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Whitewater Rafting

FREE Whitewater Raft Upgrade!

Whitewater Rafting

It's time you know what a difference two feet and a few hundred pounds can make. For 2014, ACE guests have the option of upgrading to a 14-foot raft at 16-foot rates on most trips. Other outfitters charge $25 for downsizing to this sportier ride. We know it's the superior raft and want you to know, too! Take the upgrade!

  • Can not be used with the Mid-Week Special rate - discount is off regular rates
  • Our most popular option for team paddling, this smaller raft is lighter and more maneuverable for the ultimate high-adventure ride
  • With three cross-tubes and roomy seating, it accommodates 6-7 guests plus the guide
  • This boat option is offered on Class II-V(+) river sections
  • The guide provides direction while the paddlers (that’s you) furnish the horsepower – teamwork is critical
  • Minimum age 15
New River White Water Rafting

Whitewater Boat Options

When deciding on the intensity level of your river experience, the boat type and size have a big impact. Think of it like driving a sports car versus a mini-van. Both have advantages. It just depends on what you want to do. The boat options below will vary by river section, but the decriptions will give you a good idea of what to expect. Minimum age changes with each boat.

Team Paddling

 16' Raft (8+ Person Raft) Min Age: 12
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PADDLE Raft  - Team paddling

  • This is the standard raft size most outfitters use, it is the most stable raft we have and ideal for most water flows
  • With an extra two feet, this raft accommodates 8-9 guests plus the guide
  • Good option for larger groups that want to paddle together as a team or a nervous first timer
  • The goto raft for the Upper New River family Trip
  • Professional guide in every raft
  • Minimum age 12
Go from a 16' Raft to a 14' Raft for no extra charge on most trips - others charge extra!Free Raft Upgrade Promotion
 
 16' Oar Boat (6+ Person Raft) Min Age: 9
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NEW for 2014
OAR Boat – Enjoy the ride

  • With the addition of a frame and 10-foot oars, this raft accommodates up to 6 guests
  • Large oars give your guide more control, making it stable enough for younger children and older family members to join the adventure
  • With this raft option, you can choose to paddle or sit back to enjoy the ride
  • Professional guide in every raft
  • Minimum age 9 
 
 14' Raft (6+ Person Raft) Min Age: 15
 14-foot-whitewater-raft-image Paddle Raft - Team Paddling  
  • Our most popular option for team paddling, this smaller raft is lighter and more maneuverable for the ultimate high-adventure ride
  • With three cross-tubes and roomy seating, it accommodates 6-7 guests plus the guide
  • This boat option is offered on Class II-V(+) river sections
  • The guide provides direction while the paddlers (that’s you) furnish the horsepower – teamwork is critical
  • Minimum age 15
 
 12' Raft (4+ Person Raft) Min Age: 18
 12-foot-whitewater-raft-image  Paddle Raft - Team Paddling
  • If whitewater rafting is one of your top-ten favorite sports, then this action-packed raft may be for you with only two cross-tubes, it is light and super agile and fits 4-5 paddlers plus the guide
  • The smallest commercial raft allowed on the river, this raft makes even the smallest waves and holes a challenge
  • Strong swimming skills and experience in high-siding and bracing are recommended - you have a higher chance of swimming in this raft than the bigger boats
  • This boat option is offered on Class II-V(+) river sections
  • Professional guide in every raft leads the way while paddlers provide the “all forward”
  • Minimum age 18

Solo Paddling

 Single Ducky
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Single Ducky

  • Our most popular option on the Upper New, the ducky is a cross between an inflatable kayak and a canoe
  • Used in class I-III rapids, it sits close to the water’s surface, making the waves feel bigger
  • Easy to paddle in pools and extra stable in rapids, there’s no previous experience necessary
  • Great for those who want to paddle solo, especially teens and preteens who are ready for a little more freedom
  • A “mother ducky” leads the pack and provides instruction along the way
  • Minimum Age: 10
 
 Double Ducky
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  • Another great option for those who want the excitement of a ducky on the Upper New but have younger children who require the help of an adult (generally ages 6 to 9)
  • Longer than the solo ducky by 2 feet, it’s easy to navigate and super stable
  • Paddlers in these boats travel with the rest of the ducky pack - a “mother ducky” leads the way
  • Minimum age 6
 
 FunYAK
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  • The one-person inflatable kayak is a favorite for the Summer Gauley at lower water levels
  • Fast and highly responsive, these boats come with thigh-straps for even more control
  • Swimming skills and paddling experience a plus
  • Several guides, also paddling FunYAKs, direct the way and are positioned at more technical features to keep paddler on course
 

     ACE Adventure Resort has been the industry leader and innovator when it comes to outdoor adventures and it requires top of the line equipment and knowledge. We were the first outfitter with self-bailing rafts – we now have a full fleet of specially designed rafts. All of our boats are custom built, high-tech and self-bailing (meaning that water automatically runs out). The air-filled tubes that make up the raft are large and comfortable, providing a very stable platform for your adventure.

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A comprehensive whitewater rafting safety orientation video that will help you prepare for your whitewater adventure. Below you will find the video broken down into 9 smaller videos for quick referance.

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Part 1: Overview

0:58 seconds
A quick overview of the subjects covered in the main video.

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Part 2: What to Wear

1:54 minutes
A short and fun video showing you what to wear when going whitewater rafting.

PFD

Part 3: PFD (personal flotation device)

1:05 minutes
Learn how to properly fit the most important piece of equipment on the river, your PFD.

Helmets

Part 4: Helmets

1:01 minutes
Learn how to properly fit your helmet.

Your-Paddle

Part 5: Paddles

1:01 minutes
Learn how to properly paddle.

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Part 6: Rafts

2:00 minutes
Learn about the raft, how to properly sit in it and how to paddle together.

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Part 7: Swimming and Rescue

4:08 minutes
An important and informative video on how to swim in whitewater and how to rescue someone.

flips

Part 8: Flipped Rafts

1:08 minutes
Learn what to do if the raft flips over.

river-hazards

Part 9: River Hazards

2:37 minutes
Learn about some of the hazards you may face and what to do to help prevent them.

   

Gauley River Rafting: Everything You Need to Know.

Rafting the Gauley = Heavy Duty Fun.

It doesn't get any simpler. From peak releases during Gauley Season to challenging summer flows, the Gauley always delivers.

Gauley River Rafting

Upper Gauley

Big. Steep. Technical. Intense. Big. Why did we list big twice? The Upper Gauley is home to six rapids known as, well, the Big 6. Each one will quicken your pulse and make you whoop and holler. In between, don't sleep; there's plenty of whitewater to keep you on your toes.

Lower Gauley

For first-time rafters, the Lower Gauley is about as challenging as it gets. Long wave trains and big hits will put a grin on your face that just may be there permanently. Be prepared to dig in, but don't forget to take in the amazing views from the river.

Summer Gauley

Like solitude with your white water? The Summer Gauley has it in spades along with narrow chutes, steep drops and huge rocks. Take comfort, though. When you raft this legendary stretch of river, you raft with an experienced staff who've made the Summer Gauley their calling.

Gauley Overnights

Hard playing and serious relaxing are what Gauley River overnights are all about. There's plenty of rapids and plenty of food to go around. Get your Gauley on in the summer or fall and camp out at the coolest private overnight spots on the Gauley. You'll kick it around the fire, talking about the day's runs and what lies ahead.

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Gauley River Map

 

Additional Gauley Information

Rafting is only the tip of the the Gauley River's rich history. This water way has drawn men and women to its banks for more than 200 years, boasting enough diverse attractions to be designated a National Recreation Area by the United States government.

For history lovers, the Gauley story mirrors the story of the United States. The tale begins with the first West Virginia settlers in the 1770s. These pioneering European settlers braved the challenging terrain - and often-challenging relations with Native American residents who came before them.

Chapters followed on the Civil War and the timber, mine and railroad industries that continued well into the 20th century. The great civil works projects of the 1960s saw completion of the Summersville Dam near the Gauley's headwaters just before commercial rafting began on the New River. Though the Gauley River had been successfully run before the dam was built, it was the regulated flows that made commercial whitewater rafting possible.

Gauley River Today

The Gauley River's reputation these days is built on recreation. Between the Gauley River National Recreation Area, Summersville Lake and white water rafting, there is plenty to do.

The Gauley winds through three sections: the Upper, Middle and Lower, featuring different difficulty levels and amazing scenery. Many rafting outfitters offer trips from Spring to Fall, depending on local precipitation and water released by the Army Corps of Engineers from the Summersville Dam.

Gauley Season, a 22-day schedule of releases for white water enthusiasts in September and October, is the capstone to the rafting season in West Virginia. Each season, more than 60,000 paddlers take on world-famous rapids such as "Insignificant," "Pillow Rock" and "Sweet's Falls."

Beyond Rafting

Alongside the Gauley River, hikers, anglers and hunters enjoy the lush forest and abundant wildlife of the Monongahela National Forest. The area is home to many rare and threatened plants, such as Virginia spiraea. Along with rafting in the fall, you can also explore the brilliant foliage soaring along the New River Gorge through the crisp autumn air on a zip line or cruising down into the Gauley canyon on a guided mountain bike tour.

