Whitewater Rafting in West Virginia

Rafting Packages

At River Expeditions, we offer a number of whitewater rafting trips and vacations, suitable for various ages and abilities, within America’s newest National Park: New River Gorge National Park & Preserve and the Gauley River National Recreation Area.

Family Class Trips (min. age 6) are a playful introduction to whitewater rafting. They are great for families with young children or older adults who want a low-impact adventure. These trips feature easy-to-moderate rapids, tranquil pools, and amazing scenery. Single and two-person duckies (inflatable kayaks) are also available for added fun.

Adventure Class Trips (min. age 12) are more challenging than Family Class Trips. These trips are characterized by alternating pools and drops that create big, roller coaster-type waves and rapids. Adventure Class Trips are suitable for beginners and experienced rafters alike.

World Class Trips (min. age 16) are the most technical and difcult whitewater runs offered. Because of the steep drops, wild water and rapids that rate up to Class V+, World Class Trips are recommended for advanced paddlers with previous Adventure Class rafting experience.

Raft Upgrades

River Expeditions offers raft upgrades for those that want a more riveting ride. Smaller rafts provide higher performance and increased maneuverability. Experienced paddlers (that are also over the age of 18, in excellent health and calmly respond to adverse conditions) can choose smaller raft options — Wildside or Extreme Wildside— for a new perspective and extra adrenaline rush.

Sometimes, families or smaller groups like to choose a smaller raft in order to have a closer, more personal experience without the added thrill. When upgrading to a small raft, simply share your preference with us, and we’ll be happy to accommodate.

Rafting Package Rates & Options

SMALL RAFT UPGRADE  GUESTS PER BOAT  NEW RIVER  GAULEY RIVER
Wildside
7 $140* $210*
Extreme Wildside
4 $140* $180*

*Small raft prices are per boat per day; An additional $20 per person applies to these upgrade rates on Saturdays and Holiday Sundays.

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Our Whitewater Rafting Trips

  • Lower New River Gorge

    The Lower New River Gorge is just one reason West Virginia is renowned as America’s Best Whitewater®. This is among the most popular whitewater trips in the country and remains River Expeditions signature trip.

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    The Lower New River Gorge alternates from rapids to calm pools, allowing paddlers a break between the action. As the gorge narrows, water tumbles over huge boulders forming big, splashy waves and moderate to difficult rapids. You’ll encounter giant holes, roller coaster waves and plenty of action packed whitewater excitement plus extras on this single-day expedition like Jump Rock, Swimmer’s Rapid and even Surfing – West Virginia style!

    Commonly referred to as “The Grand Canyon of the East,” this trip blends the elements of history, nature, culture and scenic beauty to create the classic whitewater adventure. You’ll even finish the trip beneath the world famous New River Gorge Bridge.

    We have packages to suit all tastes and budgets:

    Single Day Rafting: Includes continental breakfast, lunch and beverages afterwards.
    Double Run Rafting: Includes continental breakfast, lunch and beverages afterwards. 6 rafters required.
    Value Package: Single day rafting, with 2 nights camping, deluxe dinner & continental breakfast daily.

    Package Rates & Options

    LOWER NEW RIVER Weekday Sunday Saturday
    Single Day Rafting
    $125 $125 $150
    Double Run Rafting
    $195 $195 $220
    Value Package
    $160 $160 $185

    On May 29, July 3 and September 4, Holiday (Saturday) rates apply.

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  • Upper New River Canyon

    Kids ages 6 – 11 raft for FREE with a paying adult!

    The Upper New River is a playful introduction to rafting for families with young children or adults looking for a low impact adventure. This trip is characterized by gentle waves, tranquil pools with a few mild rapids and a glorious glimpse of nature at its best.

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    Here you’ll have plenty of opportunities to swim, play, paddle, spot wildlife, take photos and just relax. Nothing is more rewarding than watching your children learn to love adventures that the entire family can enjoy together for years to come. Bring your children closer to nature and closer to you. For an added challenge, try a super fun and easy to paddle “ducky” (inflatable kayak) which holds one or two people.

    River Expeditions guides are friendly, experienced and highly interactive, as well as patient, and genuinely committed to showing your family a fantastic time on the river. Your guide will seamlessly blend enthusiasm with expertise as they share their passion for and knowledge of the river.

    Single Day Rafting: Includes continental breakfast, lunch and beverages afterwards.
    Value Package: Single day rafting, with 2 nights camping, deluxe dinner & continental breakfast daily.

