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A Quick Trip Down the New

A shorter version of our most popular full-day trip, the Lower New River Rapid Run, half day trip is designed for those who want to experience the excitement of the Lower New River but with less time on the water. Morning and afternoon start times allow you to enjoy the New River when it’s not peak times, which means you’ll make your way down the river with a smaller crowd.

This half-day trip is eight miles long, runs through 17 rapids ranging from Class II-IV, 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!

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About the 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.

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