Wildlife watchers can find deer and even bear along the 26-mile corridor that stretches from the Summersville Dam to the where the Gauley and New rivers join to form the Kanawha River. Other animals that make their home in the area include 10 threatened species of mammals, birds, insects, fish and amphibians.

 

Western White Water Rafting

The Real Wild West

Exploring our National Parks and Wilderness Areas by River

By Lauren de Remer
Sponsored Article: This content was specially produced for ACE Adventure Resort by O.A.R.S. Whitewater Rafting, the West Coast leader in rafting, sea kayaking and multi-sport adventures.


Regardless of where you live and the scenery surrounding you, escaping to the wilds of the outdoors is alluring to many adventure travelers. It’s a way to explore a new recreational hobby, visit a landmark you’ve only read about in books, or simply to break away from the everyday grind. What better way to experience nature than to visit the pristine rivers of the Wild West? It’s a region that brings to light images of the high mountain ranges of Colorado and Wyoming, the rolling hills of wildflowers in California, redrock canyons in Utah and Arizona, and the lush coastal forests of Oregon. Rafting along the rivers of the West puts you in the heart of it all! A few of the most popular whitewater rafting trips in the Western U.S. include:

The Colorado River through the Grand Canyon

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Stretching 277 miles across northern Arizona, the Grand Canyon ranges in elevation from 2,400 feet to more than 7,000 feet above sea level. Although average daytime highs range from 80-120 degrees between April and November, the water temperature remains between 48 and 53 degrees year-round. Grand Canyon rafting trips typically take 4-18 days in length depending on the time of year and the section of canyon. Rafters may hike up a rocky hillside, visit a lush waterfall, swim in warm turquoise water at the confluence of the Little Colorado, marvel at the torrents of Lava Falls or Crystal Rapid, or relax at the Patio at Deer Creek. Through exploration and spending quality time there, most find the experience to be life changing and unparalleled in the world of travel experiences. People see more of nature in a two-week Grand Canyon rafting trip than most people see in their whole lives, it’s an adventure that reshapes a person from the inside out.

The Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho

Recognized for its Blue Ribbon trout fishing, the Middle Fork offers top-notch Idaho rafting, beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife and natural hot springs. This is the ultimate alpine river experience for anyone looking to have it all—fast moving rapids and comfortable beach campsites in a secluded wilderness setting between steep canyon walls rolling hills and lush forest. After chasing the sun around every bend and turn, the option to soak in a natural hot spring at the end of the day isn’t so bad either. You may spot elk, deer, black bear or even a mountain goat grazing along the shore. This is the kind of river that makes you want to keep your tent packed away each night in a dry bag so you can sleep under a picturesque, starry sky.

California’s Tuolumne River

At the end of May (or early June, depending on the season), snowmelt from the Sierra Nevada mountain range flows down into the Wild and Scenic Tuolumne River Canyon just outside of Yosemite National Park in northern California. This creates a world-class stretch of Class IV+ whitewater that is incomparable to any other stretch of whitewater in the state. Water flows on the Tuolumne can reach more than 10,000 cubic feet per second (that’s the equivalent of 10,000 basketballs passing by every second). Tuolumne River Rafting should be on every adrenaline buff’s to-do list. For the rest of the summer, the Tuolumne is recognized as the Champagne river of California whitewater rafting. Its steep, golden hills are forested with oak and pine and flanked by rocky terraces and sandy beaches—a natural habitat for wildlife. Tumbling creeks, waterfalls and glassy pools adorn the river corridor and its side canyons—perfect for hiking, fishing, and swimming during your off-river time. Offered seven months a year, a Tuolumne rafting trip works perfectly into a California vacation to San Francisco, Yosemite or Lake Tahoe.

The Wild and Scenic Rogue River in southern Oregon

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The Rogue offers some of the best rafting in the West mainly because of its scenery, wildlife and moderate whitewater. For the more adventurous, our inflatable kayaks provide an up-close and personal encounter with the rapids of the Rogue. It’s an ideal family rafting adventure that offers easy accessibility from nearby cities such as Portland and San Francisco. You may spot endangered turtles or river otters along the banks, bald eagles or even black bears grazing on the hillside. Water temperatures range from 58 – 70 degrees during the summer months, making swimming and beach games all the more inviting. Side hikes to waterslides and historic sites highlight a journey on the Rogue and in the fall, the river is a fishing hotspot. The Rogue is also a short drive from Mount Shasta, California’s Redwood State Park and Crater Lake National Park in Southern Oregon.

The Green River through the Gates of Lodore

The Green River in Dinosaur National Monument is another excellent family rafting trip. The river is located near Vernal, Utah on the Colorado border and offers redrock scenery comparable to the Grand Canyon. However, unlike the Colorado, the Green River has warm, friendly water to play in—ideal conditions for inflatable kayaks and spontaneous water fights. Most Green River rafting trips run about 4 days in length and offer a more affordable alternative to trips in the Grand Canyon. What many may also find surprising about this river is that even though it’s a desert climate, it’s a much more heavily forested canyon with emerald evergreen and cottonwood trees lining the banks. At the end of the day, an adventure on the Green River is much more than just rafting—explore ancient petroglyphs and old cattle rustler hideouts, enjoy savory feasts prepared by your guides and camp beneath a star-filled cowboy country sky.

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2014 Gauley Release Dates:

Gauley Water Levels:

All days are scheduled for normal fall water levels of between 2,800 to 3,200 cfs. These are ideal levels for world-class rafting on all sections of the Gauley. Water levels may vary due to weather conditions.


 
 

Gauley River Overnight Rafting Trips

TRIP OVERVIEW

Fall Overnight White Water Rafting Trips on the Gauley River

Amazing Campsites Next to an Amazing River. Here are the odds: Rafting the Gauley River on a single-day trip, 96% of guests wish they had booked the overnight. A lot of them come back and do it, but you don't have to miss out the first time around. Take two days and feast on:
  • Over 70 rapids
  • Hot food right off the grill for dinner
  • ACE's private Gauley River camp sites
  • Total relaxation in between your time on the water
  • 14-foot, 6+ person rafts for a great ride
  • One Day Adventure Play Park Pass
What's cool about the overnight trip is this: camping out by the Gauley River. No TV. No cell phones.  No worries. Let us take care of you while you hang out by the river, listen to the river and enjoy the ultimate in relaxation and getting-away-from-it-all.
 
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Reverse Gauley River Overnight

Rafting Are you ready to challenge two extraordinary days of world-class white water? Begin your adventure on the giant wave-trains of the Lower Gauley. Refuel that evening at ACE's private riverside camp - grilled nachos, a juicy steak dinner and hot melted s'mores. Slumber the night away in your own private tent, for there's another day of white water ahead - the Upper Gauley, starting at Summersville Dam!
  • Day 1– Lower Gauley – Class III-V rapids
  • Day 2 – Upper Gauley – Class III-V+ rapids
  • Trip Length: 23 miles (2 Full days)
  • Meals: Day 1 - lunch & dinner; Day 2 - breakfast & lunch
  • Tent provided
  • Season: September - October
  • Min Age: 15

 Rates per person:  Min Age FRI/SAT SAT/SUN SUN/MON  
Book the 14' Raft Option Now and SAVE $25
 #1 Choice 14' Raft (6+ people) 15 $384 $384 $334
Book Now
 Wildest Ride 12' Raft (4+ people) 18 $409 $409 $359
Call to Book
*Check out the Fall Gauley Rafting Dates for available dates
 
 


Classic Gauley River Overnight

Gauley Rafting Experience both stretches of the Gauley without ever leaving the canyon. Day one, venture down the Upper Gauley tackling continuous, pounding white water. That evening, unwind by the fire, and share stories of the day's adventure. On day two, it's the monster roller-coaster waves of the Lower Gauley.
  • The Gauley from beginning to end – 23 miles in 2 days
  • Day 1– Upper Gauley – Class III-V+ rapids
  • Day 2– Lower Gauley – Class III-V rapids
  • Trip Length: 23 miles (2 Full days)
  • Meals: Day 1 - lunch & dinner; Day 2 - breakfast & lunch
  • Tent provided
  • Season: September - October
  • Min Age: 15
 
 Rates per person:
Min Age FRI/SAT SAT/SUN SUN/MON  
Book the 14' Raft Option Now and SAVE $25
 #1 Choice 14' Raft (6+ people) 15 $384 $384 $334
Book Now
 Wildest Ride 12' Raft (4+ people) 18 $409 $409 $359
Call to Book
*Check out the Fall Gauley Rafting Dates for available dates
 
 


Gauley River Marathon OvernightRafting

Prepare yourself for North America's most intense and exciting river experience. Day one, journey 23 miles down the Upper and Lower Gauley in a steep, rocky riverbed of white water. That evening, experience dining hot-off-the-grill and the simple pleasure of a comfortable night under the stars at ACE's private riverside campsite. Day two, return to Summersville Dam, and raft the big class V+'s again!
  • Day 1– Gauley Marathon - all 23 miles
  • Day 2– Upper Gauley – Class III-V+ rapids
  • Trip Length: 35 miles (2 Full days)
  • Meals: Day 1 - lunch & dinner; Day 2 - breakfast & lunch
  • Tent provided
  • Season: September - October
  • Min Age: 15
 
 Rates per person:    Min Age FRI/SAT SAT/SUN SUN/MON  
Book the 14' Raft Option Now and SAVE $25
 #1 Choice 14' Raft (6+ people) 15 $414 $414 $364
Book Now
 Wildest Ride 12' Raft (4+ people) 18 $439 $439 $389
Call to Book
*Check out the Fall Gauley Rafting Dates for available dates

MORE INFO

Rafting the Gauley River, white water that tops any list of destinations around the world, is a special thing. It is a hoot-and-a-half, and it can even be a transformative experience. No exaggeration: It's the kind of thing that inspires people to open new chapters in their lives. But, uh, lots of us just think Gauley River white water rafting is so fun you might as well camp out and make a real weekend of it. You should try it.

