Which Has Better Whitewater Rafting, The New River or the Lower Gauley? You Decide!
Variety and high adventure!
Experience the best of both worlds, white water rafting on the New River AND Gauley Rivers! This is a great trip to get up close and personal with both of these insanely popular rivers. We'll spend the first day on the exciting and challenging Lower New River, where the waves are big and the Gorge is deep. On the second day, we'll hit the roaring Gauley, with all its twists and turns and technical, thrilling whitewater in this tight and inaccessible little gorge.
Take a break from the river in between, when we return to our breathtaking campus on the rim of the Lower New River Gorge, where you can sleep in style in any number of our cozy and amenity-filled cabins and eat like royalty in any of our three great restaurants.
Prices are per person and do not include tax and fees. Prices vary by day of the week.
TRIP LENGTH2 Days
The unpredictable nature of Gauley running means we may have a lot of water or just a little. The level on the day of the trip will determine which section we run and what type of boat we paddle. Depending on the water level, we could be on the Upper or Lower Gauley. We could be in our standard 16’ rafts, smaller more agile our team-extreme boats or possibly even 1 and 2-person duckies (inflatable kayaks). Either way, the Gauley is a true adventurer's adventure!
If we cannot run the Gauley due to water levels, we will place you on the New River and give you a boat upgrade so you don't miss out on any the wild in your play time!
What type of river is the New?
The Lower New River is wild West Virginia whitewater rafting at its best, with pounding rapids and exciting, steep drops separated by calm pools to swim in and help you catch your breath. With a professional guide in every raft, instruction is provided at each major rapid. The New River is a high-volume river. The rapids are formed by the large shelf drops and boulders, which create monster waves, hydraulics and world class whitewater. There’s plenty of floating and swimming to do in between the rapids
What type of river is the Gauley?
At most times of year lot depends on which section we're on and what the water level is, but regardless, you can expect one of the wildest rides of your life on the Gauley River. Both sections of the Gauley have multiple class-V rapids, but they don't call the Upper Gauley the Beast of East for nothing. You can expect tight, technical maneuvering, big waves, hard hits and a real adventure in every sense of the word. In the fall during Gauley Season, we have guaranteed big water, which entails a lot of action, a lot of huge hits and a lot of technical maneuvering.
What does Class VI provide?
We provide transportation to and from the river, all rafting equipment (helmet, life jacket, paddle & boat), professional guides in each raft, camping equipment and lunch both days.
How much time do we spend on the water?
The total trip is 2 full days with the night in between spent on campus. We spend most of both days on the water, with the second day being a bit longer, due to longer commutes to and from the river.
How big are the boats?
Our standard rafts are 15 feet long and can comfortably seat 8-9 guests and a guide. Of course, it's also possible that we'll be in duckies (1 or 2-person inflatable kayaks) or in high-adventure, team-extreme rafts.
What else might we need?
You should bring any medication you need throughout the day, plus sunscreen, sun glasses and if the weather is a little nippy, a dry layer to put on after the trip. (Your guide will be able to put it into a dry bag.) If necessary, we also rent wetsuits and paddle jackets. Via our partnership with Whitewater Photography, we also sell photos of you in the rapids. Our video boaters also accompany most trips and we offer DVDs of your experience for an extra charge. To ensure you get a video, you can pre-order one with your reservation.