Lower New River 2-Day Overnight

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.

Minimum Age: 12


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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.

The Upper New River is a large volume river, which makes for huge rapids in the Lower Gorge, but placid and wide in the valley. The water is shallow and flows through long calm pools and ripply shoals. There will be fun waves, moving water, but it is not as challenging at the Lower New.

Class I – II, with an occasional III

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.

On day one, you can paddle a duckie or request to be in a standard raft. On day two, you will be in a 16-feet long raft, with comfortable seating for 8 guests and a professional guide.

This trip consists of 2 full days of rafting. You’ll spend between 4-6 hours on the water depending on the water level, plus shuttle time to and from the river.

Customized quotations are available upon request for groups with over 15 members.

The minimum age for this 2-day trip is 12 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.