 

Riverside Overnight Trip Checklist

ACE Provides:

  • Guide
  • Tent
  • Transportation to and from river
  • All rafting equipment (this doesn't include wet suit and rain gear, however, they can be rented)
  • Meals – lunch and dinner on day 1 and breakfast and lunch on day 2. Vegetarian or dietary restrictions requests need to be called in or faxed as soon as overnight reservations are made
  • Beverages – sodas, lemonade, water, and limited supply of beer
  • One water resistant bag per guest for personal items

You Need To Bring

  • Sleeping bag / Sleeping pad / Pillow
  • Personal toiletries (biodegradable soap, towel, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Change of clothing for camp including dry shoes
  • Additional beverages
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen
  • Jacket for camp
  • Bug repellent

Optional Items To Bring

  • Books, games, cards
  • Waterproof, disposable camera
  • Fishing Pole (fishing licenses are available at local sporting goods stores)

What To Wear

On fall Gauley River rafting trips, weather can vary quite a bit. Be prepared to rent a wetsuit or bring your own on most days. Cotton is a poor insulating layer to wear; when cotton gets wet (like it does when you are rafting the Gauley) it actually draws heat from your body, making you colder. There is a sayiing in the white water world that you should dress for the swim. Although no one plans to fall in the water while rafting the Gauley River, it does happen. On chilly days, wearing synthetic pile or fleece over your core along with a windbreaker works with your wetsuit (don't forget, Gauley River water is around 55 degrees) to keep you warm — and comfortable — all day. On particularly cold days, wool socks, gloves and skull caps are a good idea for conserving your body heat.
 

On the river:
  • Shorts and/or bathing suit
  • Polypro layers (top and bottom)
  • Windbreaker (you can rent one from us)
  • Wool or polypro socks
  • Wetsuit recommended in cooler temps (we rent those, too)
  • Extra layers (be ready for rain)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • Wetsuit booties, river sandals, old shoes
  • Your "chillin'-I'm-on-vacation" face
  • Video - What To Wear

Don't Bring on the River

  • Towels
  • Wallets, keys, rings or jewelry
  • Hummel™ collectible figurines
Special Notes:
  • All ACE riverside camps have primitive rest room facilities; there is NO running water or electricity
  • Please lock all valuables in your car, including jewelry, wallet, money or anything you do not want to get lost or wet
  • You will need to arrive for check-in 1.5 hours before the trip departure time listed on your confirmation

Whitewater Safety Orientation Video

GAULEY RAPIDS

Gauley River Rafting: Everything You Need to Know.

Rafting the Gauley = Heavy Duty Fun.

It doesn't get any simpler. From peak releases during Gauley Season to challenging summer flows, the Gauley always delivers.

Gauley River Rafting

Upper Gauley

Big. Steep. Technical. Intense. Big. Why did we list big twice? The Upper Gauley is home to six rapids known as, well, the Big 6. Each one will quicken your pulse and make you whoop and holler. In between, don't sleep; there's plenty of whitewater to keep you on your toes.

Lower Gauley

For first-time rafters, the Lower Gauley is about as challenging as it gets. Long wave trains and big hits will put a grin on your face that just may be there permanently. Be prepared to dig in, but don't forget to take in the amazing views from the river.

Summer Gauley

Like solitude with your white water? The Summer Gauley has it in spades along with narrow chutes, steep drops and huge rocks. Take comfort, though. When you raft this legendary stretch of river, you raft with an experienced staff who've made the Summer Gauley their calling.

Gauley Overnights

Hard playing and serious relaxing are what Gauley River overnights are all about. There's plenty of rapids and plenty of food to go around. Get your Gauley on in the summer or fall and camp out at the coolest private overnight spots on the Gauley. You'll kick it around the fire, talking about the day's runs and what lies ahead.

 


2014 Gauley Release Dates

Gauley Water Levels:

All days are scheduled for normal minimal release levels of between 2,800 to 3,200 cfs. These are ideal levels for world-class rafting on all sections of the Gauley. Water levels may vary due to weather conditions.


Gauley River Rapids: Check out this site for detailed information concerning the awesome Gauley River Rapids.

Gauley River Rapid Map

 

Additional Gauley Information

Rafting is only the tip of the the Gauley River's rich history. This water way has drawn men and women to its banks for more than 200 years, boasting enough diverse attractions to be designated a National Recreation Area by the United States government.

For history lovers, the Gauley story mirrors the story of the United States. The tale begins with the first West Virginia settlers in the 1770s. These pioneering European settlers braved the challenging terrain - and often-challenging relations with Native American residents who came before them.

Chapters followed on the Civil War and the timber, mine and railroad industries that continued well into the 20th century. The great civil works projects of the 1960s saw completion of the Summersville Dam near the Gauley's headwaters just before commercial rafting began on the New River. Though the Gauley River had been successfully run before the dam was built, it was the regulated flows that made commercial whitewater rafting possible.

Gauley River Today

The Gauley River's reputation these days is built on recreation. Between the Gauley River National Recreation Area, Summersville Lake and white water rafting, there is plenty to do.

The Gauley winds through three sections: the Upper, Middle and Lower, featuring different difficulty levels and amazing scenery. Many rafting outfitters offer trips from Spring to Fall, depending on local precipitation and water released by the Army Corps of Engineers from the Summersville Dam.

Gauley Season, a 22-day schedule of releases for white water enthusiasts in September and October, is the capstone to the rafting season in West Virginia. Each season, more than 60,000 paddlers take on world-famous rapids such as "Insignificant," "Pillow Rock" and "Sweet's Falls."

Beyond Rafting

Alongside the Gauley River, hikers, anglers and hunters enjoy the lush forest and abundant wildlife of the Monongahela National Forest. The area is home to many rare and threatened plants, such as Virginia spiraea. Along with rafting in the fall, you can also explore the brilliant foliage soaring along the New River Gorge through the crisp autumn air on a zip line or cruising down into the Gauley canyon on a guided mountain bike tour.

Wildlife watchers can find deer and even bear along the 26-mile corridor that stretches from the Summersville Dam to the where the Gauley and New rivers join to form the Kanawha River. Other animals that make their home in the area include 10 threatened species of mammals, birds, insects, fish and amphibians.


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2014 Gauley Release Dates:

Gauley Water Levels:

All days are scheduled for normal fall water levels of between 2,800 to 3,200 cfs. These are ideal levels for world-class rafting on all sections of the Gauley. Water levels may vary due to weather conditions.


 
 
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2014 Gauley Release Dates:

Gauley Water Levels:

All days are scheduled for normal fall water levels of between 2,800 to 3,200 cfs. These are ideal levels for world-class rafting on all sections of the Gauley. Water levels may vary due to weather conditions.


 
 
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2014 Gauley Release Dates:

Gauley Water Levels:

All days are scheduled for normal fall water levels of between 2,800 to 3,200 cfs. These are ideal levels for world-class rafting on all sections of the Gauley. Water levels may vary due to weather conditions.


 
 

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Gauley River Summer Trips

TRIP OVERVIEW

Summer Gauley White Water Rafting Overnights

The Gauley River is a National Recreation Area, managed by the National Park Service. To say it's some beautiful wilderness is an understatement. Summer Gauley trips vary depending on the water level — sometimes we run smaller rafts, other times FunYaks (inflatable kayaks).

Most people come to run the Gauley River in September and October, for 6 weekends of unbelievably awesome dam-controlled releases. But we don't wait for Gauley Season.

No other company is on the Gauley day in and day out during the summer months, so we usually have the whole river to ourselves. We'll navigate:
  • Steep drops
  • Technical turns
  • Churning hydraulics
  • All the way to our private campsite.
  • One Day Adventure Play Park Pass

We'll pass Lost Paddle Canyon and the Meadow River. ACE guides will prepare a full grilled dinner on Day 1 and a hot and hearty breakfast before you hit the river on Day 2.

