Gauley River Season is just around the bend, but we know Class-V excitement is not for everybody. If you love adventure, but prefer yours a little more mild than wild, here are five whitewater rafting trips to wet your whistle.
We take kids as young as 6 on the classic Upper New River. It includes lots of mild whitewater excitement for the little ones, plus ample time to float, swim, relax, and re-connect with your kids and friends. The Upper New River is also a wallet pleaser. Kids ages 7-12 raft at half the adult peak rate, and 6 year olds raft FREE. Learn more about the Upper New River here.
Start with an easy half-mile hike to an idyllic waterfall swimming hole. Then follow it up with a fun and exciting romp down the upper Upper New River. Like the regular Upper New trip, Glade creek gives you time to unwind but also serves up crowd-pleasing splashes. Bonus, these trip sizes are limited to 14 people, so they are intimate and laid back. Have a look at this video, and our guides will tell you more. Check dates and rates for Glade Creek Hiking & Rafting.
Are you trying to find a happy medium between the pure adrenaline of the Gauley River and the serenity of the Upper New? The Lower New has several big-wave thrills in store, but also time to float and relax between Class-III and IV rapids. This is the perfect trip for first-time thrill seekers and experienced adventurers alike. Book your Lower New River trip or learn more here.
Take all the thrills and big waves of the classic Lower New River, but add a senior guide with an oar-rigged boat, and you get a rare experience for kids as young as 10. Bear in mind, this trip is flow dependent. If the water is too high to be safe for youngsters, we’ll run the Upper New River instead. That’s quite a consolation prize! Learn More about Family Lower New River Whitewater Rafting Here.
Get your toes wet on this abridged version of the classic Lower New River trip. The River Dash runs the final three rapids of the Lower New right under the New River Gorge Bridge. Water levels permitting, we’ll swim and jump off rocks, too. The River Dash is perfect for those just want to try rafting a little, and for those who don’t have a lot of time to spare—the trip is under three hours long total. For an added bonus, choose the Sunset River Dash to be in the New River Gorge during the most magical time of day.