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Overview

An Overnight Adventure with Luxury

The Gauley River Deluxe overnight trip is an unforgettable outdoor experience that combines adrenaline-pumping whitewater rafting by day with a chef-prepared dinner and a comfortable camping experience by night. After a full day of Class V rapids, we’ll make our way into the depths of the stunning Gauley River Canyon. This is where we’ll find our campsite and spend the evening relaxing in wood-fired hot tubs on the riverbank, telling stories by the campfire, and enjoying a fresh, full-course meal and cocktails.

On day two, you’ll tackle the rolling wave trains of the Lower Gauley River. This section is known for its iconic beauty, and is the perfect conclusion to your two days spent on the river. Enjoy lunch on the river before heading back out on the rapids and then back to Adventures on the Gorge.

This trip covers more than 120 rapids, including Class V challenges like “Insignificant” and “Lost Paddle.” The Gauley River is technically, physically, and mentally demanding, so this trip is recommended only for experienced rafters.

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About the Gauley River

The Gauley River is the cream of the whitewater crop. It’s characterized by heavy rapids that require tight, technical maneuvering. It’s 24 miles long, but it’s typically split into two sections: the Upper Gauley and the Lower Gauley. Gauley Season brings the year’s biggest whitewater and draws enthusiasts from across the globe each September and October. Over the course of six weeks, water is released from Summersville Lake on a set schedule, making for wild, powerful, BIG rapids that bring thrills you just can’t get anywhere else.

What’s Included

Transportation is covered from the resort to the river and back again. We’ll also provide all your rafting equipment (helmet, personal flotation device or PFD, paddle, and boat) and lunch and dinner on day one and breakfast and lunch on day two.

What to Bring

Bring any medication you need, plus sunscreen, sunglasses, and a change of clothes for after your trip, plus a change of clothes for the following day. Bring any toiletries you may want to use. 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.

You'll need to bring all camping equipment, including tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping bag. A checklist will be provided for all recommended and required gear and equipment.

Trip Time

This is a Overnight Trip.
Depending on the day’s water level, you’ll spend between 5-7 hours on the water, plus shuttle time to and from the river. Trip length and intensity vary based on water levels, which change throughout the season.

Your Boat & Guide

Our standard, 16-foot rafts comfortably seat eight rafters and one river guide. Upgrades to 14-foot and 12-foot rafts are available to reserve. Your river guide sits in the back of the raft, where they’ll give instructions for when and how to paddle through each rapid and share their expertise about our rivers and region. Learn more about our guides.

Requirements and Limits

The minimum age for this trip is 16 years old. Our PFDs have a maximum chest capacity of 56 inches. All adventurers on the trip should be able to swim.

Group Reservations

Custom quotes are available for groups of over 15. Call us to learn more!

Safety

Our trip leaders and river guides will talk through specific guidelines and requirements on site before you head for the water.

About the Upper Gauley River

The Upper Gauley is the cream of the whitewater crop. It is intimidating, and for good reason. This section of the river packs quite a punch, and may be the most high-adventure trip that most rafters will ever attempt. You can expect an adventure you will never forget with one of our experienced guides.

About the Lower Gauley River

At 13 miles long, the Lower Gauley offers ample stretches of calm, relaxing waters, and Class III-V rapids. Though it's not as technically demanding as the Upper Gauley, this is the most advanced river section for first-time rafters.

Guide Information

On class III-IV and harder trips, a guide sits in every raft and provides instruction at each major rapid and throughout the trip.

Boat Size

Our standard rafts are 16 feet long, comfortably seating 8 guests and a guide. Upgrades to high-adventure smaller rafts are available for experienced rafters for an additional fee.

Time on Water

This is two full days in the river. Depending on the water level, you’ll spend between 5-7 hours on the water plus shuttle time to and from the river.

What’s Provided

We provide transportation from our resort to the river and back again, all rafting equipment (helmet, life jacket, paddle and boat) and lunch and dinner on the first day and breakfast and lunch on the second day.

What to Bring

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. The average water temperature on the Gauley River is 50 degrees. You may want to bring a synthetic layer, depending on the time of the year and the weather. Wetsuits and splash jackets are available for rent, as long as booked in advance.

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