River Expeditions now offers an abbreviated trip through the heart 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: $95
Saturday: $105

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

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Adventure Class

  • Intermediate – Exciting
  • Class III – V Rapids
  • No Experience Necessary
  • Minimum Age: 12

Short on time? Our Lower New River Express Trip is only 2 to 3 hours in duration and includes a guided rafting adventure, transportation and necessary rafting equipment. Hit the highlights of the New River Gorge on this alternative to the Full Day Trip. Unlike our Full Day Trip, the Lower New River Express Trip does not include continental breakfast, lunch, beverages after the trip, stopping at jump rock, swimmers rapid, surfing, 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 Adventure Class?

Adventure Class Trips (min. age 12) are more challenging than Family Class Trips. These rafting in West Virginia 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.