A Kid-Friendly Rafting Getaway

Ready to take the family on a new adventure? The Upper New River Overnight is the perfect way to introduce everybody in the family (or your group) to the river and camping! Our experienced guides will guide you on the fun, gentle rapids of the Upper New River. After a day of fun (and a riverside lunch), we’ll make camp along the river and enjoy dinner and campfire stories before heading to our cozy tents. The next morning, enjoy breakfast before heading back out on the river for another day of fun. This trip is the perfect opportunity for your and your kids to unplug and connect to nature like never before!

This trip includes two days of rafting, one night of camping, lots of exploring, and plenty of food and family fun in between.

The Upper New River is the trip for families, and throwing the fun of camping into the mix makes it even better! On the Upper New River, kids as young as six can play, paddle, and swim in the fun and splashy rapids and the calm water. This is the perfect introductory trip for timid first time rafters or families with youngsters. You’ll experience the beauty of the New River, with just enough thrills to keep everybody in the family smiling.

Unplug and reconnect with your family this summer on the upper New River Overnight!

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About the River

The Upper New River is known for her fun and splashy rapids, perfect for little ones to experience their first rafting trip. While the down stream section is boulder strewn, with dramatic drops, waves, and hydraulics, the Upper New River provides calmer waters for the littlest rafters or those who are searching for a more relaxing day on the river.

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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 lunch and dinner on the first day of the trip and breakfast and lunch on the second.

A dry bag is provided for each person.

What to Bring

Bring any medication you need, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a dry clothes to change into at night and the following morning. 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 gear including tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad. You'll be provided with a checklist when you book so you'll know what is required and what is recommended for you to bring.

Trip Time

This is a Overnight Trip.
Depending on the day’s water level, you’ll spend between 4-6 hours on the water per day, 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

We typically take inflatable kayaks on the Upper New. They are inflatable two-person rafts shaped like kayaks. With an inflatable kayak, you’ll get to experience a more personal whitewater rafting challenge on a craft that’s stable, fun, and easy to maneuver. Our inflatable kayaks are self-bailing, which means water that splashes in will drain out on its own. Our standard, 16-foot rafts are available upon request or when the water is high. These comfortably seat eight rafters and one river guide. River guides will be either in rafts or in inflatable kayaks to lead the pack, and they’re experts at working with beginner rafters and families with small children. Learn more about our guides.

Requirements and Limits

The minimum age for this trip is 6 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.

What is the toilet facility like on an overnight trip?

We use a groover and set up a privacy tent.

What's a groover, you may ask? A groover is a portable toilet designed for the river. It's watertight, easy to set up, and has a funny name that is derived from its early days of river use, when the old style used would leave "grooves" on user's legs. Now, we use toilet seats, so you don't have to worry about that little detail.

What size are the drybags?

110 liter or approx 16" Diameter x 33" Height (https://www.nrs.com/nrs-110l-bills-bag-dry-bag/p74j)

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