    Package Rates & Options

    UPPER NEW RIVER Weekday Sunday Saturday
    Single Day Rafting
    $115 $115 $145
    Value Package
    $150 $150 $180

    On May 29, July 3 and September 4, Holiday (Saturday) rates apply.

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  • Upper Gauley River

    Set against a backdrop of towering cliffs and steep slopes of brilliant fall foliage, the Upper Gauley River is a high impact adventure recommended for only serious whitewater enthusiasts. It is ranked as one of the most uniquely challenging single day whitewater runs in the world and certainly in the United States. It is also the most extreme trip we offer.

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    On this trip you’ll encounter tight,technical rapids that demand precise maneuvering, skill and attention. And navigate through steep drops, narrow chutes, rocky ledges and crashing whitewater. Major rapids like Pillow Rock, Insignificant, Iron Ring, and Sweet’s Falls test your teamwork and keep the adrenaline pumping. The experience is intense with nonstop action from start to finish.

    Enjoy exclusive access to the sunny side of Sweet’s Falls where hot, grilled lunch is prepared while you take a well earned break from paddling. This is the best vantage point to watch other rafters negotiate the rapids. Spectacular scenery and dramatic views highlight this high impact adventure.

    We offer packages to suit all tastes and budgets:
    Single Day Rafting: Includes continental breakfast, lunch and beverages afterwards.
    Value Package: Single day rafting, with 2 nights camping, deluxe dinner & continental breakfast daily.
    Full Gauley Marathon: Continental breakfast, lunch and beverages afterwards. 6 rafters required.

    Package Rates & Options

    UPPER GAULEY RIVER Weekday Sunday Saturday
    Single Day Rafting
    $140 $160 $205
    Value Package
    $175 $195 $240
    Full Gauley Marathon $200 $220 $270

    2022 Fall Gauley River Release Dates (tentative):

    • September: 9, 10, 11, 12; 16, 17, 18, 19; 23, 24, 25, 26; 30
    • October: 1, 2, 3; 7, 8, 9, 10; 15 (Bridge Day) & 16 (Last Day)

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  • Lower Gauley River

    This renowned river is consistently ranked among the top rivers in the world by expert paddlers, based on its technical rapids, scenic quality and inaccessibility. The fall Lower Gauley is considered a moderate adventure and combines exhilarating rapids with magnificent scenery from start to finish.

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    This whitewater trip feels like a watery roller coaster ride—a favorite among many paddlers. It is set in a pristine wilderness which allows you to marvel at the rugged canyon walls and grandeur between rapids, numbering over 35, with colorful names like Pure Screaming Hell, Canyon Doors, Koontz Flume, and Heaven Help Us.

    The Lower Gauley is characterized by big whitewater, invigorating rapids and breathtaking scenery. this adventure is well suited for enthusiastic first time rafters and is often the next step after rafting the Lower New River. The Lower Gauley is also the perfect prelude to the intense Upper Gauley.

    Single Day Rafting: Includes continental breakfast, lunch and beverages afterwards.
    Value Package: Single day rafting, with 2 nights camping, deluxe dinner & continental breakfast daily.

    Package Rates & Options

    LOWER GAULEY RIVER Weekday Sunday Saturday
    Single Day Rafting
    $125 $135 $185
    Value Package
    $160 $170 $220

    2022 Fall Gauley River Release Dates (tentative):

    • September: 9, 10, 11, 12; 16, 17, 18, 19; 23, 24, 25, 26; 30
    • October: 1, 2, 3; 7, 8, 9, 10; 15 (Bridge Day) & 16 (Last Day)

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  • Summer Gauley River

    Experience the Gauley River from an entirely new perspective in the Summer. Crisp, sparkling water will awaken your sense of adventure and spontaneity as water levels fluctuate daily. We evaluate water flows to determine the appropriate river section to run, giving you the best possible rafting experience that is guaranteed to be unique.

    Here you’ll discover challenging whitewater runs and marvel at the splendor of nature amid the remote wilderness canyon. River Expeditions will determine the use of rafts and/or duckies on this classic adventure. This trip offers thrills for beginner to advanced paddlers; based on water flows; minimum of 8 people required; available Memorial Day – Labor Day.

    Single Day Rafting: Includes continental breakfast, lunch and beverages afterwards.
    Value Package: Single day rafting, with 2 nights camping, deluxe dinner & continental breakfast daily.

