Fully embrace the New River Gorge with this 2-day overnight rafting trip that brings together the Upper New with the thrilling Lower New, split up by a night of camping on the banks of the river.
Day one will be spent floating leisurely down the mild whitewater of the Upper New River as you take in the beautiful environment.
We’ll end the day at a beach camp, enjoy a gourmet dinner, tell tales by the campfire, and settle down for a cozy sleep under the stars.
On day two, we’ll start with a hearty breakfast, before taking on the Class IV rapids of the Lower New River as a fitting climax to your trip.
Check out our New River Overnight Checklist for our recommended packing list for this trip.
Lower New River FAQs
About the New River
The Lower New River offers one of the best whitewater rafting experiences in West Virginia . It is a large volume river with large shelf drops and boulders, creating the perfect combination of waves and hydraulics for a world class whitewater rafting experience.
Lower New River Rapids Classification
Class I through IV
On class III-IV and harder trips, a guide sits in every raft and provides instruction at each major rapid and throughout the trip. On some trips like the Upper New and Summer Gauley, guests may be in their own inflatable kayaks (duckies). If that is the case, guides will be present to instruct, advise and assist.
Our standard rafts are 16 feet long, comfortably seating 8 guests and a guide.
This is a multi day trip. Depending on the water level, you’ll spend between 4-6 hours on the water each day.
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.
Customized quotations are available upon request for groups with over 15 members.
Requirements & Restrictions
The minimum age for this trip is 12 years old. Our PFDs (personal floatation devices) have a maximum chest capacity of 56 inches. Participants should also be able to swim.
Your guides and leaders will discuss specific safety requirements on site.