The industry that helped popularize the Mountain State as an outdoor-recreation destination hasn't existed that long, says Heather Johnson, and the anniversary of its first whitewater rafting trip is cause for celebration.
"Though West Virginia may seem synonymous with rafting, the first raft challenged the rapids of the New River only 50 years ago," Johnson said.
"We're grateful to the pioneers of our industry who pursued their passion and their desire to share the experience back in 1968. The whitewater industry has certainly evolved over the years, but the river is unchanged."
On June 20 — West Virginia Day — River Expeditions will observe the milestone occasion by offering its Express New River Gorge Rafting Trip for only $50 — with morning and afternoon departures available, Johnson said.
Rafters who take part in the offer are welcome to enjoy all the amenities River Expeditions offers at its 100-acre resort, which includes zipline tours, rock climbing, mountain biking, and a paintball field.
And overnight guests have access to the Fire Creek Lodge with complimentary Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast, and exclusive use of its outdoor pool and hot tub. Drink specials will also be made available to participants afterward at the Red Dog River Saloon & Grill.
A fourth consecutive night's lodging spent at the resort is free, Johnson said.
Located near Fayetteville, the resort also includes a dining hall, outfitters shop, and meeting facilities as well as the lodge, saloon, and grill, and guests are welcome to stay in their choice of campgrounds as well as dozens of rustic and deluxe cabins.
For more information on rafting packages for general information about River Expeditions, call 800-463-9873 or visit their website.