NOTE: Minimum of 8 people needed to book this trip
 
Just a couple other things:
  • Trip Length: 2 Days
  • Meals: Day 1 - Lunch & Dinner; Day 2 - Breakfast & Lunch
  • Tents provided
  • Season: April - August
  • Minimum Age — 13 Years
  • Difficulty — Challenging (Class III-V)
  • Boat Size — Rafts or Funyaks, depending on water levels

Regular Rate: $300
Peak Rate:     $325

Call To Book: 800-787-3982

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If you want an authentic, woodsy-white-water-camping adventure, this is your trip. Honestly, we're a little anxious about advertising it too much. It's that special. We run some crazy rapids. We breathe deep in some fresh air and notice all the noise there isn't. You bring friends, we all make new friends. Campfire. Beach. Stars. It's really nice.

Boat size and trip length change according to water level. ACE uses 1-person inflatable kayaks (FunYaks) and/or 4+, 6+ and 8+ person rafts. Mother Nature determines the boat size, but during an average year, you can expect to be boating the Gauley in the following crafts:
Month Avg. CFS Range Description Craft
April 1,200 - 5,200 cfs The Summersville Dam is being refilled making water levels unpredictable. Be ready to paddle! 4+, 6+ or 8+ person raft
May 1,200 - 6,000 cfs Expect high water - usually the highest water flows outside Fall Gauley Season. Great for the adventure seeker. 4+, 6+ or 8+ person raft
June 300 - 6,500 cfs The Gauley becomes very technical in early summer and must still be navigated by raft. A great option for those looking for a wild and scenic stretch of river. FunYak, 4+ person raft or 6+ person raft
July 200 - 4,500 cfs The rapids on the Gauley change to technical chutes and drops. If you’re ready to maneuver these river currents in your own boat, this is the time to tackle the Gauley. FunYak, 4+ person raft or 6+ person raft
August 500 - 3,000 cfs With the temperatures soaring, this is a great time to take advantage of refreshing Gauley flows. A perfect option for the active and adventurous. FunYak or 4+ person raft

As a general guide line the cut-off for duckies is approximatley 1.300 cfs on the Lower Gauley and approximatley 550 cfs on the Upper Gauley.

Riverside Overnight Trip Checklist

ACE Provides:

  • Guide
  • Tent
  • Transportation to and from river
  • All rafting equipment (this doesn’t include wet suit and rain gear, however, they can be rented)
  • Meals – lunch and dinner on day 1 and breakfast and lunch on day 2. Vegetarian or dietary restrictions requests need to be called in or faxed as soon as overnight reservations are made
  • Beverages – sodas, lemonade, water, and limited supply of beer
  • One water resistant bag per guest for personal items

You Need To Bring

  • Sleeping bag / Sleeping pad / Pillow
  • Personal toiletries (biodegradable soap, towel, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Change of clothing for camp including dry shoes
  • Additional beverages
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen
  • Jacket for camp
  • Bug repellent

Optional Items To Bring

  • Books, games, cards
  • Waterproof, disposable camera
  • Fishing Pole (fishing licenses are available at local sporting goods stores)

What To Wear

On the river, May - August:
  • Shorts and/or bathing suit
  • Wetsuit recommended in cooler temps
  • Extra layers (be ready for rain)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • River sandals or old shoes
  • A happy "hanging-by-the-riverside-at-night"-smile
  • Video - What To Wear

Don't Bring

  • Towels
  • Wallets, keys, rings or jewelry
  • Digital Camera (unless it's waterproof, of course)
Special Notes:
  • All ACE riverside camps have primitive rest room facilities; there is NO running water or electricity
  • Please lock all valuables in your car, including jewelry, wallet, money or anything you do not want to get lost or wet
  • You will need to arrive for check-in 1.5 hours before the trip departure time listed on your confirmation

Whitewater Safety Orientation Video

 

Rafting Trip

TRIP OVERVIEW

Overnight Whitewater Rafting Trips In The New River Gorge

The New River Gorge is often called "The Grand Canyon of the East." An overnight rafting trip through here is spectacular. The Lower New River 2-Day rafting trip is packed with action from class III and IV rapids — class V+ at high water. But the first day of this overnight trek, we'll give you a chance to paddle your own inflatable kayak. Check it out:
  • Duckies (inflatable kayaks) or Rafts on Day 1 Upper New River
  • Rafts on Day 2 Lower New River
  • 15 miles of pure fun
  • Tons of great food, prepared by your guides
  • Camping at ACE's private site (we provide your tents) - check the More Info tab for, well, more information on what to pack
  • Access to hiking and history at ACE's private campsite, just ask!
  • One Day Adventure Play Park Pass
We're on the river between 5 and 6 hours each day. And the New River Gorge at night? It's off the hook. Sit back around the campfire and take in the stars, listen to the river, and chill. And please, leave your alarm clock at home.
 
Rates per person:
      REGULAR RATE
PEAK RATE  
  Boat Size Min Age Youth Adult Youth Adult  
Standard
16' Raft (8+ people) 12 $254 $304 $284 $334
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#1 Choice 14' Raft (6+ people) 15 $254 $304 $284 $334
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Wildest Ride 12' Raft (4+ people) 18 N/A $329 N/A $359 Call To Book
 
2014 Peak Days: Saturdays 5/3 - 10/18, 5/25, 7/4, 8/31
 
Stuff to know:
  • Trip Length: 15 miles (2 full days)
  • Meals: Day 1 - Lunch & Dinner; Day 2 - Breakfast & Lunch
  • Season — April - October
  • Minimum Age — 12 Years
  • Tents provided
  • Difficulty — Intermediate (Class III-IV)

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New River Gorge Overnight River Rafting Trips

 

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The New River is filled with history from the coal mining and logging eras in West Virginia. Nearly every pool the trip passes through is marked by a ghost town on the side of the river. ACE's private campsite is located at the mouth of Mann's Creek near the old coal town of Sewell. At our private campsite, you'll rough it easy. We've got spacious tents set up on wood platforms. The overnight spot has a permanent camp kitchen and picnic tables, so there's no eating out in the rain. We've even got some, ahem, facilities for the ladies when nature calls ;)


Riverside Overnight Trip Checklist

ACE Provides:

  • Guide
  • Tent
  • Transportation to and from river
  • All rafting equipment (this doesn't include wet suit and rain gear, however, they can be rented)
  • Meals – lunch and dinner on day 1 and breakfast and lunch on day 2. Vegetarian or dietary restrictions requests need to be called in or faxed as soon as overnight reservations are made
  • Beverages – sodas, lemonade, water, and limited supply of beer
  • One water resistant bag per guest for personal items

You Need To Bring

  • Sleeping bag / Sleeping pad / Pillow
  • Personal toiletries (biodegradable soap, towel, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Change of clothing for camp including dry shoes
  • Additional beverages
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen
  • Jacket for camp
  • Bug repellent

Optional Items To Bring

  • Books, games, cards
  • Waterproof, disposable camera
  • Fishing Pole (fishing licenses are available at local sporting goods stores)

What To Wear

On the river, May - August:
  • Shorts and/or bathing suit
  • Wetsuit recommended in cooler temps
  • Extra layers (be ready for rain)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • River sandals or old shoes
  • The "wow, I'm glad I did this"-smile
  • Video - What To Wear

Don't Bring

  • Towels
  • Wallets, keys, rings or jewelry
  • Things you'd hate to get wet, broken or lost

Special Notes:

  • All ACE riverside camps have primitive rest room facilities; there is NO running water or electricity
  • Please lock all valuables in your car, including jewelry, wallet, money or anything you do not want to get lost or wet
  • You will need to arrive for check-in 1.5 hours before the trip departure time listed on your confirmation

Whitewater Safety Orientation Video

 

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TRIP OVERVIEW

 

Overnight White Water Rafting Trips For The Family


Our 2-Day Overnight Upper New River white water rafting trips are just the right mix of fun and chillin'. There are some waves here and there, plenty of daydream-filled floating, and one great rapid known as "Surprise." We'd tell you more about it, but then, well, it wouldn't be a surprise.  Best of all, you camp out along the banks of the New River and let the sound of the water sing you to sleep.
 
Your first day of West Virginia rafting ends with a satisfying meal hot off the grill. In the morning, enjoy a delicious hot breakfast before heading out for more New River rafting with your gang. If there is a better way to spend quality family time, we haven't found it.

The Upper New White Water Rafting Overnight includes:
  • Kid-tested lunch and dinner on Day 1
  • Mother-approved breakfast and lunch on Day 2
  • Rafts and inflatable kayaks
  • All-you-can-swim buffet between rapids
  • About 5-6 hours on the river each day
  • Riverside camping at ACE's private site
  • Stories around the campfire
  • Possible hikes to the nearby ghost town of Thurmond.
  • One Day Adventure Play Park Pass
This West Virginia rafting trip is perfect for the kid or the big kid-at-heart. You can have splash fights, play "King of the Mountain" on a floating barge of duckies, and soak up the splendor of the great outdoors.



