Rafting Guides & Outfitters

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Paddlers bank through a rapid in the New River Gorge. (Courtesy ACE Adventure Resort)

More than a dozen commercial outfitters are licensed to guide whitewater rafting expeditions in West Virginia. Some outfitters employ more than 100 guides during peak rafting seasons, and the largest outfitters guide more than 50,000 rafters annually. Many outfitters also outfit trips and guide biking, hiking, and hunting expeditions. Most operate base camps that may include restaurants and camping and lodging facilities.

Oak Hill, WV 25901
Phone: (304) 469-2651 or toll-free 888-223-7238

The 1,400-acre ACE Adventure Resort is an adventure vacation destination and a base camp for excellent whitewater rafting. Families with young children find the wooded adventure park ideal for vacations. The resort offers activities for kids as young as five, including a five-acre swimming lake. Trips:

Lansing, WV 25862
Phone: (304) 574-0704 or toll-free 866-658-5333

Adventures on the Gorge offers top-quality trips on the New and Gauley rivers. The company is known for setting the standard for innovation, quality, and excellence.  With upscale cabins, two restaurants and bars, and evening activities on the New River Gorge, Adventures can package your activities, meals, and lodging for ease and savings. Trips: 

Oak Hill, WV 25901
Phone: toll-free 800-463-9873

West Virginia’s best outfitter on the New & Gauley rivers has added a new zipline, a lodge with meeting space, a gift shop, a saloon, a massage studio, cabin rentals, an outdoor pool and hot tub, paintball, disc golf, and a host of other amenities. Adventures include climbing, biking, horseback, ATV tours, and fishing expeditions. Trips:

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Phone: (304) 535-2663 or toll-free 800-326-7238

Based in historic Harpers Ferry, River Riders has been a top-rated provider of family outdoor recreation in eastern West Virginia since 1979, leading outdoor adventures on the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers and in the surrounding Blue Ridge. River Riders is a drive of only an hour from the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., metro regions. Trips:

Glen Jean, WV 25846
Phone: toll free 800-292-0880

Small size and attention to detail have earned West Virginia Adventures recognition as one of the most personable of outfitters. They take the time to design each excursion to suit the skills and personalities of each party. Whether you’re shopping for a gentle float or a rafting adventure, you’ll find our legendary service unmatched.  Trips: 

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Whitewater Rafting in the New River Gorge

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