To reach our biggest thrills you'll have to travel south. You'll be glad you did. From the moment you arrive in Fayetteville, you will know you are in a special place.
on the New River
The New River is actually one of the oldest rivers in North America. At least 65 million years in its present course, the New River was once part of an immense lake that covered much of the New River Gorge area. The river shares the geological aspect of the Nile, flowing south to north, with its headwaters in the Blue Ridge Mts. of North Carolina. As the river flows through Virginia into West Virginia, it picks up several warm water tributaries, making it an unusually warm water river (temperatures range from 55 Degrees in April to 80 degrees in August).
Today the 53 miles of this ancient river are preserved as the New River Gorge National River under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. The river flows through a rugged canyon up to 1300 feet in depth. The canyon is majestic, where a fast growing deciduous forest hides the old coal towns that once flourished along the banks of the New River. In 1978 the National Park Service declared the New River a National River and has since sought to preserve and protect it. Rafted commercially for the first time in 1969, the New River continues to provide thrills for all ages and has become known as the "Grand Canyon" of the eastern U.S.. The rapids on the New are classified from Class I to Class V, with I being least difficult and VI being most difficult.
Class I - Class III. The Upper New is a scenic section of river with easy to moderate whitewater action. Perfect for families with younger children, it is a great introduction to rafting. Learn how to negotiate rapids like "Silo" and "The Ledges" in our "Sit-on-top" kayaks, duckies or rafts while you enjoy the majestic beauty this upper canyon has to offer.
Ranked #5 in the Nation and #10 in the World. An excellent intermediate level rafting trip, the Lower New, Class III to Class V, is our most popular Southern WV trip, as it ranges from moderate Class III rapids to the big-water thrills of Class V whitewater! The Lower Canyon in combination with its natural beauty and awesome whitewater, will be the highlight of your trip. When all this water funnels down between the 1000 ft. canyon walls of the New River Gorge, it creates the biggest, wildest and most unusual whitewater rafting east of the Rocky Mountains. This section provides challenges for adventurous novice and intermediate rafters, as well as those with lots of whitewater experience. The rapids are followed by calm pools of water, allowing paddlers to take a break and enjoy the natural beauty that unfolds within the gorge. You will always be assured of a different and unique adventure no matter when you choose to raft, as no two Rivers trips are ever the same; however, high water levels are to be expected in the Spring. (For those age 12 and up).
Call (800)326-7238 for reservations.
on the Gauley River
The Gauley River is truly one of the rare jewels of World Class Whitewater. It combines the awesome power of a big water river with tight, technical whitewater that is nearly continuous from beginning to end. The Gauley is rated by many as the best whitewater trip in the world! This river is a dam released river with its water source at Summersville Lake, the states largest man-made lake. Each fall the Army Corp. of Engineers releases the water at Summersville dam in order to bring the lake to its winter pool levels. The optimum whitewater release is near 2400 cubic feet per second. This release is scheduled in cooperation with whitewater outfitters to insure optimum flow for rafting on the Gauley River. With two distinct twelve-mile sections, this river boasts over 75 major rapids ranging from Class III - V! Trips are usually 6 to 8 hours on the water, depending on water levels.
This section of the Gauley River is described by the book "Wildwater West Virginia' as "12 miles of the swirling, crashing, pounding end." and is worth every adjective. It is truly considered world-class and beckons only serious whitewater enthusiasts. Continuous rapids demand your constant attention, as well as the guide's. Technical maneuvering allows passage through narrow chutes and rocky ledges. If you crave non-stop action, this is the trip for you. (Minimum age is 16 years old.) Previous rafting experience is recommended.
The Lower Section of the Gauley is often overlooked because of the World Class fame of the Lower New and the fact that it is suitable for first timers. The Lower Gauley is the perfect next step for those who have rafted the New and are looking for a bigger challenge. Recommended for intermediate rafters age 12 and up, this section of river is characterized by over 35 major rapids with names like "Pure Screaming Hell", "Canyon Doors" and "Heaven Help Us", providing excitement for all those who meet its challenge. There are pools below each rapid to pick up any swimmers. This feature allows us to run first-timers on this truly unusual big water whitewater river. Scenic beauty and crisp, clean water are highlights of this trip most simply noted as breathtaking! (Minimum age is 12 years old.)
Call (800)326-7238 for reservations.
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