Many of our guests have questions about whitewater river rafting in West Virginia and planning their adventure with us. We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ's), that pertain to rafting information, rafting guides, group accommodations, river related safety issues, and many other commonly asked questions about West Virginia vacations with River Expeditions.
We welcome all your questions and take time to answer them thoroughly and to the best of our knowledge. Feel free to call us at 1.800.463.9873 or email your question to email@example.com.
HOW DO I MAKE A RESERVATION?
Simply give River Expeditions a call at 1-800-463-9873 or book online
today. The best time to make a reservation for your West Virginia vacation is as soon as you can get your group together and pick a date. Select weekends and holidays fill up very early in the season. The sooner you book a reservation, the better the chance is that your first choice of dates will be available. Our Adventure Travel Specialists are all very familiar with the wonderful places that are to be found in West Virginia and are skilled at helping plan your vacation. We can combine any River Expeditions Whitewater Trip with camping, lodging and meals. There are many area attractions and activities that our reservationists can arrange at special prices and special times. Call now or book online
(link to online booking form) today. See you on the river!
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
In warmer months, a bathing suit, shorts, t-shirt, hat, sunglasses, sun screen, and old tennis shoes or river sandals are suggested. In spring and fall, a sweater, cap and socks of wool or polypropylene, over swim wear plus a wet suit and/or nylon paddling gear with old tennis shoes or river sandals are suggested. Wetsuits and paddling jackets are available for rent starting at $10.
WHAT WILL I NEED FOR CAMPING?
River Expeditions Camping Packages provide the campsite only. You will need to bring, tents, sleeping bags and toiletries for our shower house. *Rustic Cabins
, Tents on Platforms
and RV Sites
are available for nightly rental (Advanced reservations are required).
HOW CLOSE IS THE NEW RIVER GORGE NATIONAL PARK?
Canyon Rim Visitors Center is located just 4 miles north of River Expeditions. This is a great place to begin your exploration of the New River Gorge National River
. You’ll find helpful rangers, easy-to-read hiking and biking trail maps and a beautiful overlook of the famed New River Gorge Bridge, plus ranger-lead hikes and lectures.
WILL MY RAFT TRIP BE VIDEO TAPED OR PHOTOGRAPHED?
River Expeditions in-house videographers highlight excitement from the day featuring the major rapids, slow motion, cool graphics and music. Advance purchase is recommended to guarantee your trip will be filmed. Photos - Quality digital images of your trip are also available to view and purchase as glossy prints on Kodak paper or CD format. You can even order your photos online after the trip. Get the rafting DVD and Photo CD as a combo for the ultimate rafting souvenir!
DO YOU SELL GIFT CERTIFICATES?
You bet we do! River Expeditions Gift certificates make a great gift for someone special. Gift certificates can be used for Whitewater Rafting vacations on the New and Gauley Rivers. You can purchase them by trip or in any denomination you wish. So make somebody happy twice - once when you give it and once when they enjoy the thrills and fun of a Whitewater Adventure in West Virginia. Call today 1-800-463-9873 for River Expeditions Gift Certificates and give the gift of adventure!
CAN I SAVE MONEY?
River Expeditions Special Events offer some of the best bang for your buck! Our Weekday trips are always the best bargain on both the New and Gauley River. In addition, River Expeditions runs some mid-week specials that allow almost anyone to enjoy Whitewater Rafting. Groups receive discounts based on group size. So don't let the price keep you from the fun; call today to take advantage of our specials and discounts 1-800-463-9873. Sign up to receive our E-Newsletter
and you’ll be notified of any last minute savings offers exclusively for subscribers.
WHO CAN RAFT?
Almost anyone from 6 to 86 can find whitewater fun on both the New and Gauley Rivers. No experience is necessary on the milder sections of both rivers. Of course there are plenty of thrills for the "adrenaline junkies" in the wilder sections of the New and the World Famous Gauley River. For the most fun, start mild while building your skill level, and then try the bigger, wilder rapids. A multi-day trip lets you build your confidence and river ability each day. Although being able to swim is helpful, many non-swimmers raft with River Expeditions each year since each guest is given all necessary safety equipment: a Coast Guard approved Type V Life Jacket, Paddle and Helmet. Handicapped folks often raft with River Expeditions. We love to share the beauty and excitement of River Expeditions and Southern West Virginia with as many people as possible. We do our best to accommodate everyone. Just call our Adventure Travel Specialists to help make arrangements for any special needs you may have.
WHAT DO THE WHITEWATER RAPID CLASSIFICATIONS MEAN?
Rapids and rivers are subjectively rated Class I through Class VI. These ratings are dependent on volume of water, geography of the rapid and any downstream dangers and ease of recovery. In general the following classifications are appropriate: