Whitewater rafting is a timeless tradition in the Mountain State. Exciting Class V rapids and peaceful paddling make it so everyone can get out on the water to enjoy Almost Heaven. 

New River Gorge

The New River Gorge area is home to the world-famous Gauley and New Rivers, and while the Gauley features exhilarating Class IV and V rapids, the New offers relaxing floats through a meandering river. You don’t have to be an expert to try this outdoor adventure though. Many outfitters in the area provide guided trips with rafts, paddles, helmets and lifejackets included (some even provide lunch!)

ACE Adventure Resort is located on 1,500 wooded acres adjacent to the New River Gorge National River. While it offers incredible whitewater trips, ACE Adventure Resort also boasts zipline tours, rock climbing, mountain biking, lodging & camping, plus a waterpark. 

Nearby Adventures on the Gorge combines industry expertise with a deep enthusiasm for adventure making it a vacation you want to experience. Here, try horseback riding, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, rock climbing, an adventure park and of course, whitewater rafting. 

River Expeditions, a family-owned and operated outfitter, has been guiding folks down the river since 1972. Take advantage of horseback riding, zipline tours, rock climbing, whitewater rafting and paintball on site. Or book a scenic float trip along a mellow section of the New River with one of the plethora of boutique outfitters in the area.

Whatever your skill level, a West Virginia rafting trip is sure to fill you with adrenaline and wonder as you wind through the mountains. 

Shenandoah Valley

The Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers converge to offer impressive rafting opportunities in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. Here you’ll find Class I-III rapids among the rich history of Harpers Ferry. This area is great for beginner and intermediate paddlers, as well as those seeking a thrill. 

River Riders not only offers rafting trips, but tubing, ziplining and an aerial adventure park with nine aerial forest challenge trails all varying in difficulty. If you’re up for an adventure, trying whitewater kayaking where you’ll get even closer to rapids. At the end of the day, rest up in one of their rental homes or pitch a tent at a waterfront campground. 

Cheat River

Located in the heart of Mountaineer Country and only an hour from Pittsburgh, the Cheat River is a popular whitewater rafting river in the spring because snowmelt produces highly technical rapids, and in the summer when rainfall is common. The Cheat Canyon is a perfect run for adrenaline junkies and offers 13 miles of whitewater adventure. The steep walled canyon is a unique backdrop in the mountains of Appalachia. 

Cheat River Outfitters has everything you need for your whitewater experience. Book a guided tour, complete with a riverside lunch, with your friends and family. Along with trips down the Cheat Canyon, they also offer tours of the Cheat Narrows, where you can expect clear water, giant boulders and beautiful scenery. 

No matter where you are in the state, whitewater experiences are nearby. Grab a raft and your friends and you’re bound to have a good time in Almost Heaven.