Adult Rate Per Person:  
REGULAR RATEi:
    $274 
PEAK RATE:          
$299
YOUTH:                 Save $50
2014 Peak Days: Saturdays 5/3 - 10/18, 5/25, 7/4, 8/31

Other details:
  • Minimum Age — 6 Years
  • Meals Included — Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch
  • Difficulty — Beginner (Class II-III)
  • Boat Size — 16-foot Rafts and Duckies
  • Trip Length — 2 Days
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The New River Gorge is ideal not only for white water rafting in West Virginia, but also for hiking and scenery. Add in the colorful history of the New River coalfields and there's something for everyone. The ACE overnight Upper New River white water rafting trip is easy enough for the kids or the grandparents.

Upper New River overnights are not just for families. We can accommodate groups of all types and sizes. This is a fun New River rafting trip for family reunions, church groups, Scout troops, or just you and some friends.

Riverside Overnight Trip Checklist

ACE Provides:

  • Guide
  • Tent
  • Transportation to and from river
  • All rafting equipment (this doesn't include wet suit and rain gear, however, they can be rented)
  • Meals – lunch and dinner on day 1 and breakfast and lunch on day 2. Vegetarian or dietary restrictions requests need to be called in or faxed as soon as overnight reservations are made
  • Beverages – sodas, lemonade, water, and limited supply of beer
  • One water resistant bag per guest for personal items

You Need To Bring

  • Sleeping bag / Sleeping pad / Pillow
  • Personal toiletries (biodegradable soap, towel, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Change of clothing for camp including dry shoes
  • Additional beverages
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen
  • Jacket for camp
  • Bug repellent

Optional Items To Bring

  • Books, games, cards
  • Waterproof, disposable camera
  • Fishing Pole (fishing licenses are available at local sporting goods stores)

What To Wear

On the river, May - August:
  • Shorts and/or bathing suit
  • Wetsuit recommended in cooler temps
  • Extra layers (be ready for rain)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • River sandals or old shoes
  • A big, goofy smile
  • Video - What To Wear

Don't Bring

  • Towels
  • Wallets, rings or jewelry
  • Ant farms

Special Notes:

  • All ACE riverside camps have primitive rest room facilities; there is NO running water or electricity
  • Please lock all valuables in your car, including jewelry, wallet, money or anything you do not want to get lost or wet
  • You will need to arrive for check-in 1.5 hours before the trip departure time listed on your confirmation

Whitewater Safety Orientation Video

Upper Gauley River Rafting Trip

TRIP OVERVIEW

Fall Upper Gauley River Rafting

Like the badges of boy scouts or the medals of four-star generals, experience on the Gauley River is worn as a badge of honor by experienced white water rafting veterans. Once you get some Gauley River rafting under your belt, it sticks with your forever. Each twist and turn goes running through your head at work, as you drift off to sleep, watering the garden, when you least expect it. From beautiful mountains to some of the most challenging West Virginia rafting slopes, Gauley rapids are a force to be reckoned with and a badge of honor you will never forget. Check it out:

  • Over 40 rapids made of pure "steep-churning-top-10-in-the-world-white-water" packed into 11 miles of river
  • 6 class V rapids only Mother Nature could invent (with help from dynamite)
  • A 14-foot waterfall. Seriously.
  • Gauley guides who specialize in teambuilding to keep your team on point in the most challenging white water
  • Lunch at ACE's own private grill spot and deck overlooking the coliseum. Boats and lodging fill up fast, 'cause it's some pretty fun stuff

 

September and October are scheduled releasesFall Gauley Rafting Dates — and people come from all over for the Gauley white water action. Boats and lodging fill up fast, 'cause it's some pretty fun stuff.  

Gauley Rafting Dates 

If the Upper Gauley white water rafting sounds like a bit more than you'd like, check out Lower Gauley River rafting, the most advanced trip we offer for first timers. 

Step up to the next level of white water adventure with these Gauley river rafting experiences:


Upper Gauley River rafting - All Day

Rafting Guide

  • Straight up world-class section of Class III-V+ Gauley white water rafting
  • Trip Length: 12 miles (All day)
  • Meals: Hot-grilled lunch at Sweet's Falls – ACE's private lunch site
  • Season: September-October
  • Minimum Age: 15
  • Minimum Height: 60 inches
 16' Raft (8+ Person Raft) - Min Age: 15
  FRI SAT SUN MON
 
 Rate $159 $179 $159 $109
Book Now
 

 14' Raft (6+ Person Raft) - Min Age: 15

Free Raft Upgrade

  FRI SAT SUN MON
 
 RATE $184 $159 $204 $179 $184 $159 $134 $109
Book Now
 
 12' Raft (4+ Person Raft) - Min Age: 18 
  FRI SAT SUN MON
 
 RATE $209 $229  $209 $159 Call for Reservations

*Check out the Fall Gauley Rafting Dates for available dates

 



Gauley Marathon - All Day

Rafting Group Trip

  • Gauley white water rafting smorgasbord - Upper and Lower Gauley in one day (70+ rapids)
  • Trip Length: 23 miles (All day)
  • Meals:Hot-grilled lunch at Sweet's Falls – ACE's private lunch site
  • Season: September-October*
  • Minimum Age: 15
  • Minimum Height: 60 inches
 16' Raft (8+ Person Raft) - Min Age: 15
  FRI SAT SUN MON
 
 Rate $209 $229 $209 $129
Book Now
 

 14' Raft (6+ Person Raft) - Min Age: 15

Free Raft Upgrade

  FRI SAT SUN MON
 
 RATE $234 $209 $254 $229 $234 $209 $154 $129
Book Now
 
 12' Raft (4+ Person Raft) - Min Age: 18 
  FRI SAT SUN MON
 
 RATE $259 $279  $259 $174 Call for Reservations

*Check out the Fall Gauley Rafting Dates for available dates


 

Double Upper Gauley River rafting - All Day

Rafting

  • Upper Gauley white water rafting pig out! Six big class V+ rapids twice in one day
  • Trip Length: 24 miles (All day)
  • Meals: Hot-grilled lunch at Sweet's Falls – ACE's private lunch site
  • Season: September-October*
  • Minimum Age: 15
  • Minimum Height: 60 inches
 16' Raft (8+ Person Raft) - Min Age: 15
  FRI SAT SUN MON
 
 Rate $219 $239 $219 $139
Book Now
 

 14' Raft (6+ Person Raft) - Min Age: 15

Free Raft Upgrade

  FRI SAT SUN MON
 
 RATE $244 $219 $264 $239 $244 $219 $164 $139
Book Now
 
 12' Raft (4+ Person Raft) - Min Age: 18 
  FRI SAT SUN MON
 
 RATE $269 $289  $269 $189 Call for Reservations

*Check out the Fall Gauley Rafting Dates for available dates

 

SLIDESHOW

 

 

 

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Upper Gauley River white water rafting is more than something to do — it's an event.

Gauley Season is only 6 weekends in September and October, when the Summersville Lake is drained to its winter water level. We start Upper Gauley rafting trips at the base of the Summersville Dam.

Come for the buzz of opening weekend — always right after Labor Day. The third Gauley Season weekend is always Gauley Fest, including fundraisers for American Whitewater, raft and kayak races, and a post-river celebration. The final Gauley weekends feature the explosive color of West Virginia's fall foliage. We wrap up our Gauley adventures for the year on Bridge Day weekend — why not combine rafting with a BASE jumping extravaganza?


Gauley Release Dates

Gauley Water Levels:

All days are scheduled for normal minimal release levels of between 2,800 to 3,200 cfs. These are ideal levels for world-class rafting on all sections of the Gauley. Water levels may vary due to weather conditions.

Don't miss your chance to go rafting on the Gauley this year!


Go Gung Ho For Gauley

GungHo 14’ Trip Options

You’ve probably heard your guide say that driving a raft is a lot like driving a car. Some makes and models are better for certain rivers. The 14-foot raft is the boat of choice for the Gauley. And this year, ACE is ready to customize the ride your crew wants. Check out our two 14-foot trip options:

Trip Option #1 – 14’ High Adventure
•    Hit all 42 rapids from Class III-V+
•    Run the classic lines and the proven sweet spots
•    This is big whitewater and keeping you in the raft is our #1 priority

Trip Option #2 – 14’ GungHo
•    Surf the classic holes on the Upper Gauley
•    Maximize each rapid and wave for action and amplitude
•    Explore more advanced lines through rapids

The GungHo distinction with the 14’ raft is FREE. However, you must:
•    Be at least 18 years old
•    Have prior rafting experience
•    Ready and able to swim aggressively
•    Be able to pull yourself into the raft
•    Watch “the video” and sign an additional waiver detailing the risks


If the GungHo trip is for you, you need to add this feature to your reservation. Just give us a call at 800-787-3982 to upgrade.


What To Wear

The Upper Gauley runs in the spring and in the fall. In both seasons, weather can vary quite a bit. Be prepared to rent a wetsuit or bring your own on most days. Cotton is a poor insulating layer to wear; when cotton gets wet (like it does when you are rafting the Gauley) it actually draws heat from your body, making you colder. There is a saying in the white water world that you should dress for the swim.

Although no one plans to fall in the water while rafting the Gauley River, it does happen. On chilly days, wearing synthetic pile or fleece over your core along with a windbreaker works with your wetsuit (don't forget, Gauley River water is around 55 degrees) to keep you warm — and comfortable — all day. On particularly cold days, wool socks, gloves and skull caps are a good idea for conserving your body heat.

