Lower New Overnight
2 Days and 1 Nights White Water Rafting on West Virginia's New River
Wild, wonderful and historic!
Explore the New River like they did back in the 1800s—in multiple days! Spend the first day leisurely floating down the mild whitewater of the Upper New, taking time to kick back and enjoy the natural beauty surrounding you. We'll set camp on a beach deep in the Gorge, and by evening you'll be experiencing “Class VI hospitality,” with a gourmet dinner and tall tales around the campfire.
After a hearty breakfast the next morning, we’ll be off to conquer the most challenging section of the New River, the Lower Gorge. Rapids like the class-V Keeneys and Double Z provide a booming climax to this challenging river journey of a lifetime.
Prices are per person and do not include tax and fees.
TRIP LENGTH2 Days
Though you could technically call what we do on a secluded New River beach "roughing it," we go to great lengths to make sure you want for nothing. We prepare fantastic meals of all the great food you need to power your multi-day adventure and our equipment is state-of-the-art to keep you dry and cozy while you sleep, even in the worst possible weather.
What kind of river is the New?
The Upper New River is wide and shallow, with a mild gradients and long ripply rapids characterized by shoals and waves. 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, along with stops at Jump Rock and a huge gourmet deli-style riverside lunch and our campsites.
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, food and eating utensils. That's everything you need, except your private gear, medications, etc.
How much time do we spend on the water?
The total trip is 2 days from the time you leave base camp until you return. We spend most of both of them on the water, with the second day being a bit shorter.
How big are the boats?
Our standard rafts are 15 feet long and can comfortably seat 8-9 guests and a guide. It's possible that we'll be in duckies on the Upper New, however. A duckie is a 1 or 2-person inflatable kayak.
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.
Check out our New River Overnight Checklist (PDF).