Lower New Riverfest

New River Gorge, West Virginia Whitewater Rafting, and Dining

The Lower New River is the trip that built the West Virginia whitewater industry, especially in the warm southeastern summer months.

More than 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!

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




Full Day




Fall, Spring, Summer


$139 - $179

Items in This Getaway:

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.