Have you ever taken your family rafting? If not, then like most parents, you may have a slew of great questions and concerns about this marvelous, total nature-immersion sport. Or, maybe you've done a few rivers with your older kids and now you are looking for a more exciting river experience.
Your Family’s Introduction to Whitewater
Easy class 1-2 rapids. Helmets required in the rapids- we tend to take them off while floating in the pools between rapids. Playful waves, big wide friendly river. Paddle rafts, oar rafts, and inflatable kayaks (aka duckies) are all the boats available. Kids ages 8 and up can paddle their own ducky with a parent as co-pilot. Kids ages 10 and up can comfortably paddle solo in their own ducky.
All the giggly fun of Upper New River ripples with more than a dash of history, as we stopp in a few select abandoned mining towns and learn about the rich cultural history of the New River Gorge, coal from which powered the nation through the Industrial Revolution and both World Wars.
All the fun of the Lower New River (with rapids up to class III/IV), but in a much shorter format. This trip begins under the New River Gorge Bridge and runs only a couple miles to our take out below the Canyon Rim Campus. It's perfect for families with only a couple hours to spend on the water!
This is also known as the New River Gorge. It's steeper, bigger, and more exciting than the Upper New. Helmets are required, guides are in every raft and both paddle rafts and oar rafts are available. Spring is BIG water, summer and fall calm down a notch. For first-time families with kids 12 or older, come in summer or fall.
This is the same river section as above, but all rafts are outfitted with oar rigs to give the guide more control. We also only pic conservative lines through the rapids during typically lower summer flows. Minimum age, 8.