Whitewater Rafting in West Virginia

Whitewater Rafting in West Virginia

Packages, Rates & Upgrades

At River Expeditions we offer a variety of white water rafting trips and vacations on the New River and the Gauley River, something for all levels of age and ability.

Family Class trips offer a playful introduction to rafting featuring easy to moderate rapids, tranquil pools, and amazing scenery.  This trip is great for families with young children or older adults who want a low-impact adventure.  Single and two-person duckies (inflatable kayaks) are also available on this trip for added adventure. Minimum age of 6.

Adventure Class trips are more challenging than Family Class trips and characterized by alternating pools and drops creating big, roller coaster waves and rapids.  Discover classic whitewater and action packed adventures set in spectacular gorges.  These trips are for beginners and experienced rafters alike. Minimum age of 12

World Class trips feature the most technical and difficult whitewater runs offered.  Steep drops, wild water and precise maneuvering define these thrilling whitewater rafting trips where rapids rate up to Class V+.  These trips are for advanced paddlers with previous adventure class rafting experience recommended. Minimum age is 16.

Raft upgrades are available. Smaller rafts provide higher performance and increased maneuverability. This aggressive approach is for experienced, enthusiastic paddlers who want to see the river from a completely different perspective. Wildside and Extreme Wildside are the two options for those over the age of 18, with prior class V+ rafting experience, excellent health, and the ability to calmly respond to adverse and difficult whitewater situations.

In some cases, families or small groups want to experience the river in a more personal setting and choose a smaller raft, without the added adventure. When reserving a small raft, please specify whether you want a more challenging ride or simply prefer to maintain closeness with those in your party.

Package Rates & Options

SMALL RAFT UPGRADE GUESTS PER BOAT NEW RIVER GAULEY RIVER
Wildside
5-7 $20* $30*
Extreme Wildside
2-4 $35* $45*

*Small raft prices are per person per day

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Lower New River Gorge

The Lower New River Gorge is just one reason West Virginia is renowned as America’s Best Whitewater.® This is among the most popular whitewater trips in the country and remains River Expeditions signature trip.

The Lower New River Gorge alternates from rapids to calm pools, allowing paddlers a break between the action. As the gorge narrows, water tumbles over huge boulders forming big, splashy waves and moderate to difficult rapids. You’ll encounter
giant holes, roller coaster waves and plenty of action packed whitewater excitement plus extras like Jump Rock, Swimmer’s Rapid and even surfing… West Virginia style!

Commonly referred to as “The Grand Canyon of the East,” this trip blends the elements of history, culture and scenic beauty to create the classic whitewater adventure. You’ll even finish the trip beneath the world famous New River Gorge Bridge.

We have packages to suit all tastes and budgets:
Single Day Rafting: Includes continental breakfast, lunch and beverages afterwards.
Double Run Rafting: Includes continental breakfast, lunch and beverages afterwards. 6 rafters required.
Value Package: Single day rafting, with 2 nights camping, deluxe dinner & continental breakfast daily.

Package Rates & Options

LOWER NEW RIVER Weekday Sunday Saturday
Single Day Rafting
$105 $105 $130
Double Run Rafting
$160 $160 $185
Value Package
$135 $135 $160

Upper New River Canyon

‘Surfing’ and ‘tweeting’ mean something entirely different here in the Upper New River Canyon. here the absence of internet, phones, traffic and the demands of a hectic schedule make it easy to unplug and leave the world behind. With these distractions aside, this becomes the perfect place to reconnect with family and friends.

The Upper New River is a playful introduction to rafting for families with young children or adults looking for a low impact adventure. This trip is characterized by gentle waves, tranquil pools with a few mild rapids and a glorious glimpse of nature at its best. here you’ll have plenty of opportunities to swim, play, paddle, spot wildlife, take photos and just relax. Nothing is more rewarding than watching your children learn to love adventures that the entire family can enjoy together for years to come. Bring your children closer to nature and closer to you. For an added challenge, try a super fun and easy to paddle ‘ducky’ (inflatable kayak) which holds one or two people.

River Expeditions guides are friendly, experienced and highly interactive, as well as patient, and genuinely committed to showing your family a fantastic time on the river. Your guide will seamlessly blend enthusiasm with expertise as they share their passion for and knowledge of the river.

