Lower New River

Big Water and High Volume—White Water rafting on West Virginia's Lower New River, Spring through Fall

The Lower New River is the trip that built the West Virginia whitewater industry, especially in the warm southeastern Summer months. 40 years after the first Mountain River Tours raft put in at Thurmond, this is still our flagship run. It's got everything you could possibly want from whitewater rafting—stunning scenery, pounding whitewater, relaxing swim time between rapids and rich WV coal history lining the banks the entire way. This trip provides enough challenges to thrill even seasoned veterans, but is also excellent for first-timers. The Lower New River is 27 rapids long—more if the water level is high for the season—packed into 8 miles of adventure.

Summer weekends are the most popular time of year to raft the Lower New River and they fill up fast, so don't wait to book!

However, if you want the biggest wildest run possible on the New River, come in the Spring, when snow melt and seasonal rains swell the river to a pulse-pounding, wave-crashing deluge. While the New in the Summer is typically appropriate for most people, in the Spring you'de better bring your A game. It can be physically strenuous and emotionally intimidating. If you can't swim, don't do it. We reserve the right to make the age-limit higher depending on day-to-day water level. 

Prices are per person and do not include tax and fees. Prices vary by day of the week.

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Full Day




Fall, Spring, Summer


12 years old (Save $10)


$119 - $149

What kind of river is the Lower New?
The Lower New River is West Virginia whitewater rafting at its best! With a professional guide in every raft, instruction is provided at each major rapid as you float through the New River Gorge’s rapids rated Class I through V (on a scale of I to VI). The New River is a large volume river. The rapids are formed by the large shelf drops and boulders. These structures create monster waves, hydraulics and world class whitewater. In springtime, there may not be as much floating and leisurely swimming, since the river is typically moving so quickly. At this time of year, you can expect some of the biggest waves you'll ever see.

What does Adventures on the Gorge provide?
We provide transportation to and from the river, all rafting equipment (helmet, life jacket, paddle & boat), professional guides in each raft and a complimentary beverage after the trip. We do not serve lunch on the Rapid Run.

How much time do we spend on the water?
The total trip is 4-5 hours from the time you leave base camp until you return. We spend 3-4 of those hours on the water.

How big are the boats?
Our standard rafts are 15 feet long and can comfortably seat 8-9 guests and a guide. If you're looking for a wilder ride, though, you might want to upgrade to a smaller boat. We have 14-foot 6-person rafts and 12-foot high adventure 4-person rafts also available for an extra fee. We call them T6 and T4 rafts respectively. A T4 on the Lower New in springtime could be the best ride of your life.

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.) In springtime, bring synthetic layers for your time on the river, as well. 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.