Upper New Riverfest

New River Gorge, West Virginia Whitewater Rafting on the Upper New River, and Dining

Looking for a whole-weekend adventure the family can enjoy together, but worried that rafting may be a bit too adventurous for your youngest family members? The Upper New River may be just the ticket. Long calm pools punctuated by shoaly ripples characterize the Upper New.

We'll select the best section of the Upper New 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.

Most Upper-New boaters paddle inflatable 1 or 2-person kayaks called duckies. It's so much fun to paddle your own inflatable duckie, and your trip includes 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, day of the week and number in party.




Full Day




Fall, Spring, Summer


$104.50 - $179

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Upper New River

Upper New River

Looking for something the whole family can enjoy together, but worried that rafting may be a bit too adventurous for your youngest family members?

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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.