New River Whitewater Rafting

Written by Serena Berger
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New River whitewater rafting is some of the most beautiful and enjoyable rapids in West Virginia. New River whitewater rafting offers something for almost everyone because there is great variance in difficulty depending on the exact location on the river and the time of year. A family with young children can enjoy gentle rapids on a lazy weekend afternoon, or a group can tackle more challenging whitewater as a team-building exercise.

The Upper New River is characterized by some of the most easy-going rapids in the whole state. Class I whitewater on a stretch of river that averages a drop of only eight feet per mile is manageable for almost anyone. The Upper New also offers Class II and III rapids which can be navigated by people without a lot of experience or an intense workout regimen.

More Intense New River Whitewater Rafting

While people who just want to enjoy the warm water and beautiful scenery may opt for Upper New River whitewater rafting, many choose to explore the Lower New as well. The Lower New changes a lot with the seasons, making it a lovely place to revisit. In the summer, the Lower New is of comparable difficulty with the Upper New, but in the spring it is much more intense.

In fact, in the spring, the Lower New offers some of the largest volume of water in North America. Difficulty can reach Class V, which is still slightly less extreme than the Class V+ rapids on the nearby Upper Gauley River, but nevertheless suitably thrilling for most rafting enthusiasts. If you are lucky enough to live near the New River, you can start rafting on the easiest rapids on the Upper New and move down the river as you become a stronger and more confident rafter.


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