Single Day Rafting: Includes continental breakfast, lunch and beverages afterwards.
Value Package: Single day rafting, with 2 nights camping, deluxe dinner & continental breakfast daily.

Package Rates & Options

LOWER NEW RIVER Weekday Sunday Saturday
Single Day Rafting
$95 $95 $125
Value Package
$125 $125 $155

Upper Gauley River

Set against a backdrop of towering cliffs and steep slopes of brilliant fall foliage, the Upper Gauley River is a high impact adventure recommended for only serious whitewater enthusiasts. It is ranked as one of the most uniquely challenging single day whitewater runs in the world and certainly in the United States. It is also the most extreme trip we offer.

On this trip you’ll encounter tight,technical rapids that demand precise maneuvering, skill and attention. and navigate through steep drops, narrow chutes, rocky ledges and crashing whitewater. Major rapids like Pillow Rock, Insignificant, Iron Ring, and Sweet’s Falls test your teamwork and keep the adrenaline pumping. The experience is intense with nonstop action from start to finish.

Enjoy exclusive access to the sunny side of Sweet’s Falls where hot, grilled lunch is prepared while you take a well earned break from paddling. This is the best vantage point to watch other rafters negotiate the rapids. Spectacular scenery and dramatic views highlight this high impact adventure.

We offer packages to suit all tastes and budgets:
Single Day Rafting: Includes continental breakfast, lunch and beverages afterwards.
Value Package: Single day rafting, with 2 nights camping, deluxe dinner & continental breakfast daily.
Double Upper Gauley: Continental breakfast, lunch and beverages afterwards. 6 rafters required.
Full Gauley Marathon: Continental breakfast, lunch and beverages afterwards. 6 rafters required.

Package Rates & Options

LOWER NEW RIVER Weekday Sunday Saturday
Single Day Rafting
$125 $145 $175
Value Package
$155 $175 $205
Double Upper Gauley
$190 $205 $285
Value Package
$185 $205 $240

2014 Gauley River release dates:

September 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27 28, and 29

October 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, and 19

October 18 is Bridge Day. October 19 is the last day of rafting.


Lower Gauley River

This renowned river is consistently ranked among the top rivers in the world by expert paddlers, based on its technical rapids, scenic quality and inaccessibility. The fall Lower Gauley is considered a moderate adventure and combines exhilarating rapids with magnificent scenery from start to finish.

This whitewater trip feels like a watery roller coaster ride—a favorite among many paddlers. It is set in a pristine wilderness which allows you to marvel at the rugged canyon walls and grandeur between rapids, numbering over 35, with colorful names like Pure Screaming Hell, Canyon Doors, Koontz Flume, and Heaven Help Us.

The Lower Gauley is characterized by big whitewater, invigorating rapids and breathtaking scenery. this adventure is well suited for enthusiastic first time rafters and is often the next step after rafting the Lower New River. The Lower Gauley is also the perfect prelude to the intense Upper Gauley.

Single Day Rafting: Includes continental breakfast, lunch and beverages afterwards.
Value Package: Single day rafting, with 2 nights camping, deluxe dinner & continental breakfast daily.

Package Rates & Options

LOWER NEW RIVER Weekday Sunday Saturday
Single Day Rafting
$110 $120 $155
Value Package
$140 $150 $185

2014 Gauley River Release dates:

September 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27 28, and 29

October 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, and 19

October 18 is Bridge Day. October 19 is the last day of rafting.

 


Summer Gauley River

Experience the Gauley River from an entirely new perspective in the Summer. Crisp, sparkling water will awaken your sense of adventure and spontaneity as water levels fluctuate daily. We evaluate water flows to determine the appropriate river section to run, giving you the best possible rafting experience that is guaranteed to be unique.

Here you’ll discover challenging whitewater runs and marvel at the splendor of nature amid the remote wilderness canyon. River Expeditions will determine the use of rafts and/or duckies on this classic adventure. This trip offers thrills for beginner to advanced paddlers; based on water
flows; minimum of 6 people required; available Memorial Day – Labor Day.

Single Day Rafting: Includes continental breakfast, lunch and beverages afterwards.
Value Package: Single day rafting, with 2 nights camping, deluxe dinner & continental breakfast daily.

