Lower New River Whitewater Rafting

Our Most Popular Trip

A favorite among everyone from first time rafters to whitewater enthusiasts.

The Lower New River steps up the pace with exciting whitewater rafting and over 25 rapids from Classes II – V. Between the rapids and drops there are pools of calm water where you can catch your breath and gather strength for the next challenge.  This trip runs through the scenic New River Gorge, and finishes up right below the New River Gorge Bridge.

Trip length and intensity varies based on water levels which change throughout the season.  In the spring, the trip is usually 16 miles long, in the summer and fall it is typically 11 miles long.  Both trips include a jump rock, swimmer’s rapid, riverside lunch, and over 25 other rapids.

The autumn foliage makes for a spectacular backdrop as you float by the New River Gorge, with base jumpers jumping off the New River Gorge Bridge on Bridge Day, October 19, 2019 .

This is our most popular trip, and a favorite among everyone from first time rafters to whitewater enthusiasts. 

Minimum Age:  12


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 experiences in West Virginia . It is a large volume river with large shelf drops and boulders, creating the perfect combination of waves and hydraulics for a world class whitewater rafting experience.

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.

Our standard rafts are 16 feet long, comfortably seating 8 guests and a guide.

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.  What to Wear

The minimum age for this trip is 12 years old. Our PFDs (personal floatation devices) have a maximum chest capacity of 58 inches. Participants should also be able to swim.

Customized quotations are available upon request for Youth, Scout, School, and Corporate groups.

Your guides and leaders will discuss specific safety requirements on site.