Find the Best White Water Rafting in West Virginia

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Beckley thrill-seekers know nothing beats the thrill of West Virginia white water rafting. Gorgeous scenery and a variety of rapids make West Virginia white water rafting some of the most exciting in the country. But, where is the best white water rafting in West Virginia? We explore some of the top routes for everyone from newbies to veteran rafters!

Where to White Water Raft in West Virginia

  • Upper New River: For those new to the sport, the upper New River offers a great introduction. Geologically one of the oldest rivers in the world, the upper portion of New River consists of long pools and lighter rapids that top out at Class III.
  • Lower New River: Popular with intermediate rafters, the lower section of New River offers a mix of Class IV rapids broken up by long pools of calm water. Rafters will find this deeper portion of the river even more adventurous in spring when snowmelt and rain increase the river’s volume and the size of the waves.
  • Upper Gauley: Ranked as one of the top five rivers to raft in the world, the upper Gauley channels the most extreme of West Virginia white water rafting. Only for the experienced, this 13-mile route boasts solid Class IV and Class V rapids with drops up to 335 ft. Rafters will love the challenge and heart-pounding excitement of the “Big Five,” a series of steep, voluminous Class V rapids careening between large boulders. The rapids only get more potent during “Gauley season” when water from the Summersville Dam is released into the river.
  • Lower Gauley: While not quite as intense as the upper Gauley, the lower Gauley still delivers pulse-pounding excitement for adrenaline junkies. Over this 17-mile stretch of river, 70 rapids ranging from Class III to Class V can be found. This provides intermediate rafters with extreme thrills as well as time to catch their breath and enjoy the view.

Get Outdoors With Mercedes-Benz of Charleston

Now that you know where to white water raft in West Virginia, let Mercedes-Benz of Charleston introduce you to more of the fun and excitement our state offers. Whether you’re looking for more outdoor activities in Charleston or other things to do in West Virginia, we look forward to being your guide. Get in touch with us today!

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Phone: (304) 746-0500

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Phone: (304) 746-0500

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Charleston, WV, 25309 United States
(304) 746-0500
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