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.
Minimum Age: 8
Have children under the age of 8? 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 Glade Creek section of the New River includes Class II-III rapids and calm pools for drifting and swimming. The section is more advanced than the Upper New River, but milder than the Lower New.
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.
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!
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.
The Glade Creek Canyon trip minimum age is 8 years old. Our PFDs (personal floatation devices) have a maximum chest capacity of 58 inches.
Your guides and leaders will discuss specific safety requirements on site.
This trip only runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.