If you’re seeking thrill and excitement, you’ve come to the right place. The Mountain State is rich with rapids and adventure around every bend. For Class IV and V rapids, look no further than the New and Gauley rivers. During the summer months, the lower New River is the perfect place to beat the heat and get your fair share of adrenaline. Several local outfitters offer packages perfect for an action-packed day of river running. And don’t forget that the end of summer in West Virginia doesn’t mark the end of our state’s season for outdoor adventure. Beginning the weekend after Labor Day, the Summersville Lake is partially drained into the Gauley River – creating world-class rapids that attract rafters from around the world. This annual occurrence is referred to as “Gauley Season,” and is one of the most sought-after events on the East Coast. Area outfitters, such as ACE Adventure Resort, Adventures on the Gorge, and River Expeditions all offer packages for Gauley Season. These packages are only offered Sept.-Oct. so don’t miss your chance to raft down what many consider “The Beast of the East.”