New River

Section of river: New River, Lower near Fayetteville, WV
Difficulty: Class 3-4
Length: 15 miles; 25 KM
Season: March – September
Best rapids: The Keeneys and Double Z

rafter_under_new_river_gorge_bridgeThe New River Gorge is one of those awe-inspiring places in the world, where beauty and white water combine into one of the greatest outdoor vacations on the East Coast and in the world. Learning the history of everything from how the rapids where named to the interesting past of the New River Gorge Bridge, a world famous steel arch bridge is just a small part of the area .


The New River offers different whitewater experiences throughout the year. Spring means a wonderful opportunity to take on the New River at higher water levels and less-crowded conditions.

panoramic_gauleySummer combines warm weather, exhilarating and cool rapids and a chance to bond with nature. Whatever the season, the New provides a classic river experience in a manageable setting that’s perfect for first-timers, families and groups with varied rafting experience.

Section of river: New River, Upper (Prince to Thurmond)
Difficulty: Class 1-3
Length: 13 miles; 20 KM
Season: May – August
Best rapids:

web_RIT_rafting02_squareThis upper section of the New River is a great outdoor vacation for families. This trip taken mostly in smaller water crafts such as ducks or funyaks is a great introduction trip for children. You can relax and enjoy the scenery of the New River Gorge while paddling along in your own boat. With small playful waves and lots of time to swim, play and relax with your family and friends, your vacation will be remembered for years to come.