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  • Glade Creek Rafting Whitewater Rafting and Hiking


Glade Creek Canyon Whitewater Rafting and Hiking

  • Ages 8+
  • Full Day Trip
  • AOTG is the only outfitter to offer this experience!
  • Prices start at $169

The Glade Creek Canyon Whitewater Rafting and Hiking trip is a unique trip in two parts. First, you’ll hike the Glade Creek Trail to a swimming hole and waterfall. This trail is part of the New River Gorge National Park and is considered a mild hike, but make sure you bring good shoes for walking! Depending on the water level of Glade Creek, you’ll have the opportunity to swim in the cool and refreshing mountain water.

After the hike back, you’ll enjoy lunch, picnic style. Then you’ll raft the fun and splashy waters of a section of the Upper New River. One of the things that sets this trip apart is that it is limited to a very small group size. It is entirely self-contained, so you’ll be able to bring a change of clothes to keep on the bus and change into after your trip.

This trip combines the splendors of Glade Creek Canyon with the scenery, whitewater, and wildlife of the New River. The adventure begins with a hike along Glade Creek on a path that winds through rhododendron thickets and hemlock forests, then culminates with a waterfall and the chance to swim in the refreshing pool below it. After returning from the hike, you will enjoy a picnic lunch then hit the river. This section of the New River includes playful rapids and relaxing pools.

This is a seldom hiked and rafted area and has a maximum trip size of 14. This guarantees a true wilderness experience for you and your family. We recommend you wear comfortable shoes for the hike portion of the trip. You will have a chance to change clothing between the hike and rafting portion of the trip.

Please do not wear flip-flops or everybody’s favorite crocodile branded shoes. Sandals that strap to your feet or old tennis shoes are great options.

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About the River

The Glade Creek section of the New River is large in volume and features Class I-III rapids, ripply shoals, fun waves, and calm pools for drifting and swimming. This section is more advanced than the Upper New but is milder than the Lower New.

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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 a complimentary beverage at the end of the day. After the hiking portion of this trip, you'll enjoy a picnic style lunch, included in the trip.

Admission to the pool is included on the day of your trip.

What to Bring

Bring any medication you need throughout the day, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a change of clothes to keep at the resort to change into after your trip. Be sure to wear shoes that are comfortable for the hike.  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.

On this trip, you'll be hiking and rafting, so we recommend wearing shoes that are comfortable for both. Please do not wear flip-flops or everybody's favorite crocodile branded shoes. Sandals that strap to your feet or old tennis shoes are great options.

Trip Time

This is a Full Day Trip.
Depending on the day’s water level, you’ll spend between 3-3.5 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.

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Requirements and Limits

The minimum age for this trip is 8 years old. Our PFDs have a maximum chest capacity of 56 inches. All adventurers on the trip should be able to swim and should be able to hike approximately 1 mile. 

Group Reservations

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


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

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