The New River
The East Coast’s big water run that built West Virginia's rafting industry is accessible and fun for most paddlers.
Depending on which section you choose, expect about 6 miles, more or less.
Destination Distance From Downtown
The New River is broken into two sections, the Upper and the Lower. The Upper section is great for families and has Class I and II rapids. The Lower New is geared more toward intermediates and has Class-IV rapids. During the spring—usually April and May—the water levels are very high and are appropriate for experienced paddlers only.
Time To Complete
Regardless of which section of the river you choose to run, expect about a 3-hour river trip at normal summer flows.
Spring, Summer, and Fall
Summer draws the most paddlers, and for good reason. The New River Gorge is scenic and beautiful, and typical summer water levels are accessible to most paddlers. More adventurous boaters will hit the New in the spring.