Rafting on the Upper New River Gorge in West Virginia

Upper New River is ideal for beginners, experienced rafters & families looking for easy class I to III rapids, excellent scenery, eagles, hawks, and old ghost towns are common sights. Established in 1977, New & Gauley River Adventures has introduced adventure thrill seekers  to  incredible times on and off the river.  Let’s talk more about rafting with the company on the Upper New River in West Virginia.

Adventure and History on the Upper New River

Keep in mind that although rafting on the Upper New River in West Virginia can be a chill experience, this section is ideal for ages 5 and up, great for beginners. Families, and those looking for great scenery and milder rapids from Class I to III. Many folks of all skill levels, whether it’s their first time rafting or they’ve lost count, can enjoy the experience.

The trip takes place March through October, on river time around 5 hours, giving you ample time to enjoy the scenery, fresh air. and wild life Half-day and full-day trips are available 7 days a week. This fascinating river is estimated to be approximately 65 million years old, and some rocks you might see along the way can date back 330 million years. 

Lunch is provided for full-day trips. Make sure to bring sunscreen, swimwear, sandals or river shoes that have a heel strap. You may also want to bring a change of clothes to put on once the trip is over at base camp. 

Rafting Adventures on the Upper New River

Contact New & Gauley River Adventures when you’re ready to explore the Upper New River. Whether you’re coming for half a day or staying longer, we can help you plan your trip and answer any questions you have about the experience. To learn more about who’ll be guiding your tour, staff bios are available on the website.

Season Class Experience Age
All Year I-III None Required 5 and up



Upper New Full Day (Class 1 thru 3) Full day trip

Average trip time is 4 to 6 hours depending on water levels.

Weekdays Monday’s and  Friday’s  $99.00 pp Adults/Kids this rate is all season.
Weekdays Tuesdays thru Thursdays $94.000 pp Adults/Kids this rate is all season.
Weekends Saturdays/Sundays $125.00 pp Adults.  Kids 12 and under are $62.50 pp.

Upper New River Express: Half day trip

Average trip time is 1 to 3 hours depending on water levels.

Saturday/Sundays – $89 pp Adults
Monday thru Fridays – $75 pp Adults
Kids 12 and Under $60.00 pp

A Window Into The World of Kayaking

There’s a certain confidence that comes from knowing you are with riding in a raft with a trusted professional guide, helping you navigate the challenges that await downstream. Yet, there might be an even greater pleasure when that control and decision-making suddenly falls squarely on your shoulders (Never mind the professional guide still there pointing you where to go).

Enter the world of duckies. Ducky trips, or inflatable kayaks, are an excellent introduction into the sport of whitewater kayaking. Experience every stroke and splash as you work your way through Class I-III rapids set within the backdrop of the beautiful New River Gorge. Relax in the pools and paddle hard in the whitewater; this trip is a blast.


Season Class Experience Age
All Year I-III+ None Required 10 yr


Upper New Full Day Trips
Weekdays Monday thru Friday $89.00 pp adults/kids this rate is all season.
Saturdays/Sundays $120 pp Adults
Saturdays/Sundays $60.00 pp Kids 12 and under

Upper New River Express – Adults
Saturday/Sundays – $89 pp Adults
Monday thru Fridays – $75 pp Adults
Youth 12 and Under $55

We had such a great time on our trip! Everyone was friendly and helpful!