The New River is an icon among the whitewater community. With rapids rated Class I-IV, the New River is perfect for both beginners and whitewater enthusiasts. Winding through the gorge to the New River Gorge Bridge, you don’t want to miss your chance to raft the New.
One of the world’s oldest rivers, the New River has the perfect mix of lazy pools and huge waves split into an “Upper New” and “Lower New” section. The Upper New has plenty of swimming spots and rapids up to Class III, making it perfect for first-timers and those looking for more of a fun float trip.
The Lower New is a level-up, good for those seeking crashing waves and challenging currents. Each rapid has a name and a story that our featured outfitter guides will teach you. But once you go through them, you’ll have plenty of rapid stories of your own.
Learn about how the New River rapids got their names
The New River is rafted by tens of thousands of people every summer. Rafters are guided through rapids rated class I – IV, and those rapids all have unique names. If you’ve rafted the New River many times you may know the names of the rapids by heart. But how much do you know about how those rapids got their names?…