4th of July in the New River Gorge

4th of July weekend is considered by many to be the height of the summer, with friends, family, BBQ, hot days and fun nights. This year, why not expand your list of fun things to do to include whitewater rafting? Or how about some friendly volleyball competition? Or even both? Follow it up with a dip in the pool and some smores and you have the perfect 4th of July weekend.

This year, River Expeditions will be holding their 23rd annual Independence Day Volleyball Tournament at their adventure resort in the New River Gorge. In addition to the tournament, they are also offering discounted prices on whitewater rafting throughout the weekend. Rafting packages include a cookout, 3 nights of camping, and a daily light breakfast!

“Volleyball is a not only a fun game to play, but it is also a fun game to watch – especially with competitive teams in a tournament!” says Rick Johnson, owner of River Expeditions. “The rafting crowd is generally a pretty athletic group, so the competition often does get pretty fierce! Add in some BBQ and good friends, and you have a great recipe to celebrate 4th of July!”

Details about the River Expeditions Volleyball Championship and entry forms can be obtained by calling River Expeditions at 1-800-463-9873.

The New and Gauley Rivers are also full of cultural and natural history, meaning that guests can not only soak up the thrill of the whitewater, but also do so in setting that is representative of the American ideals that are celebrated on Independence Day. Beyond whitewater rafting, there are tons of “dry” activities to participate, including horseback riding, hiking, ATV tours, mountain biking, and much more. The New River Gorge is known the for the variety of classes of whitewater rafting available, ranging from paths ideal for the new or nervous rafter, to some of the most intense waters in the world. “The Grand Canyon of the East”, as it is known as by many, creates an ideal high speed whitewater environment because of the high rocks and winding path. Water temperatures average approximately 78 degrees in July, making the water an ideal temperature for water based activities.

White water rafting consists of traveling down a stretch of the New or Gauley Rivers on an inflatable raft. Trips generally span about 5-7 hours, including a waterside lunch. No experience is necessary on milder trips, nor is the ability to swim. All necessary safety equipment is provided: a Coast Guard approved Type V Life Jacket, Paddle, and Helmet.

Sat $155; Raft Sunday or Friday & Save $25