If you and your family are looking for a traditional adrenaline-packed whitewater rafting adventure, the Family Lower New is the trip for you. Our experienced guides will take you down the challenging rapids of the New River Gorge on our oar-mounted rafts. You and your children will have the chance to paddle while the guide rows, but this style of guiding is able to accommodate younger children or less-experienced paddlers.
This trip is dependent on the water levels. If the river is above certain levels, this trip will be converted to an Upper New River trip.
Minimum Age: 10
Have children under the age of 10? Check out Kids Camp.
The New River defines the classic West Virginian whitewater rafting with placid pools and exciting drops. It is divided into sections that challenge both the beginner and advanced rafters.
The Lower New River offers one of the best whitewater rafting experience you can have in West Virginia . It is a large volume river with large shelf drops and boulders, creating the perfect combination on waves and hydraulics for a world class whitewater rafting.
Class I – IV
Class I – IV
Our guides maneuver oar-rigged boats for this trip.
We use our largest available rafts, measuring 16 feet long and seating 8 guests and a guide. Each raft is equipped with an oar rig, which the guide will row.
This is a full day trip. Depending on the water level, you’ll spend between 4-6 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!
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.
The Family Lower New River trip minimum age is 10 years old. Our PFDs (personal floatation devices) have a maximum chest capacity of 58 inches.
This trip is dependent on the water level. We only run it at typically low summer levels from Memorial Day to Labor Day. If the river is too high to run this trip, you may be switched to the Upper New River instead.