How to Choose a Rafting Trip

4 Steps to choosing the right rafting experience for you and your group:


First consider the type of experience you would like to have as well as the age and physical capabilities of you and your group. Are you looking for a relaxing float on a scenic river, a wet and wild rafting adventure, or the best in adrenalin filled whitewater?


Are you interested in:

  • A Full day rafting experience with riverside lunch
  • A Half day rafting experience
  • A complete package that includes lodging/camping, meals, rafting, as well as other adventure activities. All outfitters can provide you an all-inclusive package to meet your needs.


Family Class Rafting

Upper New River – Families & friends can discover the beauty and tranquility of a gentle river expedition on the Upper New. Enjoy a cool swim, a plunge off of “jump rock” or become “king of the duckie” as you enjoy a family adventure at your own pace. These are experiences that bring families closer together and will be remembered for a lifetime.

  • Trips leave daily Spring through Fall – Rafts or Inflatable Kayaks are available
  • Perfect trip for those with children ages 5 and older
  • Full day trip with riverside lunch included
  • Great introduction trip for those tentative to rafting
  • Very scenic with amazing historical features
  • Fishing trips are available – Incredible small mouth bass river
  • River Bank Overnights are available

Adventure Class Rafting

Lower New River – Enjoy the thrill of classic whitewater rafting. Perfect for the experienced or first time rafter, these wet and wild trips are what makes whitewater rafting so popular, and West Virginia has America’s best. These trips are truly an inspiration to the mind, body and spirit.

  • Trips leave daily Spring through Fall
  • Ages 12 & up
  • Trips end near the world famous New River Gorge Bridge
  • Full day with riverside lunch & half day trips available
  • Very scenic with amazing historical features
  • Fishing trips are available – Incredible small mouth bass river
  • River Bank Overnights are available

World Class Rafting

Lower Gauley River – A prelude to the Upper Gauley, the lower combines rollercoaster rapids with incredible scenery for a world-class rafting experience.

  • September & October each year – Summer Gauley Trips may be available
  • Ages 14 & up – A step up from the Lower New, try before your first Upper Gauley trip.
  • Full day trip with lunch
  • Exciting & remote wilderness type river experience
  • Overnights are available

Upper Gauley River – If you like to push it and challenge the athlete inside you, these trips will push you to the extreme and challenge your skills. Huge waves, heart pounding excitement and adrenaline filled action will give you an experience that will leave you tested and with a great sense of accomplishment.

  • September & October each year
  • Ages 16 & up
  • Prior rafting experience is recommended.
  • Full day with riverside lunch or half day trips available
  • This is it…the ultimate rafting experience! America’s Best Whitewater.
  • Rated number ten in the World!
  • Overnights are available


A. Click Choosing An Outfitter for important information making a good choice.

B. Find outfitters, website links and other contact information in our Outfitter Directory.

West Virginia Professional River Outfitters
PO Box 32
Fayetteville, WV 25840
(304) 574-2343