Whitewater Rafting in West Virginia - This is an exciting adventure for those new to rafting or the most seasoned rafters. The two most popular rivers which are in very close proximity to each other are the New River and the Gauley River.
The New River is the second oldest river in the world. It flows from South to North often taken some steeper vertical drops, it is in the center of the New River Gorge and is lined with coal mines and ghost towns. Tons of history along the ride. The Upper New is great for family vacations or the more timid rafters, it can be used as a warm up for the other rivers. The Lower New runs all spring and summer. It has rapids from Class I-IV and is very exciting and a lot of fun.
The Gauley is a world class rafting river. Beginners should start on the Lower before going to the Upper. Rapids range from class II through V (ClassVI not being passable) It runs for six weeks in September and October and is a Dam release river from Summersville lake lowering to winter pool. I enjoyed rafting so much I became a guide. There are many companies and all are reputable and are structured under WV state laws for safety. If your interested in more details please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Virginia is often overlooked as a great vacation place for the outdoorsman...it's beauty and affordability need more recognition.