  • Shorts and/or bathing suit
  • Wetsuit recommended
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • River sandals, water shoes, or tennis shoes
  • Your steely-eyed face of determination
  • Video - What To Wear

What To Bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Personal prescription medication
  • Extra layer
  • Waterproof camera
  • Can-do attitude

Don't Bring

  • Towels
  • Wallets, keys, rings or jewelry
  • Non-waterproof camera
  • Backpacks or excessive cargo
  • Friends who don't like to have fun

Whitewater Safety Orientation Video

GAULEY RAPIDS

 

Gauley River Rafting: Everything You Need to Know.

Rafting the Gauley = Heavy Duty Fun.

It doesn't get any simpler. From peak releases during Gauley Season to challenging summer flows, the Gauley always delivers.

Gauley River Rafting

Upper Gauley

Big. Steep. Technical. Intense. Big. Why did we list big twice? The Upper Gauley is home to six rapids known as, well, the Big 6. Each one will quicken your pulse and make you whoop and holler. In between, don't sleep; there's plenty of whitewater to keep you on your toes.

Lower Gauley

For first-time rafters, the Lower Gauley is about as challenging as it gets. Long wave trains and big hits will put a grin on your face that just may be there permanently. Be prepared to dig in, but don't forget to take in the amazing views from the river.

Summer Gauley

Like solitude with your white water? The Summer Gauley has it in spades along with narrow chutes, steep drops and huge rocks. Take comfort, though. When you raft this legendary stretch of river, you raft with an experienced staff who've made the Summer Gauley their calling.

Gauley Overnights

Hard playing and serious relaxing are what Gauley River overnights are all about. There's plenty of rapids and plenty of food to go around. Get your Gauley on in the summer or fall and camp out at the coolest private overnight spots on the Gauley. You'll kick it around the fire, talking about the day's runs and what lies ahead.

 

Gauley River Rapids: Check out this site for detailed information concerning the awesome Gauley River Rapids.

 

Gauley River Rapid Map

 

Additional Gauley Information

Rafting is only the tip of the the Gauley River's rich history. This water way has drawn men and women to its banks for more than 200 years, boasting enough diverse attractions to be designated a National Recreation Area by the United States government.

For history lovers, the Gauley story mirrors the story of the United States. The tale begins with the first West Virginia settlers in the 1770s. These pioneering European settlers braved the challenging terrain - and often-challenging relations with Native American residents who came before them.

Chapters followed on the Civil War and the timber, mine and railroad industries that continued well into the 20th century. The great civil works projects of the 1960s saw completion of the Summersville Dam near the Gauley's headwaters just before commercial rafting began on the New River. Though the Gauley River had been successfully run before the dam was built, it was the regulated flows that made commercial whitewater rafting possible.

Gauley River Today

The Gauley River's reputation these days is built on recreation. Between the Gauley River National Recreation Area, Summersville Lake and white water rafting, there is plenty to do.

The Gauley winds through three sections: the Upper, Middle and Lower, featuring different difficulty levels and amazing scenery. Many rafting outfitters offer trips from Spring to Fall, depending on local precipitation and water released by the Army Corps of Engineers from the Summersville Dam.

Gauley Season, a 22-day schedule of releases for white water enthusiasts in September and October, is the capstone to the rafting season in West Virginia. Each season, more than 60,000 paddlers take on world-famous rapids such as "Insignificant," "Pillow Rock" and "Sweet's Falls."

Beyond Rafting

Alongside the Gauley River, hikers, anglers and hunters enjoy the lush forest and abundant wildlife of the Monongahela National Forest. The area is home to many rare and threatened plants, such as Virginia spiraea. Along with rafting in the fall, you can also explore the brilliant foliage soaring along the New River Gorge through the crisp autumn air on a zip line or cruising down into the Gauley canyon on a guided mountain bike tour.

Wildlife watchers can find deer and even bear along the 26-mile corridor that stretches from the Summersville Dam to the where the Gauley and New rivers join to form the Kanawha River. Other animals that make their home in the area include 10 threatened species of mammals, birds, insects, fish and amphibians.


 

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2014 Gauley Release Dates:

Gauley Water Levels:

All days are scheduled for normal fall water levels of between 2,800 to 3,200 cfs. These are ideal levels for world-class rafting on all sections of the Gauley. Water levels may vary due to weather conditions.


 
 
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2014 Gauley Release Dates:

Gauley Water Levels:

All days are scheduled for normal fall water levels of between 2,800 to 3,200 cfs. These are ideal levels for world-class rafting on all sections of the Gauley. Water levels may vary due to weather conditions.


 
 
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2014 Gauley Release Dates:

Gauley Water Levels:

All days are scheduled for normal fall water levels of between 2,800 to 3,200 cfs. These are ideal levels for world-class rafting on all sections of the Gauley. Water levels may vary due to weather conditions.


 
 
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2014 Gauley Release Dates:

Gauley Water Levels:

All days are scheduled for normal fall water levels of between 2,800 to 3,200 cfs. These are ideal levels for world-class rafting on all sections of the Gauley. Water levels may vary due to weather conditions.


 
 

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TRIP OVERVIEW

Lower Gauley White Water Rafting

 

Do you like:

  • Big ol' hits?
  • Giggle-inducing waves?
  • Tight turns?
  • Chill time between rapids?
  • Some spots to get out and swim?
  • Scenery that makes you take deep, deep breaths?

The Lower Gauley white water rafting owns the sweet spot between plain-ol' big and flat-out difficult. This Gauley River rafting experience is fun for all abilities and experience levels.

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In September and October every year, the Summersville Dam releases a set amount of water — the perfect amount to turn the Fall Gauley Rafting Dates into world-class white water. In the spring, snowmelt and rains bring the Lower Gauley to fantastic, high water levels.

Other Gauley Options:

  1. Upper Gauley rafting is the answer for the hard chargers, those that want the most challenging whitewater. It's a good idea to have previous rafting experience under your belt before you tackle the Big 6 rapids. It's narrow, steep, big and flat out fun.

  2. Gauley Overnights are great for making the most of your time on the Gauley. Raft both the Upper and Lower (you can do them in order or switch them up) and camp in between at our private riverside campsites.

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  • Most challenging trip recommended for first-timers
  • Plenty of Class III-V rapids
  • Trip Length:  11.5 miles (All day)
  • Meals: Hot Grilled riverside lunch at ACE's private site
  • Season: September-October
  • Minimum Age: 15
  • Minimum Height: 60 inches
 16' Raft (8+ Person Raft) - Min Age: 15
  FRI SAT SUN MON
 
 RATE $159 $179 $159 $109
Book Now
 

 14' Raft (6+ Person Raft) - Min Age: 15

Upgrade 2

  FRI SAT SUN MON
 
 RATE $184 $159 $204 $179 $184 $159 $134 $109
Book Now
 
 12' Raft (4+ Person Raft) - Min Age: 18 
  FRI SAT SUN MON
 
 RATE $209 $229  $209 $159 Call for Resevations

*Check out the Fall Gauley Rafting Dates for available dates


Gauley Rafting Marathon - All Day

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  • Upper and Lower Gauley River rafting in one day 
  • 70+ rapids
  • Trip Length: 23 miles (All day)
  • Meals: Hot-grilled lunch at Sweet's Falls – ACE's private lunch site
  • Season: September-October
  • Minimum Age: 15
  • Minimum Height: 60 inches
 16' Raft (8+ Person Raft) - Min Age: 15
  FRI SAT SUN MON
 
 RATE $209 $229 $209 $129
Book Now
 

 14' Raft (6+ Person Raft) - Min Age: 15

Upgrade 2

  FRI SAT SUN MON
 
 RATE $234 $209 $254 $229 $234 $209 $154 $129
Book Now
 
 12' Raft (4+ Person Raft) - Min Age: 18 
  FRI SAT SUN MON
 
 RATE $259 $279  $259 $179 Call for Reservations

*Check out the Fall Gauley Rafting Dates for available dates

 


Lower/Upper Gauley Rafting - 2 Days

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  • Day One - Class III-V rapids of the Lower Gauley River white water rafting
  • Day Two - Class III-V+ Upper Gauley white water rafting 
  • Trip Length: 23 Miles (2 days)
  • Meals: Hot Grilled riverside lunch both days
  • Season: September-October
  • Minimum Age: 15
  • Minimum Height: 60 inches
 16' Raft (8+ Person Raft) - Min Age: 15
  FRI/SAT SAT/SUN SUN/MON  
 RATE $269 $269 $219
Book Now
 

 14' Raft (6+ Person Raft) - Min Age: 15

  FRI SAT SUN  
 RATE $319 $319 $269 
Book Now
 
 12' Raft (4+ Person Raft) - Min Age: 18 
  FRI SAT SUN  
 RATE $369 $369  $254 Call for Reservations

*Check out the Fall Gauley Rafting Dates for available dates

 

SLIDESHOW

 

 

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The Lower Gauley runs in the spring and in the fall. In both seasons, weather can vary quite a bit. Be prepared to rent a wetsuit or bring your own on most days. Cotton is a poor insulating layer to wear; when cotton gets wet (like it does when you are rafting the Gauley) it actually draws heat from your body, making you colder. There is a sayiing in the white water world that you should dress for the swim.

