Whitewater Rafting

Rafters plow through rapid on New River, Whitewater Rafting, ACE Adventure Resort
Rafters plow through a rapid in West Virginia

Whitewater rafting is perhaps the extreme sport most popularly associated with West Virginia, though rafting adventures here need not been extreme and though many rivers in West Virginia outside the mountains are gentle. 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.

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Whitewater: Rafting v. Kayaking

The terms “rafting” and “paddling” and “whitewater” are sometimes applied inexactly, which can lead to confusion. Rafting and kayaking are both paddling sports 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 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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West Virginia Rafting News

Rafters pull into a Gauley River rapid, Gauley River National Recreation Area, Adventures on the Gorge

AOTG: discount for fall rafting on Gauley ends April 30

Whitewater rafters planning to run the Gauley River in autumn have until the end of April to take advantage of savings of up to...
Rafters plow through rapid on New River, ACE Adventure Resort

Bands to raft New River with premium ticket holders June 3

If you love music as much as whitewater rafting, now's your chance to purchase tickets for the three-day Mountain Music Festival at ACE Adventure...
Rafts gather beneath the New River Gorge Bridge

Full rafting comeback expected on New River following 2016 floods

The commercial whitewater-rafting season in the New River Gorge kicked off with high water and high hopes in March, and though water levels have...
Lisa DeBarr

Debarr wins whitewater trip through WVExplorer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Lisa Debarr, of Charleston, originally of Buckhannon, has won a guided whitewater rafting trip for two on the New River with...
Rafters plow through rapid on New River, ACE Adventure Resort

ACE launches first New River raft trip of 2014 Saturday

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. -- ACE Adventure Resort will launch the first New River whitewater rafting trip of its 2014 season at noon Saturday, according to...
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