Whitewater Adventure is Perfect for All Ages in West Virginia

Picture this: You’re rushing down the New River with your closest friends. The cool, fresh water splashes across the smile that has been stuck on your face all morning. Everything feels perfect, and suddenly, the office reports you had been worrying about for the last month don’t matter. You’re focused on “the now,” and it’s more incredible than you ever imagined. Sounds amazing, right?

You can experience this right here in the Mountain State and turn that dream into an unbelievably rewarding reality. Whitewater rafting has been a staple of West Virginia for over 50 years. With a myriad of rivers featuring classes suited for any age, West Virginia is the place to go for your next river adventure! From mild to wild, we have you covered.

For some, the thought of whitewater rafting may be terrifying. Some of West Virginia’s older visitors may even think that it is too late for them to experience fun on the river. This could not be further from the truth! Many outfitters around the state like ACE Adventure Resort, Adventures on the Gorge, and River Expeditions offer beginner-level rafting that is fun for the whole family. If you aren’t necessarily an “adrenaline-junkie,” this is the trip for you. Need a little more inspiration? This summer, Hazel Amos, a 96 year old woman in British Columbia, is believed to have broken a world record as the oldest person to whitewater raft on a Class IV river! Hazel shows that you’re never too old to enjoy adventure, especially right here in Almost Heaven!

On the opposite end of the spectrum, many companies offer rafting trips for children as young as six! Outfitters around the state offer easy, guided, beginner-level tours that can acclimate visitors to the rapids and intricacies of West Virginia’s rivers. A popular beginner trip is on the upper New River! The trip features several swimming pools, beginner-level rapids, and several rocks for jumping into the river! Regardless of your age or skill-level, we guarantee you won’t regret visiting the Mountain State and discovering why rafters continue to congregate in wild, wonderful West Virginia year after year!

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This post was last updated on March 17, 2022