Although no one plans to fall in the water while rafting the Gauley River, it does happen. On chilly days, wearing synthetic pile or fleece over your core along with a windbreaker works with your wetsuit (don't forget, Gauley River water is around 55 degrees) to keep you warm — and comfortable — all day. On particularly cold days, wool socks, gloves and skull caps are a good idea for conserving your body heat.


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Gauley Water Levels:

All days are scheduled for normal minimal release levels of between 2,800 to 3,200 cfs. These are ideal levels for world-class rafting on all sections of the Gauley. Water levels may vary due to weather conditions.

Don't miss your chance to go rafting on the Gauley this year!

What To Wear

Always be sure to check the weather for Summersville, WV before your trip and pack accordingly.

  • Synthetic long underwear - pants and shirt
  • Synthetic fleece sweatshirt
  • Windbreaker
  • Long-sleeve, technical shirt
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • River sandals or old shoes
  • Fleece or wool socks
  • Wetsuit
  • Game face
  • Video - What To Wear

What To Bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Personal prescription medication (If it's something you need to have with you at all times)
  • Extra layers
  • Spunk

Don't Bring

  • Towels
  • Wallet, keys, rings, cell phone or jewelry
  • Non-waterproof camera
  • Backpack
  • Excessive cargo

Whitewater Safety Orientation Video

GAULEY RAPIDS

Gauley River Rafting: Everything You Need to Know.

Rafting the Gauley = Heavy Duty Fun.

It doesn't get any simpler. From peak releases during Gauley Season to challenging summer flows, the Gauley always delivers.

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Upper Gauley

Big. Steep. Technical. Intense. Big. Why did we list big twice? The Upper Gauley is home to six rapids known as, well, the Big 6. Each one will quicken your pulse and make you whoop and holler. In between, don't sleep; there's plenty of whitewater to keep you on your toes.

Lower Gauley

For first-time rafters, the Lower Gauley is about as challenging as it gets. Long wave trains and big hits will put a grin on your face that just may be there permanently. Be prepared to dig in, but don't forget to take in the amazing views from the river.

Summer Gauley

Like solitude with your white water? The Summer Gauley has it in spades along with narrow chutes, steep drops and huge rocks. Take comfort, though. When you raft this legendary stretch of river, you raft with an experienced staff who've made the Summer Gauley their calling.

Gauley Overnights

Hard playing and serious relaxing are what Gauley River overnights are all about. There's plenty of rapids and plenty of food to go around. Get your Gauley on in the summer or fall and camp out at the coolest private overnight spots on the Gauley. You'll kick it around the fire, talking about the day's runs and what lies ahead.

 

Gauley River Rapids: Check out this site for detailed information concerning the awesome Gauley River Rapids.

 

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Additional Gauley Information

Rafting is only the tip of the the Gauley River's rich history. This water way has drawn men and women to its banks for more than 200 years, boasting enough diverse attractions to be designated a National Recreation Area by the United States government.

For history lovers, the Gauley story mirrors the story of the United States. The tale begins with the first West Virginia settlers in the 1770s. These pioneering European settlers braved the challenging terrain - and often-challenging relations with Native American residents who came before them.

Chapters followed on the Civil War and the timber, mine and railroad industries that continued well into the 20th century. The great civil works projects of the 1960s saw completion of the Summersville Dam near the Gauley's headwaters just before commercial rafting began on the New River. Though the Gauley River had been successfully run before the dam was built, it was the regulated flows that made commercial whitewater rafting possible.

Gauley River Today

The Gauley River's reputation these days is built on recreation. Between the Gauley River National Recreation Area, Summersville Lake and white water rafting, there is plenty to do.

The Gauley winds through three sections: the Upper, Middle and Lower, featuring different difficulty levels and amazing scenery. Many rafting outfitters offer trips from Spring to Fall, depending on local precipitation and water released by the Army Corps of Engineers from the Summersville Dam.

Gauley Season, a 22-day schedule of releases for white water enthusiasts in September and October, is the capstone to the rafting season in West Virginia. Each season, more than 60,000 paddlers take on world-famous rapids such as "Insignificant," "Pillow Rock" and "Sweet's Falls."

Beyond Rafting

Alongside the Gauley River, hikers, anglers and hunters enjoy the lush forest and abundant wildlife of the Monongahela National Forest. The area is home to many rare and threatened plants, such as Virginia spiraea. Along with rafting in the fall, you can also explore the brilliant foliage soaring along the New River Gorge through the crisp autumn air on a zip line or cruising down into the Gauley canyon on a guided mountain bike tour.

Wildlife watchers can find deer and even bear along the 26-mile corridor that stretches from the Summersville Dam to the where the Gauley and New rivers join to form the Kanawha River. Other animals that make their home in the area include 10 threatened species of mammals, birds, insects, fish and amphibians.


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2014 Gauley Release Dates:

Gauley Water Levels:

All days are scheduled for normal fall water levels of between 2,800 to 3,200 cfs. These are ideal levels for world-class rafting on all sections of the Gauley. Water levels may vary due to weather conditions.


 
 
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2014 Gauley Release Dates:

Gauley Water Levels:

All days are scheduled for normal fall water levels of between 2,800 to 3,200 cfs. These are ideal levels for world-class rafting on all sections of the Gauley. Water levels may vary due to weather conditions.


 
 

 

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TRIP OVERVIEW

Summer Gauley River Rafting in West Virginia

 

For the ultimate "wet & wild" adventure, the Gauley is our go-to river in the summer. Its combination of water clarity, remoteness and maze of boulders make it a unique white water opportunity - more like an epic journey, a feat, a top 10 bucket list item.
Only veteran guides with proper training run the Summer Gauley. It's very special, but it's not for everyone. You need to be mentally prepared for the challenge and in good shape. Yes, you may swim; and yes, you may have the time of your life

RIVER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Deep-water canyon with magnificent beauty - waterfalls, sheer cliff walls and giant boulders
  • One of rafting's best kept secrets - in this remote wilderness canyon, you will rarely see another group or evidence of the world outside
  • With chutes and drops around every bend, this trip is intended for the adventurous - it's busy, challenging and great fun all at the same time
  • Filling and refreshing deli lunch packed with healthy snacks, salads and tasty desserts
  • Minimum Age: 15

Trip Options:

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  • Class II-IV (V) technical rapids with house size boulders and big drops
  • Riverside deli lunch
  • Minimum Age: 15
  • Season: April-August

 


Rates Per Person:
REGULAR RATE:     $119
PEAK RATE:          $139
 

Those looking for an intermediate whitewater experience on the Gauley, jump on the Summer Lower Gauley - min. age: 13

2014 Peak Days: Saturdays 5/3 - 10/18, 5/25, 7/4, 8/31

 

White Water Boat Options

Releases from the Summersville Dam, which are dependent on rain, determine what craft (raft or Fun Yak) we use to get down the Summer Gauley each day. Often this decision is not made until the morning of departure.

Raft:

  • About 50% of the time, we navigate the Summer Upper gauley in a raft - and with 3 boat sizes, we're covered for most anything Mother Nature sends our way
  • It offers a good balance between stability and maneuverability at high water
  • Professional guide in every raft provides instruction

FunYak:

  • When the river is too low to navigate in a raft, we switch to one-person inflatable kayaks (occurs about 49% of the time)
  • Highly responsive, these boats come with thigh-straps for extra control
  • Guides lead the way and are positioned at more technical features to keep paddlers on track
    *There is a 1% chance the water will be running too high for the Upper Gauley, and we'll have to move to the Lower Gauley.

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Boat Size

The Gauley has runnable flows 95% of the year. Boat size, trip length and river section change according to water level. For Summer Gauley white water rafting, ACE uses 1-person inflatable kayaks (FunYaks) and/or 4+, 6+ and 8+ person rafts. Mother Nature determines the river and river section, but during an average year, you can expect to be boating the Gauley in the following crafts:
MonthAvg. CFS RangeDescriptionCraft
April 1,200 - 5,200 cfs The Summersville Dam is being refilled making water levels unpredictable. Be ready to paddle! 4+, 6+ or 8+ person raft
May 1,200 - 6,000 cfs Expect high water - usually the highest water flows outside Fall Gauley Season. Great for the adventure seeker. 4+, 6+ or 8+ person raft
June 300 - 6,500 cfs The Gauley becomes very technical in early summer and must still be navigated by raft. A great option for those looking for a wild and scenic stretch of river. FunYak, 4+ person raft or 6+ person raft
July 200 - 4,500 cfs The rapids on the Gauley change to technical chutes and drops. If you’re ready to maneuver these river currents in your own boat, this is the time to tackle the Gauley. FunYak, 4+ person raft or 6+ person raft
August 500 - 3,000 cfs With the temperatures soaring, this is a great time to take advantage of refreshing Gauley flows. A perfect option for the active and adventurous. FunYak or 4+ person raft
September 2,500 - 3,200 cfs This is Fall Release dates: Check out all the trips we offer under Fall Gauley Trips. 4+, 6+ or 8+ person raft
October 2,500 - 3,200 cfs This is Fall Release dates: Check out all the trips we offer under Fall Gauley Trips. 4+, 6+ or 8+ person raft
*If you get cold easily, or if it's an overcast, rainy day, we recommend a wetsuit rental. It's way easier to cool off than it is to warm up. And neoprene adds some nice padding.
**As a general guide line the cut-off for duckies is approximatley 1,300 cfs on the Lower Gauley and approximatley 550 cfs. on the Upper Gauley.

