The New River Gorge
The Best White Water Rafting in West Virginia!!
New River White Water Rafting Trips
The New River, known to many as the Grand Canyon of the East, features the best white water rafting in America! The New River lies in a stunning and picturesque, West Virginia gorge, with the mountains of the Allegheny Plateau creating a dramatic skyline more than 700 feet above the river. Wildwater Expeditions white water rafting trips tour two sections of the New River Gorge:
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- Rafting the Upper New River of West Virginia: class I to class III whitewater (great for beginners and all ages), with lots of time for relaxed floating and swimming; and
- Rafting the Lower New River of West Virginia: with class III to class IV+ rapids, this whitewater rafting ride is a thrill for novices and veterans.
One day of whitewater rafting in West Virginia is never enough. So to make sure you get your fill of the great outdoors, we offer multi-day river trips. Our New River Rafting Overnight trips include camping at the edge of th river while enjoying fresh grilled steak dinners that will surprise even the gourmet chef in your group.
If variety is what you're after, combine your New River white water rafting trip with a zip-line canopy tour, an ATV ride or a rock climbing clinic. Book a New River White Water Rafting Package to get the most value on your vacation.
When Should We Go Rafting?
Life on the New River here in West Virginia is seasonal, and as the months change so, too, does the whitewater rafting experience on the New River. Keep these tips in mind when deciding when to book your whitewater rafting trip with Wildwater Expeditions:
- Spring Rafting: The New River roars as winter snow and rain runoff bring white water, crashing waves and grumbling hydraulics to the Gorge. Wetsuits will keep you warm on this roller coaster ride.
- Summer Rafting: The high water of spring begins to ebb, but summer also brings plenty of sunny weather on the New River. So now it's time to swim in the pools between whitewater rapids, or take a hike to find wildflowers and historic ruins.
- Fall Rafting: The New River water levels begin to drop, and as the whitewater calms the leaves of the New River Gorge show their vivid palette. Fall foliage is in full effect for each year's Bridge Day festivities - a must-see in your lifetime, as hundreds of parachutists leap from the New River Gorge Bridge.