West Virginia offers some of the best whitewater rafting found anywhere in the world. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing float down the New River or an adrenaline-packed expedition during Gauley Season, West Virginia is the place for you. From the New River Gorge to the Eastern Panhandle, West Virginia can take you from mild to wild and give you the adventure of a lifetime right here in Almost Heaven!


Begin your whitewater adventure at the New River Gorge. The New River is one of the oldest rivers in the world and has been a staple of whitewater rafting for 50 years now. There are plenty of options for lodging and rafting in the area – you can choose between places like ACE Adventure Resort, Adventures on the Gorge, and River Expeditions. You have the choice between several sections of the New River, and if you’re visiting during Gauley Season, you’ll have the option to raft the Gauley River, referred to by some as “The Beast of the East.” If you’re hungry, be sure to explore Fayetteville and swing by Secret Sandwich Society or Pies and Pints. For some incredible scenic views, visit Babcock State Park or Hawks Nest State Park – both just a short drive from Fayetteville!


Make your way to Audra State Park and visit Tygart River Outfitters! Most of the rivers that they run are Class I and II whitewater which is perfect for families with children. When you’re finished rafting, tour Audra State Park and then make your way to the nearby city of Elkins for dinner. Make sure to explore this historic city and stop by places like Henry G’s Café and El Gran Sabor. Visit Big Timber Brewing and try one of their many West Virginia-made craft beers!


Begin your final day in the historic town of Harpers Ferry! Make your way to River Riders Family Adventure Resort to begin your expedition on the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers. If you want to try something other than rafting, River Riders also offers kayaking and tubing. Spend the day on the river relaxing or exploring, and when you’re finished, be sure to explore the rich history of Harpers Ferry! Hike the scenic trails, visit the site of John Brown’s Raid, and try local favorites like the Potomac Grille and White Horse Tavern.

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