A Quick Trip Down the New River

Short on time? Visiting our area for a quick trip? Want to pack in two activities in the same day? Then the Lower New River Rapid is the trip for you! This is a shorter version of our most popular full-day trip, the Full Day Lower New Trip. This half day trip is designed for those who want to experience all the excitement of the Lower New River but with less time on the water. You won’t stop for lunch or to jump off Jump Rock, but you will experience all of the rapids, scenery, and history that make the New River Gorge such a special place.

Rafting the New River Rapids

The New River winds its way through the New River Gorge, where, over millions of years, it carved and cut its way through the canyon, forming The Gorge that we love today. Large boulders are found throughout the river, with sheer cliffs near the top of the ~1,000-foot canyon. It isn’t hard to imagine how ancient this waterway is when you’re immersed in its scenery. Iconic views of Endless Wall and the New River Gorge Bridge will be visible from this section of the river.
You’ll also learn about some of the history of the region throughout your trip. During the late 1800s to early 1900s, the New River Gorge was home to dozens of prosperous coal mines. The ruins of these early towns can still be seen during your river trip.

This half-day trip is eight miles long, runs through 17 rapids ranging from Class II-V, and is focused on the whitewater without making additional stops to eat or jump rocks along the way. It’s an ideal option for those looking to go whitewater rafting and also fit in other adventures on the same day. When you’re back at the resort, you’ll have plenty of time left to explore!

Since this is a half-day trip, you can choose a second half-day trip to fill the rest of your day. Choose from ziplining, TimberTrek, rock-climbing, and more! Or, hang out by the pool for some sunshine and relaxation, you deserve it. And, make sure to check out some of our delicious dining options while you’re visiting!

Book your Whitewater Rafting Adventure Today!

Talk to a reservation specialist.


No data was found


About the New River

Did you know the New River is said to be the second-oldest river in the world? Over millions of years, its white water has carved the New River Gorge and left us with large shelf drops and boulders–a perfect combination of waves and hydraulics that make for world-class rafting. The Lower New River provides adventurous rafting, while the Upper New River is typically more tame.

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.

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. 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.

Trip Time

This is a Half Day Trip.
Depending on the day’s water level, you’ll spend between 2-3.5 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.

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 12 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!


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

Newsletter Signup
Please Note...

Due to high traffic volume online booking is currently running slow. For booking help call (855) 379-8738 or see our Trip Planner.