Lower New River Gorge Whitewater Rafting

The Lower New River is the classic whitewater run upon which the rafting industry in West Virginia was built. And we've got Lower New trips from tame for ages 8 and up (depending on the season).


The Lower New River is our most popular section of water. With 25 rapids, it's a dazzling combination of beautiful scenery, calm pools and pulse-pounding whitewater. Easy enough for the first time rafter, yet difficult enough at certain times of year to challenge the most experienced crew, the Lower New can give you whatever you want from a West Virginia whitewater rafting trip.

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in June, July and August is Midweek Madness! Raft the Lower New River on any of those days for only $89/person! (Not valid with any other deal or discount.)

Click on any of these images to start the slideshow or learn more about 1/2 and one-day Lower New trips and multi-day Lower New trips. Or, if you want the most value possible for your dollar, check out our Lower New River Easy-Plan Packages, which include dining and lodging.

The character of the Lower New River changes drastically based on the water level. In the Spring, when snowmelt courses down from the high country and seasonal rains pound the headwaters to the South, we get what many believe to be the best whitewater in the Eastern U.S. Best described as a roller coaster ride, Spring waves are the size of city buses and the action is non stop. Summer, which is our most popular time of year, also sports big waves, but with long calm rests in between for swimming and relaxing. Summer is perfect for people who want to beat the heat in a cool mountain river peppered with a little excitement. Rafters as young as 9 can enjoy the Summer river in oar-rigged boats on our Family New River Trips. Fall is similar to summer, but has the added benefit of a dramatic leaf change. If you haven't seen the foliage from the river, you don't know what you're missing. Try it on Bridge Day, when the Gorge virtually explodes with reds, yellows and oranges and BASE jumpers fly overhead in a ribbon of blue sky while you pass under the New River Gorge Bridge!

Check out 1/2-day, full-day and multi-day Lower New River whitewater rafting trips in the sidebar at right!

Boat Upgrades

Small boats = big rides! Most of our rafting trips automatically run in 16' boats designed for 8-9 people. If you want the wildest ride possible, however, you want a Team Extreme small raft for 6 or even just 4 people.

Raft Length of Raft Single Trips Doubles & Marathons  
6-Person 14' $150/boat $240/boat Call to Book
4-Person 12' $200/boat $300/boat Call to Book