Package Rates & Options

LOWER NEW RIVER Weekday Sunday Saturday
Single Day Rafting
$125 $125 $155
Value Package
$155 $155 $185

Dueling Rivers

Experience the best of both worlds as you raft America’s Best Whitewater® — two
different rivers in two fabulous days. Paddle the Lower New River on your first day
and the Summer Gauley the second day, taking in all the exciting nuances of these
distinctly different rivers.

Make the most of your precious vacation time by making the most of your
whitewater opportunities. Each river is uniquely challenging—you pick your favorite.
make it a package and include lodging and meals at our basecamp. based on water
flows; minimum of 6 people required; available Memorial Day – Labor Day.

Single Day Rafting: Includes continental breakfast, lunch and beverages afterwards.
Value Package: Single day rafting, with 2 nights camping, deluxe dinner & continental breakfast daily.

Package Rates & Options

LOWER NEW RIVER start sun-thu start fri-sat
Single Day Rafting
$190 $205
Value Package
$220 $235

Riverside Overnight Trips

Are you looking for the perfect getaway? Two days on the river and a night camping under the stars might be just the ticket. Explore the possibilities of an authentic wilderness rafting and camping experience. River Expeditions blends adventure with comfort and style on our premium
riverside overnight rafting adventures.

These riverside overnight trips include your choice of river adventures and one glorious night of camping along the river. After a full day of rafting, you’ll pull over and set up camp alongside the river at our exclusive overnight outpost. Relax and unwind while your guide prepares a delicious meal. Later relive fresh memories as you relax around a cozy campfire. fall asleep under the stars to the river’s gentle rhythm. You’ll awaken the next morning to a hearty breakfast before beginning the next leg of your rafting adventure.

Discover your passion for adventure and leave the world behind as you share this unique bond with your family, friends or group. The pressures of reality escape as time slows down long enough for you to totally unplug, disconnect and savor the experience. Camping at basecamp before and
after rafting is also included. These packages remain affordable and offer real value for the  experience. Custom trips are also available upon request.

Package Rates & Options

MULTI-DAY RAFTING TRIPS Start days Price
2-Day Upper/Upper New River
Minimum age 6
Fri-Sun
Mon-Thur
$245
$210
2-Day Upper/Lower New River
Minimum age 12
Fri-Sat
Sun-Thru
$245
$210
2-Day Lower New/ Upper Gauley River*
Minumum age 16
Fri-Sat
Sat-Sun
Sun-Mon
$360
$360
$310
2-Day Upper/Lower Gauley River*
Minimum age 16
Fri-Sat
Sat-Sun
Sun-Mon
$315
$315
$265
2-Day Upper/Upper Gauley River*
Minimum age 16
Fri-Sat
Sat-Sun
Sun-Mon
$365
$365
$300

* Previous rafting experience recommended. 8 rafters required.


Multi-Day Rafting Trips

These premium Multi-Day Packages combine two days of river adventures with three nights of basecamp lodging. So after an exciting day on the river you can take a hot shower, have a cold beverage, check out your rafting photos and watch the video of your day’s adventure. Best of all you can take a dip in the pool or relax in the hot tub before dinner. Later, browse in the Outfitters Store before heading to the Red Dog River Saloon & Grill™ for camaraderie among friends. Continental breakfast is available each morning, as well as complimentary beverages after rafting.

These packages feature two exciting days of rafting, plus all the comfort and convenience of our spacious basecamp for those who still want to stay connected with the outside world. Get the most value from your vacation budget with our multi-day trips.

Package Rates & Options

MULTI-DAY RAFTING TRIPS Start days Price
2-Day Upper/ Lower New River
Minimum age 12
Fri-Sun
Mon-Thur
$215
$190
Dueling Rivers
2-Day Lower New/ Summer Gauley
Minimum age 12, 6 rafters required
Fri-Sat
Sun-Thru
$240
$225
2-Day Lower New/ Upper Gauley*
Minumum age 16
Fri-Sat
Sat-Sun
Sun-Mon
$265
$250
$215
2-Day Upper/ Upper Gauley*
Minimum age 16
Fri-Sat
Sat-Sun
Sun-Mon
$290
$275
$240

* Previous rafting experience recommended.