Upper New River

Whitewater Rafting for Families and Kids on West Virginia's Upper New River

Fun and splashy!

Looking for something the whole family can enjoy together, but worried that rafting may be a bit too adventurous for your youngest family members? Try our Upper New River rafting adventure! Duckie-ing the New River is one of the best West Virginia family vacations possible! The upstream New River is tranquil and yet introduces your family to a delightful taste of whitewater rafting.

The Upper New River trip takes you through exceptionally scenic canyons on relatively calm water with a few easy rapids and plenty of places for playing or just hanging out in the sun. We'll select the best section available, depending on the water level and other factors. This is an amazing opportunity for families with adventurous young ones. How young? Good question! Kids as young as 6 are invited along.

It's so much fun to paddle your own inflatable duckie! Your trip will include a single or double duckie for each person (or pair) in your group.

Prices are per person and do not include tax and fees. Prices vary by age, season and day of the week. Youth discounts apply to those 6-12 years old.

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Full Day






6-12 years old (Save 50% off peak)


$74.50 - $149

"Duckies" are inflatable, one or two-person rafts shaped like kayaks. Our duckies are self-bailing, which means water that splashes in will drain out on its own. They are stable, easy to maneuver and most of all, a blast! You'll get to experience a more personal whitewater rafting challenge and have the experience of a lifetime. Don't want to duckie? Just let your reservationist know. We'll schedule you for a standard raft instead.

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.

What does Rivermen provide?
We provide transportation to and from the river, all rafting equipment (helmet, life jacket, paddle & boat), professional guides to get you down the river, a gourmet deli-style lunch and a complimentary beverage after the trip.

How much time do we spend on the water?
The total trip is 5-7 hours from the time you leave base camp until you return.We spend 4-6 of them on the water.

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.) 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.