Whitewater Rafting

Rafters plow through rapid on New River, Whitewater Rafting, ACE Adventure Resort

Rafters plow through a rapid in West Virginia

Rafting is perhaps the extreme sport popularly associated with West Virginia, though rafting adventures here need not been extreme. Many rafting rivers are suited to family-style rafting, and paddlers need little or no experience.  More than a dozen outfitters are licensed to guide rafting trips on West Virginia rivers.

Whitewater Rafting Rivers
Whitewater Rafting Vacations
Map showing whitewater rafting areas
Additional Rafting Information
Whitewater: Rafting v. Kayaking

The terms “rafting” and “paddling” and “whitewater” are sometimes applied inexactly, which can lead to some confusion. Rafting and kayaking are both paddling sports that can be enjoyed on whitewater. Rafting, however, is more often a commercial endeavor enjoyed by a group, and though it is a form of recreation, it is not so much a sport. Though many rivers and streams in West Virginia include whitewater and may be kayaked, only a few are wide enough to support watercraft is large as rafts, which may accommodate up to eight rafters.

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