Kids Raft Free

Rushing rapids. Sunny skies. Family adventure on one of the oldest rivers in the world. A thrilling day of exploration is waiting for you at the nation’s newest national park.

Did you know that kids can raft for free on the New River?

As summer break approaches, you’re likely searching for your family’s next vacation destination. You’re just in luck. Home to awe-inspiring beauty and an abundance of outdoor recreation, the New River Gorge National Park awaits you.

ACE Adventure Resort and Adventures on the Gorge will make your trip to West Virginia even more exciting with an unbeatable deal.

Every Sunday to Friday aside from holidays, children ages 6-11 can whitewater raft for FREE on the Upper New River Gorge.

Plan Your Family Rafting Getaway

The nation’s newest national park is one of the most popular whitewater rafting destinations in the country. Taking the kiddos out to explore these exciting rapids is the perfect way to get outside and spend time with the whole family—all while being surrounded by the beauty of Almost Heaven.

Rafting the Upper New River combines both family fun and thrilling adventure—offering an unforgettable experience for you and your child. Catch the speed of Class II and III rapids in a guide-led raft or in a two-person inflatable kayak.

Take a break and swim in the flatwater pools between the rapids, launch yourself off Jump Rock as you enjoy lunch on a sandy riverside beach.

Meet The Outfitters

ACE Adventure Resort is nestled within the New River Gorge National Park & Preserve. In addition to spectacular whitewater rafting trips, ACE Adventure Resort offers ziplining, rock climbing, mountain biking, comfy lodging and camping accommodations, and to top it all off, an exciting waterpark.

Resting on the brim of the New River Gorge National Park & Preserve, Adventures on the Gorge offers thrilling whitewater rafting in addition to horseback riding, kayaking, standup paddle-boarding, rock climbing and an adventure park. In addition to a plethora of outdoor activities, AOTG also offers cozy accommodations for overnight trips.


Not sure what to bring along on your trip? The items you’ll need for whitewater rafting trips differ depending on the weather, time of the season, and where you go. It is always a great idea to talk with whom you go with or local guides, but here is some basic equipment you’ll need to bring on your trip. Once you get all this together, you’ll be ready to hit the road!

  • Bathing suit or water-friendly clothes
  • Shoes that have a heel strap
  • Dry clothes for an outfit change
  • Water
  • A rain jacket for a rainy day
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent

Get to Know the New River Gorge Area

Southern West Virginia is home to the New River Gorge National Park & Preserve. From exhilarating outdoor recreation opportunities to historic railroad towns, this region offers peak excitement and the experience of a lifetime. This corner of Almost Heaven certainly has something to offer every adventurer.

At the New River Gorge, exploration of all kinds is encouraged. Around every bend of the river or curve in a trail, there’s a new adventure. Explorers can take in scenic vistas from the end of a hike through the woods or reach new heights while scaling sandstone cliffs. This area also boasts unique, Appalachian-inspired flavor and a friendly atmosphere.

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