West Virginia Whitewater Rafting—the Gauley Marathon and Dining
So you think the journey is the adventure, huh? Boy, have we got a trip for you.
For a test of endurance and skill, both mental and physical, try the Gauley River Marathon. This is the Ironman of whitewater rafting—26 miles of whitewater with more than 100 rapids. 53 of those rapids are rated class III or above. That’s not a typo. FIFTY-THREE.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to raft the entire commercial Gauley River in a single day. This run is considered the most challenging in West Virginia. Think you can handle it? If so, drop that chocolate bar and get in shape! This trip is definitely not recommended for people who have never rafted before, nor for weak swimmers, nor for people who tend to whine a lot.
Sleep soundly after this one. You’ll dream about rafting for the next month.
Prices are per person and do not include tax and fees. Prices vary by day of the week and number in party.
TRIP LENGTHFull Day
Items in This Getaway:
Gauley River Marathon
The complete Gauley River is 26 miles and 100 rapids of intense whitewater rafting excitement. 53 of them are rated class III or above! If you’re up for the ultimate challenge, you can experience the thrill of the entire trip.
What is a “Getaway?”
Adventures on the Gorge Getaways are easy-plan mini-vacation packages designed to get you doing the things you want to do at a discounted rate and with minimal fuss. We’ve pre-built these trips for you, so that all you have to do is pick your lodging and your meals.
Tell me more about the lodging options!
Whatever you like! If you’d prefer to camp under the stars, we have that available in two campgrounds—one more suited to families and one with more liberal quiet hours. If you like the idea of camping, but you don’t have the equipment for it, we have everything from platform tents to primitive bunk houses with nothing more than walls, a roof and electricity. We’ve got Mountain Cabins, too, which are a step up. They have private bathrooms, heat, AC and efficiency kitchenettes. Outback cabins are a little more swanky and have more amenities, and Deluxe Cabins—with 2, 3 or 4 bedrooms are even better with amenities such as wi-fi and hot tubs. Still not sufficient? Check out any of our luxury vacation homes, such as Paddle House, which sleeps up to 12 in high style and sits literally on the rim of the New River Gorge.