River Expeditions now offers an abbreviated trip through the Upper Section of the New River Gorge National Park, for time-sensitive or budget-conscious travelers.

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2-3 hours

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May - October

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Single Day Rates

Sunday-Friday: $85
Saturday: $95

*On May 26 and September 1 Holiday (Saturday) rates apply.*

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Beginner Class

  • Beginner – Easy
  • Class I – III Rapids
  • No Experience Necessary
  • Minimum Age: 6

Short on time? Our Upper New River Express Trip is only 2 to 3 hours in duration and includes a guided rafting adventure, transportation and all necessary rafting equipment. Hit the highlights of the Upper New River Canyon on this alternative to the Full Day Trip. Unlike our Full Day Trip, the Upper New River Express Trip does not include continental breakfast, lunch, beverages after the trip, stopping along the way, the use of duckies (inflatable kayaks), history/nature interpretation, etc.

Convenient morning and afternoon departure times are available; based on availability; reservations required. Since this is a short river trip, there’s time to add a Zipline Adventure on the same day. Cabins and Camping are also available on site at River Expeditions.

Trip Details

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Trip Length: 2-3 hours

This fully guided expedition includes all necessary river equipment, as well as round trip shuttle transportation from River Expeditions’ basecamp.  Although this trip is 2-3 hours in duration, it is often referred to as a “half-day” trip.  Guests love that there are two convenient departure times – morning and afternoon.

What is Beginner Class?

Family Class Trips (min. age 6) are a playful introduction to river rafting in West Virginia. 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.