Upper New Overnight
2 Days and 1 Nights White Water Rafting on West Virginia's Upper New River
Long and adventurous!
What a fantastic way for your family—including children as young as 6—to take the journey of a lifetime. A river trip is unlike any other adventure, because it's so much more than simply going out to camp. You have beginning and a destination, and in between, you're just like the river explorers of old, who opened the first trade routes in the Appalachians. You're living the river life! Depending on the river level, we may be in 15-foot rafts or in 1 or 2-person duckies, which are inflatable kayaks—loads of fun!
This trip spends two magical days floating the scenic and historic Upper New River, which is wide and splashy, with gentle rapids and long wave trains. We'll camp overnight on a secluded beach alongside the river, where we'll treat you and your family to real Rivermen hospitality with comfy chairs, dry, cozy bedding and fantastic dinner and breakfast.
Prices are per person and do not include tax and fees. Prices vary by age.
TRIP LENGTH2 Days
SEASON(S)Fall, Spring, Summer
DISCOUNT(S)14 and under (Save $50)
Though you could technically call what we do on a secluded New River beach "roughing it," we go to great lengths to make sure you want for nothing. We prepare fantastic meals of all the great food you need to power your multi-day adventure and our equipment is state-of-the-art to keep you dry and cozy while you sleep, even in the worst possible weather.
What kind of river is the Upper New?
The Upper New River is West Virginia family whitewater at its best! The New River is a large volume river, which makes for huge rapids in the Lower Gorge. But up here, the valley is wide and the water is shallower as flows through long calm pools and easy rapids. Those rapids are formed by gradual gradients over rocky shoals, which create long stretches of fun waves and moving water, without all the huge, dangerous boulders of the Lower New. There’s plenty of floating and swimming to do in between the rapids, along with stops at Jump Rock and a huge gourmet deli-style riverside lunch and our campsites.
What does Rivermen provide?
We provide transportation to and from the river, all rafting equipment (helmet, life jacket, paddle & boat), professional guides in each raft, camping equipment, food and eating utensils. That's everything you need, except your private gear, medications, etc.
How much time do we spend on the water?
The total trip is 2 days from the time you leave base camp until you return. We spend most of both of them on the water, with the second day being a bit shorter.
How big are the boats?
Our standard rafts are 15 feet long and can comfortably seat 8-9 guests and a guide. It's possible that we'll be in duckies on the Upper New, however. A duckie is a 1 or 2-person inflatable kayak.
What else might we need?
You should bring any medication you need throughout the day, plus sunscreen, sun glasses and if the weather is a little nippy, a dry layer to put on after the trip. (Your guide will be able to put it into a dry bag.) If necessary, we also rent wetsuits and paddle jackets. Via our partnership with Whitewater Photography, we also sell photos of you in the rapids. Our video boaters also accompany most trips and we offer DVDs of your experience for an extra charge. To ensure you get a video, you can pre-order one with your reservation.
Check out our New River Overnight Checklist (PDF).