    Package Rates & Options

    SUMMER GAULEY RIVER Weekday Sunday Saturday
    Single Day Rafting
    $145 $145 $175
    Value Package
    $180 $180 $210

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  • Dueling Rivers

    Experience the best of both worlds as you raft America’s Best Whitewater® — two different rivers in two fabulous days. Paddle the Lower New River on your first day and the Summer Gauley the second day, taking in all the exciting nuances of these distinctly different rivers.

    Make the most of your precious vacation time by making the most of your whitewater opportunities. Each river is uniquely challenging—you pick your favorite, make it a package and include lodging and meals at our basecamp. based on water
    flows; minimum of 8 people required; available Memorial Day – Labor Day.

    Single Day Rafting: Includes continental breakfast, lunch and beverages afterwards.
    Value Package: Single day rafting, with 2 nights camping, deluxe dinner & continental breakfast daily.

    Package Rates & Options

    LOWER NEW RIVER + SUMMER GAULEY RIVER Start Sun-Thu Start Fri-Sat
    2-Single Days Rafting
    $225 $240
    Value Package
    $265 $280

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  • Riverside Overnight Trips

    Minimum 8 rafters required.

    Are you looking for the perfect getaway? Two days on the river and a night camping under the stars riverside might be just the ticket. Explore the possibilities of an authentic wilderness rafting and camping experience. River Expeditions blends adventure with comfort and style on our premium riverside overnight rafting adventures. These riverside overnight trips include your choice of river adventures and one glorious night of camping along the river. Camping at basecamp the night before and after rafting is also included.

    After a full day of rafting, you’ll pull over and set up camp alongside the river at our exclusive overnight outpost. Relax and unwind while your guide prepares a delicious meal. Later relive fresh memories as you relax around a cozy campfire. fall asleep under the stars to the river’s gentle rhythm. You’ll awaken the next morning to a hearty breakfast before beginning the next leg of your rafting adventure.

    Discover your passion for adventure and leave the world behind as you share this unique bond with your family, friends or group. The pressures of reality escape as time slows down long enough for you to totally unplug, disconnect and savor the experience. These packages remain affordable and offer real value for the experience. Custom trips are also available upon request.

    Package Rates & Options

    MULTI-DAY RAFTING TRIPS Start days Price Book Now
    2-Day Upper/Upper New River
    Minimum age 6
    Anyday $285 Book Now
    2-Day Upper/Lower New River
    Minimum age 12
    Anyday $285 Book Now
    2-Day Lower Gauley/ Upper Gauley River*
    Minumum age 16
    Anyday $420 Book Now
    2-Day Upper/Lower Gauley River*
    Minimum age 16
    Anyday $375 Book Now
    2-Day Upper/Upper Gauley River*
    Minimum age 16
    Anyday $425 Book Now

    * Previous rafting experience recommended. 8 rafters required.

    2022 Fall Gauley River Release Dates (tentative):

    • September: 9, 10, 11, 12; 16, 17, 18, 19; 23, 24, 25, 26; 30
    • October: 1, 2, 3; 7, 8, 9, 10; 15 (Bridge Day) & 16 (Last Day)
  • Multi-Day Rafting Trips

    These premium Multi-Day Packages combine two days of river adventures with three nights of basecamp lodging. So after an exciting day on the river you can take a hot shower, have a cold beverage, check out your rafting photos and watch the video of your day’s adventure. Best of all you can take a dip in the pool or relax in the hot tub before dinner. Later, browse in the Outfitters Store before heading to the Red Dog River Saloon & Grill™ for camaraderie among friends. Continental breakfast is available each morning, as well as complimentary beverages after rafting.

    These packages feature two exciting days of rafting, plus all the comfort and convenience of our spacious basecamp for those who still want to stay connected with the outside world. Get the most value from your vacation budget with our multi-day trips.

    Package Rates & Options

    MULTI-DAY RAFTING TRIPS Start days Price
    2-Day Upper/ Lower New River
    Minimum age 12
    Anyday $255 Book Now
    2-Day Lower / Lower New River
    Minimum age 12
    Anyday $305 Book Now
    Dueling Rivers
    2-Day Lower New/ Summer Gauley
    Minimum age 12, 8 rafters required
    Anyday $295 Book Now
    2-Day Lower Gauley/ Upper Gauley*
    Minimum age 16
    Anyday $325 Book Now
    2-Day Upper/ Upper Gauley*
    Minimum age 16
    Anyday $350 Book Now

    * Previous rafting experience recommended.

