available for all ages because the Upper New River Gorge section is suitable for kids as young as 6 years old while the Lower New River Gorge section will entertain even the most experienced whitewater rafter.

Third, the scenery you’ll encounter as you journey through this 1,000 foot deep rugged gorge is breath-taking. Undeveloped sandstone cliffs are viewed from the New River and guests are often joined by wildlife like bald eagles, deer and beavers!

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The "Gorge", West Virginia's Best Whitewater Rafting

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Lower New River Gorge Whitewater Rafting

West Virginia whitewater rafting gained its name from the fun-filled river journey served up by the Lower, “Gorge” section of the New River. It’s not our most challenging trip, it’s not the easiest, but it always hits the whitewater rafting sweet spot. Here’s why:

To begin with, this is a high volume river, much bigger than other rivers rafted in the Eastern United States. That means rafters experience giant waves, and longer rapids then you’ll find on rivers like the Ocoee or Nantahala. Hint: The biggest water is found during Spring Rafting!

Next, whitewater rafting in the New River Gorge provides an immersive day-cation. Unlike many river trips that last only a couple of hours, whitewater rafting the Lower New River Gorge provides more adventure for the buck. A complimentary riverside lunch is served on our full day trips and when you aren’t running rapids you’ll be leaping from jump rock into the river, swimming some of the smaller rapids and even catching a view of the famous New River Gorge Bridge!

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Kid Friendly Upper New River Gorge Rafting

Two young girls play on the upper new river a popular west virginia whitewater rafting kids raft free rafting trip.

Upper New River Gorge Whitewater Rafting

Is West Virginia whitewater rafting only for grownups? Of course not! The kid-friendly Upper New River Gorge provides a fun-filled, relaxing day on the river with just a tad of whitewater excitement! And, to make this trip even better, kids raft for free*!

Kiddos as young as 6 years old can join this adventure, and we guarantee you it’s a day they will never forget. All trips include a complimentary river lunch but they’ll hardly remember the meal because there’s so much fun on the water.

There’s a pint-sized version of jump rock to leap from, and plenty of beginner-friendly rapids plus so much time for games on our rafts and inflatable kayaks. Here’s the chance to make lifetime memories with the little ones, or, have a relaxing float trip with more timid beginners.

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* A child age 6-11 years old rafts free with each full paying adult

About The Gauley River, West Virginia

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Gauley River Whitewater Rafting

The second river that has become an icon in West Virginia Whitewater Rafting courses through the wild and undeveloped Gauley National Recreation Area. The flow is dam controlled and it’s water flows from the crystal clear Summersville Lake.

In the summertime, our most challenging rafting trips utilize whatever section of the river has the best water levels and conditions. We call this our Team Extreme Whitewater Challenge and it’s the most difficult option we offer.

But the Gauley River is truly known for a special time of year. Known as Gauley Season, each fall West Virginia whitewater rafting becomes the only word on the tongues of whitewater fans around the world. And it’s all because this is absolutely the biggest, most exciting rafting trip offered commercially in the United States.

During the Fall you Gauley River whitewater is rafted on two sections. The First is the Lower Gauley River that is truly an undiscovered secret. The waves are big, the rapids long and

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Upper Gauley River Rafting, The Best West Virginia Whitewater

A raft paddles directly into iron ring rapid during a fall gauley river rafting trip in west virginia.

Upper Gauley Whitewater Rafting

There is only one Gauley River. There is only on Gauley Season. Fall Upper Gauley River whitewater rafting is the peak experience of West Virginia whitewater rafting and widely accepted as the biggest rafting challenge of the entire year.

Fall Gauley Season, that occurs each year in September and October, is centered around guaranteed water releases from Summersville Dam that fuel, giant technical rapids of the river’s most challenging stretch… The Upper Gauley River.

Fall Upper Gauley River rafting occurs for a limited time, and with limited spaces, as the dam only has guaranteed releases 6 weekends a year. Don’t miss the chance to run 12 miles of river with over 31 named rapids, including 5 of Class V rapids. (The most difficult rapids run commercially).

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Lower Gauley River, The Best Kept WV Whitewater Rafting Secret

An aerial view as an ACE Adventure Resort raft enters Cliffside Rapid on a Lower Gauley rafting trip in West Virginia.

Lower Gauley River, WV Whitewater Rafting

While the Upper Gauley River is known for its extreme whitewater and steep drops, the Lower Gauley River is known for its dramatic scenery. During Gauley Season every September and October, this section of river transforms into one of the most scenic places to raft in our area. And that’s saying something.

But this isn’t just a scenic float trip. You’ll experience plenty of excitement while rafting the Lower Gauley River. With 3 Class V rapids, you’ll be playing on some of the most fun whitewater around. And, with breathtaking places like Canyon Doors, you’ll see why the Lower Gauley is known for its beauty as well as its adventure.

Gauley Season only happens once a year, don’t miss your chance to raft the Lower Gauley and see some of the best places in West Virginia that are only accessible by running the river!

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