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Experience the rush of rafting West Virginia’s whitewater. Whether you’re paddling a raft or kayak, the New and Gauley Rivers feature some of the biggest, most breathtaking rapids in the country. Take your co-workers on a team-building adventure. Or, plan a peaceful float trip and enjoy the beauty of the New River Gorge.

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America’s Best Whitewater

West Virginia’s New, Gauley, Cheat and Tygart rivers offer a thrilling ride at varying levels, from rollicking Class I and II rapids all the way to roaring Class V waves. Every fall, the Gauley River is fed by water released from the Summersville Dam, resulting in the most intense whitewater rafting east of the Mississippi . The beautiful New River cuts its way through the 1,000-foot-deep New River Gorge and runs underneath the longest steel arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere. Sections of the New range from mild – perfect for float and fishing trips – to wild. Farther north are the Cheat and Tygart Rivers. The Cheat boasts more than 30 technical rapids. The Tygart is home to Wells Falls, considered the most powerful, runable drop in the Monongahela River basin.

Family fun
Nothing can bring a family together like the fun and exhilaration of a whitewater rafting trip. With select trips designed for children as young as six, rafting is one of the few adventure sports that can “wow” moms, dads, and teenagers, but be safe enough for younger children. Please check ahead with the rafting company for age requirements.

Have some new workers in your business? Hit the rapids instead of rope courses for a team-building experience you’ll never forget! Everyone has to work together to stay in the raft and out of the river. Church groups and clubs can also benefit from navigating whitewater as a team. Plan your group trip today.

While whitewater rafting may grab headlines, West Virginia’s rivers and lakes offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities, including boating, canoeing, kayaking, jet skiing, water tubing, fishing, scuba diving and more.

West Virginia has numerous top-notch companies from which to choose to obtain that ultimate adventure. All companies are required to provide helmets and life preservers and have their guides go through extensive training before being allowed to lead a group. View a detailed list of outfitters here.

Planning your trip
Trip planning is crucial to ensuring you have the most possible fun. From time of the year to what to wear and what to bring, you’ll find a complete list of suggestions here.

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