Get ready for a two-day adventure-packed experience whitewater rafting the Lower New River – twice!
The Lower New River Whitewater Rafting trip is a favorite among everyone from first time rafters learning the basics to expert whitewater enthusiasts. This trip features two days of rafting the New River’s largest rapids in the heart of the New River Gorge.
Day 1 begins meeting in the main village to meet your guides, pack your personal belongings, gear up and listen to safety instructions. From there, you will be shuttled to our Lower New River put-in and let the fun begin!
Highlights of each full-day rafting trip include:
The Lower New River Gorge
The Lower New River has more than 20 rapids throughout the trip. Between the rapids, there are pools of calm water where you relax taking in the lush green surroundings, wildlife, and majestic canyon walls.
Climbing and Jumping off “Jump Rock”
If whitewater rafting alone does not satisfy your adventure appetite, try making a splash at Jump Rock! Climb from your boat onto this bolder and leap into the New River to swim. (Weather dependent).
Riverside deli lunch
Half-way through your trip, you will stop along the river to rest and recharge with lunch. Your guide will provide a deli sandwich lunch bar with snacks galore right on the bank of the river.
Catch a wave at Swimmer’s Rapid and try surfing in your raft!
As the first day on the water comes to an end, you will catch a shuttle back to our put-in, then paddle a short distance to the overnight campsite, where you will be reunited with your belongings. There you will be served a hot, hearty dinner, tell stories around an open fire, listen to the sound of the river flowing and camp under a blanket of stars.
Day 2 begins waking up along the river to a big country breakfast and coffee to start the day! Gear up and get ready to take on the Lower New River’s rapids and re-explore some highlights from the day before. You may even adventure on a guided hike to a waterfall or abandoned coal mining town.
Trip Dates: July 26, August 10, and August 28
Time on the Water
This is a multi-day trip. Depending on the water levels, you will be on the water between 4 to 6 hours each day.
A guide will sit in the back of every raft to control the navigational direction. Your guide will also provide technical instruction at each major rapid and throughout the trip and an occasional history lesson or old wise tale.
Our standard rafts are 16 feet long, comfortably seating 8 guests and a guide. Upgrades to 14′ and 12′ rafts are available.
We provide transportation from our resort to the river, from the take-out to the put-in, and back to the resort again, all rafting equipment (helmet, life jacket, paddle, and boat), two lunches, one dinner and one breakfast and complimentary beverages.
What to Bring
Bring any medication you need throughout the day, plus sunscreen, sunglasses, tent, sleeping bag, change of clothes for the evening, 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, splash jackets, tents, sleeping bags are available for rent.
Customized quotations are available upon request for groups with over 15 members.
Requirements & Restrictions
The minimum age for this trip is 12 years old. Our PFDs (personal floatation devices) have a maximum chest capacity of 56 inches. Participants should also be able to swim.
Your guides and leaders will discuss specific safety requirements on site and throughout the trip.