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Rafting West Virginia’s Gauley and New River
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West Virginia white water rafting trips on the Gauley River and New River are fun for all ages and abilities. West Virginia offers terrific choices for whitewater rafting from family rafting adventures on the Upper New River to the famous whitewater challenges of the Lower New River Gorge, Lower Gauley and Upper Gauley River sections.
The New River gorge in the New River Recreational and Gauley River Recraeational areas together form the eastern United States largest watershed that is federally protected.

Whitewater rafting on the Lower Gauley River
Whitewater rafting on the Lower Gauley River

There are, in the lush greenery of the Appalachian mountains, over two thousand miles of rivers and streams that flow outward, making it the absolute playground for those who love whitewater rafting.In the New River you will find rafting that is suitable for both the amateur and the more experienced rafter ranging from early spring til the late autumn and rapids that will give you from a class I to a class III on the upper portions, while the lower aspects of the new river gorge will give you some class V’s that will leave you gasping in awe of the sheer power of it.

The Gauley River is known the world over, being one of the top ten whitewater rafting sites in the world today.

Class III rapids on the Lower Gauley River in West Virginia
Class III rapids on the Lower Gauley River in West Virginia

The autumn release of the Summersville Dam makes high water flows that are up to 2800 Cubic feet per second with the Gauley river dropping down over the mountains as much as six hundred feet over the 26 mile run offering you steep dropoffs, major massive holes, huge powerful waves and some real challenges. It is more than technically demanding with over 100 major rapids which are primarily class III through class IV.

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