5 Adventures on the Gorge Kids 12 and Under

They’re young. They’re unruly. They’re your adventurous offspring. Here’s a selection of adventures that will satisfy their yearning for feats of derring do.

5. Raft the Upper New River (Minimum age: 6)

Upper New River rafting is mild white water, but the adventure is as large as anything kids can imagine. A river trip, after all, is a life-changing experience. Bonus: On the Upper New, 6 year olds raft free and kids 7-12 are half the adult rate, which makes this eminently affordable for young families and large families. 

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4. Go Float Fishing (Minimum age: 6)

Kids and fishing go together like…well…kids and fishing. Floating a mild section of the New River river while float fishing adds a whole other dimension to the experience. Bonus: The New River is a world-class casting ground, where it’s not uncommon for a single boat to reel in more than 50 fish in a single day. Six year olds are welcome on our half-day float fishing trips. For the full day, the minimum age is 8.


3. Challenge them at TimberTrek Adventure Park (Minimum age: 4-6)

Part obstacle course, part canopy tour and all fun—TimberTrek Adventure Park is where you and your kids can play as hard as you want, and nobody ever has to say, “Get down from there.” Bonus: If your under-10-year-old wants to zip line, this is the place to do it. Currently the minimum age for TimberTrek is 6, but in spring 2019, we’ll add a new course that will lower that minimum age to 4.

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2. Rock the multi-adventure 1/2 day at Summersville Lake (Minimum age: 8)

A Summersville Lake Adventure is really five adventures in one. Your own personal pontoon party boat becomes a floating, mobile base camp from which you can rock climb, stand up paddleboard, swim and jump off rocks (within legal height limits) into one of the cleanest lakes east of the might Mississippi. Bonus: Don’t underestimate the power of seeing mom and dad rock climbing 60 feet off the water. 

1. Maximum impact: Raft the world-famous Lower New River Gorge (Minimum age: 10)

For experienced adventurers age 10 and up, there are few days more thrilling than white water rafting one of the most famous runs on Earth. The normal minimum age for the Lower New River is 12. However, we invite kids 10-11 to do it on days when the flow is at typically lower summer levels, in full-sized rafts with experienced guides working the oars. This is our Family Lower New trip. It’s a full-day; lunch is included. 


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Bonus: Zip the TreeTops (Minimum age: 10)

As long as they meet our weight requirements (must weigh between 90 and 260 pounds), kids as young as 10 are welcome on TreeTops Zipline Canopy Tour, which sports ten zips and five sky bridges!

Double Bonus: This Pool on the Edge of the World

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