This trip combines the splendors of Glade Creek Canyon with the scenery, whitewater, and wildlife of the New River. The adventure begins with a hike along Glade Creek on a path that winds through Rhododendron thickets and Hemlock forests, then culminates with a waterfall and the chance to swim in the refreshing pool below it. After returning from the hike, you will enjoy a picnic lunch then hit the river. This section of the New River includes playful rapids and relaxing pools.
This is a seldom hiked and rafted area, and has a maximum trip size of 14. This guarantees a true wilderness experience for you and your family. We recommend you wear comfortable shoes for the hike portion of the trip. You will have a chance to change clothing between the hike and rafting portion of the trip.
Glade Creek FAQs
About the Glade Creek Section of the New River
The Glade Creek section of the New River is large volume including Class II-III rapids, ripply shoals, fun waves and calm pools for drifting and swimming. The section is more advanced than the Upper New River, but milder than the Lower New.
Glade Creek Rapids Classification
Class II and III
Our Upper New guides are absolute experts at working with beginner rafters and families with small children. Guides will be either in rafts or in duckies leading the pack.
We typically take duckies on the Upper New. They are inflatable, one or two-person rafts shaped like kayaks. With a duckie, you’ll get to experience a more personal whitewater rafting challenge and have the experience of a lifetime. Our duckies are self-bailing, which means water that splashes in will drain out on its own. They are stable, easy to maneuver, and fun. Standard 16-foot rafts are available as well upon request. They hold 8 guests plus a guide.
This is a full day trip. You will spend time hiking up Glade Creek and, depending on the water level, between 3-3.5 hours on the water plus shuttle time to and from the river.
We provide transportation from our resort to the river and back again, all rafting equipment (helmet, life jacket, paddle and boat) and a sumptuous and filling riverside lunch. You will not go hungry!
What to Bring
Bring any medication you need throughout the day, plus sunscreen, sunglasses and a change of clothes to keep at the resort upon your return. Guides carry small waterproof bags to stow necessary medications. Depending on the time of year and the weather, you may also want a synthetic layer. If necessary, wetsuits and splash jackets are available for rent. Call us to book those, too.
Requirements & Restrictions
The Glade Creek Canyon trip minimum age is 8 years old. Our PFDs (personal floatation devices) have a maximum chest capacity of 56 inches.
Your guides and leaders will discuss specific safety requirements on site.