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

Ohio State U. students gather for a group portrait after a rafting trip with River Expeditions

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Adventures on the Gorge celebrates 10 years as leading resort

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A paddler in an inflatable kayak challenges the Dries of the New River.

W.Va. tourism official: new rafting run spectacular (exclusive photos)

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Raftload on Gauley River, River Expeditions

Sign up for the West Virginia Explorer newsletter to win a raft trip

Sign up for the West Virginia Explorer newsletter by February 28, 2018, and be entered to win a whitewater rafting adventure trip for two in...
Wave-smacking on New River, Adventures on the Gorge

West Virginia river outfitters report gains in 2017

West Virginia river outfitters in 2017 recovered from two years of low numbers and posted statewide gains of 5,000 river visits, according to a...