    2022 Fall Gauley River Release Dates (tentative):

    • September: 9, 10, 11, 12; 16, 17, 18, 19; 23, 24, 25, 26; 30
    • October: 1, 2, 3; 7, 8, 9, 10; 15 (Bridge Day) & 16 (Last Day)
  • Upper/Lower New River Basecamp

    Family adventure trips combine the fun and excitement of being on the river two days with the best whitewater available on these two sections of river. This trip features rafting on the magnificent Upper New River, a playful and mild section of the New River Canyon. Here you can use our inflatable kayaks, called ‘duckies’, for even more fun on the water. After a great day on the river, head back to our basecamp for a hot shower and dinner.  The next morning you’ll take on the might Lower New River for the second day. This is the ultimate family bonding trip – perfect for families with children ages 12 and up.

    2 Day Basecamp Packages Include:

    • 2 Days Rafting
    • 3 Nights Basecamp Camping
    • Lite Breakfast Daily
    • Round-Trip River Shuttle
    • Delicious Riverside Deli Lunch on the River Each Day
    • Complimentary Beverages after Rafting Each Day
    • Hot Showers
    • Deluxe Dinner after Rafting

    Package Rates & Options

    Rafting Package Fri – Sun Mon – Thu
    Camping Package
    $255 $255
  • Upper/Upper New River Overnight Riverside

    Family Overnight trips combine the fun and excitement of being on the river two days with the incredible experience of camping out along the riverbank underneath the stars. This trip features rafting on the magnificent Upper New River, a playful and mild section of the New River Canyon. Here you can use our inflatable kayaks, called ‘duckies’, for even more fun on the water. After a great day on the river, pull over and relax while dinner is being prepared by your guide. After dinner, gather around the cozy campfire for a sing-a-long and a marshmallow roast. The next morning you’ll enjoy a delicious hearty breakfast before taking on another section of the Upper New River for the second day. This is the ultimate family bonding trip – perfect for families with children ages 6 and up.

    Riverside Overnight Packages Include:

      • 2 Days Rafting
      • 1 Night Riverside Camping, 2 Nights Basecamp Camping
      • Lite Breakfast each Morning at Basecamp, 1 Hot Breakfast Riverside
      • Round-Trip River Shuttle
      • Delicious Riverside Deli Lunch on the River Each Day
      • Complimentary Beverages after Rafting Each Day
      • Hot Showers at Basecamp
      • Deluxe Dinner Cookout after Rafting First Day
      • Minimum of 8 People Required

    Package Rates & Options

    Rafting Package Fri – Sun Mon – Thu
    Riverside Camping
    $285 $285
  • Lower/Upper Gauley River Reverse (Basecamp)

    This premium trip includes two full days of rafting on the Gauley River. Day one you’ll be on the adventurous Lower Gauley section and the intense Upper Gauley on day two. After the first day, you’ll return to camp at River Expeditions basecamp overnight where you can enjoy hot showers, the comfort of our resturant and the Red Dog River Saloon & Grill.  Get a good night’s sleep before heading out for day two – the Upper Gauley River.  Make the most of all the Gauley River offers on this premium two-day rafting expedition.

    Lower / Upper Gauley River Reverse Basecamp Packages Include:

    • 2 Days Rafting
    • 3 Nights Basecamp Camping
    • Lite Breakfast each Morning at Basecamp
    • Round-Trip River Shuttle Daily
    • Delicious Riverside Deli Lunch on the River Each Day
    • Complimentary Beverages after Rafting Each Day
    • Hot Showers
    • Deluxe Dinner Cookout after Rafting First Day

    2022 Fall Gauley River Release Dates (tentative):

    • September: 9, 10, 11, 12; 16, 17, 18, 19; 23, 24, 25, 26; 30
    • October: 1, 2, 3; 7, 8, 9, 10; 15 (Bridge Day) & 16 (Last Day)

    Package Rates & Options

    Rafting Package Fri – Sat Sat – Sun Sun – Mon
    Basecamp Camping
    $325 $325 $325

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  • Double Upper Gauley Overnight (Riverside)

    This package includes rafting the top river segment in the country – the famed Upper Gauley River twice in two days! After the first day, you’ll set up camp at our exclusive riverside overnight location and enjoy a cold beverage and a cozy fire. Your guide will prepare a delicious dinner over an open flame that you’re sure to devour after working up an appetite paddling all day. After dinner you can relive the day’s adventures around the campfire before falling asleep underneath the stars. The next day you will enjoy a hearty riverside breakfast before rafting the Upper Gauley again on day two. This is a premium wilderness adventure package. This trip requires excellent physical condition, stamina and previous rafting experience is recommended.

