New River Rapid Run
Half Day Whitewater Rafting on West Virginia's Lower New River
Are you interested in whitewater rafting on the Lower New River, but don't want to spend all day out there? The New River Rapid Run was designed for those who enjoy the intensity of rafting the Lower New River, but in a shorter 3-3.5 hour format. The Lower New is the run that built the West Virginia whitewater industry, and this gets you out there to experience it during off-peak times for a less crowded trip with more room to play.
The Rapid Run is available in the morning or afternoon. Whether it's a quick whitewater rafting trip you crave while passing through West Virginia or if you want to make it part of your Rivermen all-inclusive family vacation at Adventures On the Gorge, Rivermen’s New River Rapid Run is just the quick-hit ticket.
Prices are per person and do not include tax and fees. Prices vary by day of the week.
No matter the season, the Rapid Run begins at Cunard, WV and runs 8 miles through 27 rapids up to class IV+. We know it's a quick hit you're after, but we still take out more than a mile downstream than everybody else, which adds two more major rapids to the mix. Heh, sorry about that!
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 Rivermen 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.