Maybe you have been rafting before and you noticed your video boater or some of the other kayakers in their colorful plastic boats, twirling and dancing in the whitewater, experiencing the river in a whole new way. If the thought of paddling your own highly maneuverable kayak intrigues you, you’ve come to the right place. Talk about resources!
Between the New River which provides the most reliable whitewater in the East, and the Gauley River which provides some of the wildest, we have great paddling options. The New River is an ideal river to learn on. The water is warm from late spring through the fall, an important fact considering you spend a good bit of time upside down at first. There are a variety of sections to run depending on your skill level. Lots of calm pools provide ideal spots for roll practice. Small eddies and riffles provide a gentle environment for learning the basics of ferrying across the current, eddying out, peeling out, and self-rescue.
Because this area is one of the country’s premier kayaking hot spots (Fayetteville local Erica Mitchell is the reigning World Champion in freestyle kayaking.), there is a large pool of talented, highly experienced instructors who have received their American Whitewater Kayak Instructors Certification. Our instructing staff is eager to share their enthusiasm and experience. Patient and empathetic, they will help you get comfortable and make sure that you progress at your own speed.
One day introductory clinics are available but two or more days are encouraged for skill practice and development. The Four Day/Camp/Clinic features a raft supported, camp-on-river four day clinic. Learning to kayak can be intimidating at first, but you will be amazed at how quickly you improve. If you think rafting is fun, just wait ‘til you run your first rapid in a kayak!
The best white water rafting in West Virginia is one thing we have lots of! You can buy an expensive plane ticket and go find bigger whitewater rafting somewhere (like the Zambezi River in Africa for instance!), but, overall, you won't find an area that has so many different stretches of water to paddle that run with such reliability. West Virginia white water rafting is know as "America's Best Whitewater".
The New River, dubbed "the Grand Canyon of the East," is the mack daddy of whitewater rafting on our local rivers. It runs big in the spring, but even in the depths of a dry summer, whitewater rafting on the New offers the best white water rafting in West Virginia. And you can count on West Virginia rafting to provide fun for everyone-not just the hardcore thrill seekers in your group.
Family rafting trips in WV on the upper stretches are perfect for the paddlers at either end of the age spectrum. These calmer sections are also ideal for family rafting trips in WV, overnight trips or beginning kayakers. The Lower New will satisfy those looking for bigger hits and a fatter adrenaline buzz. West Virginia white water rafting on the Lower New is big fun all year long.
Add The Gauley River to our rafting adventures in West Virginia and things really get interesting. This smaller, steeper, feistier and more pristine river complements the New River perfectly. West Virginia rafting on the Gauley is consistently rated among the top ten commercially run rivers in the world. Known as the best white water rafting West Virginia, the Gauley has become a required destination on any serious paddler's itinerary.
The Upper Gauley features steep, technical drops laced with dangerous undercut rocks keep paddlers on their toes. Five class V rapids (Insignificant, Pillow Rock, Lost Paddle, Iron Ring and Sweet's Falls) are dispersed along a nine-mile section of the river. In between are lots of smaller rapids that are still challenging and serious. The Lower Gauley is not quite as steep and its rapids tend to feature long rollicking wave trains. This is the perfect choice for people who want to take a step up from the New. The scenery is unsurpassed! During the spring and summer, the Gauley usually runs at lower flows, giving us a chance to explore it in smaller rafts and duckies.
You know, we've been running these rivers for over 30 years and we never get bored of rafting adventures in West Virginia. Every section changes depending on water level, and the scenery and wildlife change depending on the season. We invite you to come white water rafting in West Virginia and get to know "America's Best WhitewaterT" better!
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