    Riverside Overnight Packages Include:

    • 2 Days Rafting
    • 1 Night Riverside Camping, 2 Nights Basecamp Campingl
    • Lite Breakfast each Morning at Basecamp, 1 Hot Breakfast Riverside
    • Round-Trip River Shuttle
    • Delicious Riverside Deli Lunch on the River Each Day
    • Complimentary Beverages after Rafting Each Day
    • Hot Showers
    • Deluxe Dinner Cookout after Rafting First Day

    2022 Fall Gauley River Release Dates (tentative):

    • September: 9, 10, 11, 12; 16, 17, 18, 19; 23, 24, 25, 26; 30
    • October: 1, 2, 3; 7, 8, 9, 10; 15 (Bridge Day) & 16 (Last Day)

    Package Rates & Options

    Rafting Package Fri – Sat Sat – Sun Sun – Mon
    2-Day Upper Gauley Rafting + Riverside Camping
    Minimum 8 people required
    $425 $425 $425

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  • Lower/Upper Gauley River Reverse (Riverside)

    This premium trip includes two full days of rafting – warm up the first day on the Lower Gauley and then challenge the Upper Gauley on day two. After the first day, you’ll set up camp riverside and relax with a beverage before dinner is served. Make memories with friends around the campfire after sharing a delicious meal, prepared by your guide-turned-gourmet-chef. Fall asleep under the stars to the river’s gentle rhythms and wake refreshed before having a hearty riverside breakfast and setting out for day two and the Upper Gauley River. After rafting on day two, you can camp overnight at River Expeditions basecamp and enjoy another lite breakfast before heading home. This is a great way to enjoy all the Gauley River offers.

    Raft the Lower Gauley on day one, then take on the world-famous Upper Gauley River!

    Riverside Overnight Packages Include:

    • 2 Days Rafting
    • 1 Night Riverside Camping, 2 Nights Basecamp Camping
    • Lite Breakfast each Morning at Basecamp, 1 Hot Breakfast Riverside
    • Round-Trip River Shuttle
    • Delicious Riverside Deli Lunch on the River Each Day
    • Complimentary Beverages after Rafting Each Day
    • Hot Showers
    • Deluxe Dinner Cookout after Rafting First Day

    2022 Fall Gauley River Release Dates (tentative):

    • September: 9, 10, 11, 12; 16, 17, 18, 19; 23, 24, 25, 26; 30
    • October: 1, 2, 3; 7, 8, 9, 10; 15 (Bridge Day) & 16 (Last Day)

    Package Rates & Options

    Rafting Package Fri – Sat Sat – Sun Sun – Mon
    2-Days Rafting + Riverside Camping
    Minimum of 8 Rafters Required
    $420 $420 $420

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  • Double Upper Gauley Overnight (Basecamp)

    This package includes rafting the top river segment in the country – the famed Upper Gauley River – two days in a row! After the first day, you’ll return to camp at our comfortable basecamp where you can enjoy hot showers and relax in the hot tub.  Dinner is served in our restaurant then relive tales from your trip as you watch your video in The Red Dog River Saloon.  Get a good night’s sleep before heading out to do the Upper Gauley again on day two of your adventure.  This trip requires excellent physical condition, stamina and previous rafting experience is recommended.

    Rafting and Basecamp Camping Packages Include:

    • 2 Days Rafting
    • 3 Nights camping
    • Lite Breakfast each Morning
    • Round-Trip River Shuttle
    • Delicious Riverside Deli Lunch
    • Complimentary Beverages after Rafting
    • Hot Showers
    • Deluxe Dinner Cookout after Rafting first day

    2022 Fall Gauley River Release Dates (tentative):

    • September: 9, 10, 11, 12; 16, 17, 18, 19; 23, 24, 25, 26; 30
    • October: 1, 2, 3; 7, 8, 9, 10; 15 (Bridge Day) & 16 (Last Day)

    Package Rates & Options

    Rafting Package Fri – Sat Sat – Sun Sun – Mon
    Basecamp Camping
    $350 $350 $350

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