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
- Cheat River Rafting
- Gauley River Rafting
- New River Rafting
- North Branch Rafting
- Potomac River Rafting
- Shenandoah River Rafting
Whitewater Rafting Vacations
Map showing whitewater rafting areas
Additional Rafting Information
- Whitewater Rafting Safety
- Whitewater Responsibility Act
- International Scale of River Difficulty
- West Virginia Whitewater Regulations
- Coming Soon! West Virginia Rafting Magazine
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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