As we come out of our opening weekend on the river, one thing is certain, WE MISSED THE RIVER AND WE MISSED YOU!
Whitewater rafting is an exhilarating adventure deep into nature. Perfect excursions for adventurers who are short on time, or those with open schedules, rafting adventures are the ultimate vacation experience.
Whitewater rafting adventures offers the benefit of helping families, couples and friends bond. Spending time in the wilderness, away from today’s modern technology, is just what the doctor ordered to help families reconnect with one another. Children of all ages enjoy whitewater rafting, spending time with parents and learning valuable team-building skills.
Small groups can benefit from a relaxing escape, retreating from work and life’s daily stresses. Rafting is a pursuit that allows each person to explore their capabilities and qualities, while enjoying the company of loved ones or friends. Our Sunset Dash is the perfect retreat.
Rafting is a really popular summer activity, especially in West Virginia’s New River Gorge where the scenery is breathtaking and the rivers are among the oldest and top-rated for rafting in the world. However, while rafters are making their way down the river, they’re also experiencing a wealth of health benefits. From mental health to physical health, the rewards that come from rafting are numerous.
Summer rolls around just once each year. Now is your chance to spend quality time with your family and friends that you’ve been waiting for! These temporary expanses of freedom are the moments when you can take an active role in shaping who your children are and their love for the outdoors.
Workout – Whitewater rafting offers a fantastic physical workout. Allowing adventurers to tackle rapids head on, whitewater rafting exercises the entire body. To help aid in river conquests, rafters must test their strength and endurance to successfully conquer roaring Class II-V river rapids. Legs and arms receive an intense workout, as they are the main sources of energy that provide momentum to propel boats downstream.
Adventure – Allowing rafters to experience the thrill of the great outdoors, river rafting highlights breathtaking scenery, pristine wildernesses, scenic backdrops, historic sites, meandering rivers and rolling rapids.
Adrenaline – Whitewater rafting guarantees an adrenaline-fueled experience. Adrenaline rushes allow rafters to not notice physical excursion, simply focusing on the heart-pounding excitement of rolling rapids. Additionally, finishing a rafting tour gives adventurers a fulfilling sense of accomplishment.
Stress – Rafting provides an escape from day-to-day realities. The quietness of nature lets you relax and leave all your worries behind, especially when the river is slow-moving. At this moment, you can bask in the moment of peace. And yet, when the river gets going again, you can be sure to relieve your stress through the thrill of the rapids.
Disconnect from Digital – It’s not often one can completely disconnect from the outside world. While on the river, email, texts and social media slip away and you find yourself more “in the moment” than you’ve been in a very long time.
Team – Being in the wilderness with a group of people gives you the opportunity to bond with your friends, family, or coworkers. You learn about their strengths and weaknesses. Since whitewater rafting takes discipline, teamwork and leadership skills, knowing your team is crucial to success.
Overall, whitewater rafting is an excellent activity, providing social, psychological and physical benefits for people of all ages. The Lower New River provides the perfect combination of workout, adventure, stress relief and re-connecting with your friends.
What About the Kids?
A family whitewater rafting trip is a great way to encourage your kids to be active and get them out in nature, all while creating memories that will last a lifetime. And, kids 11 and under raft FREE!
Family Rafting Increases Family Bonds – Between school, friends and technology, it can be hard to find ways to encourage family bonding. And we all know that this closeness to parents and siblings is important, both for their current and future happiness.
It teaches kids to value time spent with their family, just as they do time spent with their Nintendo Switch. It strengthens how close they are with their siblings, a relationship that can offer a lifelong friend when nurtured and encouraged. It can also help kids to look forward to family time, rather than being dragged along to events or places that don’t interest them.
Rafting Gets Kids (and Parents) Active – Whitewater rafting is a great way to spend the day pushing your body physically, without even thinking about how much its helping your body! As you paddle through exciting rapids, your adrenaline can help you to push your body and get a quality upper-body and core workout, all while enjoying every moment.
White Water Rafting Connects Kids to Nature – Most of us live in cities and suburbs, without much access to the magnificent beauty that nature has to offer. When you go on a family rafting trip, you will get to experience the beautiful wilderness of the New River Gorge during your outdoor adventure. Not only are each of these outdoor experiences calming and connecting, but they can ignite a passion in children for outdoor activities and nature. This can keep them coming back for more mountain time as they grow older.
Rafting is Great for Everyone – Young, old, adventurous, or more cautious, there are rafting trips that are designed for your whole family. As long as your kids are 6 or older, we can help you plan the trip just right for your family. We have beginning rafting trips that are ideal for fit thrill-seekers, and others that offer just the right combination of calm and exciting whitewater for those who want something a bit less adventurous.
Whitewater rafting is the perfect escape for everyone in your family. The Upper New River is the perfect family whitewater trip for your vacation.
At the end of the day, no matter what trip you enjoyed, Smokey’s is the perfect setting to enjoy a delicious meal with your family or friends. Smokey’s offers indoor and outdoor seating with spectacular views.