Extreme Whitewater Rafting Trips

Written by Amy Hall
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Extreme whitewater rafting trips are certainly not for the faint at heart. If you thrive on that heart pounding, adrenaline rush you only get when you push the limits, than you will love whitewater rafting adventures in West Virginia. The New and Gauley Rivers offer some of the most exceptional river rafting you will find in North America.

The Gauley River runs about 26 miles, and the New River runs 52 miles, so you pretty much have your pick when it comes to extreme whitewater rafting trips. If you are craving some world-class rapids and powerful waves, extreme whitewater rafting is going to fit the bill. There is one prerequisite however; you must be able to swim to participate in extreme whitewater rafting trips!

Wild and Extreme Whitewater Rafting Trips

Due to the elevated risk factor associated with extreme rafting, you must be a minimum of 18 years old to take part, and you should be in good physical shape. Of course you will be wearing life preservers, but it's also imperative that you know how to swim before you take the plunge into extreme river rafting. It's always a good idea to consult with the rafting facilities prior to booking a reservation what regulations they have in place for this extreme water sport.

You can also check out some of the trips offered on the Gauley and New Rivers by doing a search online. There are some very informative websites that give detailed information about whitewater rafting, weather conditions, rates, lodging, and more. If you book a white water rafting trip in West Virginia, chances are you'll be back again next year.


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