The Dries Half-Day Rafting Trip

New this year to our trip offerings, be one of the first guests to explore the heart-pounding whitewater and stunning scenery displayed on The Dries.   

In terms of scenery, The Dries is more tight and curvy with towering cliffs right at the water’s edge, than the wide open  river upstream. Expect to see more rock around you, and less open sky.  

The rapids will vary—a lot—based on the river level. There are several recreational release dates scheduled for the summer, but the water level could easily be lower or higher than planned.  We’ll choose the rafts most likely to give you a high-adventure ride. Here’s more about what to expect from various water levels.

Minimum Age: 16

 Have children under the age of 12?  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.

On river trips including Class III – V whitewater, each raft is guided by a professional whitewater rafting guide.  The guide will provide instruction at each major rapid and throughout the trip.  On some trips, like the Upper New, Glade Creek, and Summer Gauley, guests may paddle their own inflatable kayaks (duckies).  If that is the case, guides will be present in their own duckies to instruct, advise, and assist.

Our standard rafts are 16 feet long, comfortably seating 8 guests and a guide.  On select river sections, at certain levels, we use smaller rafts which are also available as an upgrade.  For the Upper New and The Dries, we use duckies when water level calls for it. 

This is a half-day trip. Depending on the water level, you’ll spend between 3-4 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, PFD, paddle and boat) and a complimentary beverage.

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 Dries has a minimum age of 16 years old. Our PFDs (personal flotation devices) have a maximum chest capacity of 58 inches.

Special rates may be available for groups.