The Gauley is famous for its Top Ten World Class rating and reputation during the 22 day Autumn scheduled dam releases from Summersville Lake into the Gauley river bed.

BUT the Gauley does flow all summer - May thru August.

The Army Corps of Engineers maintains Summersville Lake level at 1,652 feet above sea level - which is summer pool. Above this amazingly clear lake are 3 rivers: the Cherry, Cranberry and Williams rivers. Throughout the summer the combined flows of these 3 rivers are released daily from the dam that forms Summersville Lake.

The trick is that we do not know what the exact release will be until that morning of the trip. We have this covered with 3 additional exclusive private access points and 4 sizes of boats, allowing us to choose the best possible options for the ultimate experience. 

Why ACE

We pioneered these trips and more guests choose ACE as their Summer Gauley outfitter than all the companies combined.

What To Wear

  • Shorts and/or bathing suit
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • River sandals or old shoes
  • How 'bout that game face?
  • Gauley water comes from the bottom of the dam and is rather cold, even on hot summer days we recommend sleeveless wetsuit and a windbreaker. These are available for rent at ACE.
  • Video - What To Wear

What To Bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Personal prescription medication
  • Extra layers (non-cotton)
  • Waterproof camera
  • A little gumption

Don't Bring

  • Towels
  • Wallets, keys, rings or jewelry
  • Non-waterproof digital cameras
  • Cell phones
  • Lame friends

Lunch

  • Deli-Variety of cold cuts and cheeses for snadwhiches, PB & J, assorted salads (pasta, seafood, potato), baked beans, chips & salsa, fresh veggies & dip, trail mix, fresh fruit, cokkies & desserts. Drinks may include water and lemonade.

Whitewater Safety Orientation Video

 

Lower New River White Water Rafting


TRIP OVERVIEW

 

Lower New River White Water Rafting
in West Virginia

With big white water rapids accessible enough for first-timers and challenging enough for white water veterans, it's no wonder the Lower New River is our most popular West Virginia rafting trip. New River white water rafting means no waiting for dam releases. That's why we raft the Lower New every day during the West Virginia rafting season. On this trip, you'll get:

  • 20 big-water rapids and calm pools in between for lounging and swimming
  • Eye-popping scenery
  • Jump Rock
  • Wild coal town history
  • Great surfing levels mid and late summer
  • Grilled lunch at the riverside (All day trips only)

We even let you customize what size boat you want to paddle, and on most trips, we'll have a kayaker capture the whole affair on video. For those who need more than one day to unwind on the New River, explore the Lower New Overnight West Virginia rafting adventure.

If you'd like to see the New River Gorge but would prefer to stay dry, check out ACE's West Virginia Zip Line Tours, Bridge Catwalk Tours and Guided Mountain Bike Tours.

New For The 2014 Season:

 


Lower New - All Day

  • All day whitewater adventure
  • Over 20 Class II-IV+ rapids make this our most popular West Virginia rafting trip
  • Dozens of rapids and lots of time for surfing, swimming and river antics
  • Grilled riverside lunch
  • Season: April - October
  • Boat Options:
        16' Raft         (8+ Person Raft) Min Age: 12 
        14' Raft         (6+ Person Raft) Min Age: 15
        12' Raft         (4+ Person Raft) Min Age: 18
        16' Oar Boat  (6+ Person Raft) min Age: 9
 16' Raft (8+ People) - Min Age: 12   mid-week-special-box2
 Regular Rate
$119    
 Peak Rate $139
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 Youth SAVE $10  

 Regular Rates: Sunday - Friday
 Peak Days: Saturdays 5/3 - 10/18, 5/25, 7/4, 8/31

 
 14' Raft (6+ People) - Min Age: 15   raft-upgrade-box2
 Regular Rate
$144   $119    
 Peak Rate $164   $139
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 Regular Rates: Sunday - Friday
 Peak Days: Saturdays 5/3 - 10/18, 5/25, 7/4, 8/31

 
 12' Raft (4+ People) - Min Age: 18   team-extreme-2
 Regular Rate
$169    
 Peak Rate $189
Call To Book
 

 Regular Rates: Sunday - Friday
 Peak Days: Saturdays 5/3 - 10/18, 5/25, 7/4, 8/31

 

16' Family Oar Boat (6+ People) - Min Age: 9
 Same Rate as 16' Raft Above  BOOK NOW

 

 

 


Lower New - Half Day

  • 20 roller-coaster rapids (II - IV+)
  • Trip Length: 8 miles (Half day)
  • Meals: N/A
  • Season: March-November
  • Boat Options:
        16' Raft  (8+ Person Raft) Min Age: 12 
        14' Raft  (6+ Person Raft) Min Age: 15 
 16' Raft (8+ People) - Min Age: 12   mid-week-box2
 Regular Rate
$99    
 Peak Rate $109
Book Now
 
 Youth SAVE $10  

 Peak Days: Saturdays 5/3 - 10/18, 5/25, 7/4, 8/31

 
 14' Raft (6+ People) - Min Age: 15
 Regular Rate
$124  
 Peak Rate $134
Book Now

 Peak Days: Saturdays 5/3 - 10/18, 5/25, 7/4, 8/31


Double Lower - All Day

  • Two runs through the heart of the New River Gorge
  • Trip Length: 16 miles (All day)
  • Meals: Hot Grilled Lunch
  • Season: Late March - early June (water levels permitting)
  • Difficulty: Exciting (Class III-IV+)
  • Boat Options:
        14' Raft  (6+ Person Raft) Min Age: 15
        12' Raft  (4+ Person Raft) Min Age: 18 
 14' Raft (6+ People) - Min Age: 15
 Regular Rate
$149  
 Peak Rate $169
Book Now

 Peak Days: Saturdays 5/3 - 10/18, 5/25, 7/4, 8/31

 12' Raft (4+ People) - Min Age: 18
 Regular Rate
$174  
 Peak Rate $194
Book Now

 Peak Days: Saturdays 5/3 - 10/18, 5/25, 7/4, 8/31

*For your safety, ACE reserves the right to change age requirement, river section or river if unusual water levels occur. Minimum age is 9 for normal summer flows mid-June through October. Minimum height is 56” tall. During spring-like water levels higher than 5’ (10,000 cfs), minimum age may be raised at our discretion.  

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From 9-year-olds to folks in their 80s, we've seen them all go down the Gorge. New River rafting is one of the best outdoor activities in the eastern U.S. Come for the fun, come to connect in the wilderness, or come to learn a little West Virginia history. It's wild and wonderful.

For your West Virginia rafting adventure, we provide the life jacket, helmet, paddle and such. Clothing recommendations apply roughly May to August. In other months, or in times of rough weather, we recommend a wetsuit rental or other insulating gear. Rafting trips go rain or shine.

What To Wear on a Rafting Trip

  • Shorts and/or bathing suit
  • Wetsuit rental recommended in Spring or Fall
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • River sandals, water shoes, or tennis shoes
  • Your steely-eyed face of determination
  • Video - What To Wear

What To Bring on a Rafting Trip

  • Sunscreen
  • Personal prescription medication
  • Extra layer (synthetic fiber only)
  • Windbreaker
  • Waterproof camera
  • Can-do attitude

Don't Bring On The River Trip

  • Towels
  • Wallets, rings or jewelry
  • Non-waterproof camera
  • Backpacks or excessive cargo
  • Friends who don't like to have fun

Whitewater Safety Orientation Video

FREE Whitewater Raft Upgrade!

Whitewater Rafting

It's time you know what a difference two feet and a few hundred pounds can make. For 2014, ACE guests have the option of upgrading to a 14-foot raft at 16-foot rates on most trips. Other outfitters charge $25 for downsizing to this sportier ride. We know it's the superior raft and want you to know, too! Take the upgrade!

  • Can not be used with the Mid-Week Special rate - discount is off regular rates
  • Our most popular option for team paddling, this smaller raft is lighter and more maneuverable for the ultimate high-adventure ride
  • With three cross-tubes and roomy seating, it accommodates 6-7 guests plus the guide
  • This boat option is offered on Class II-V(+) river sections
  • The guide provides direction while the paddlers (that’s you) furnish the horsepower – teamwork is critical
  • Minimum age 15

 $89 Mid-Week New River Rafting Special

White Water Rafting

Have you ever experienced a midweek blue streak? Does hump day leave you teetering on the edge of insanity? Do Thursday’s find you thirsty for the outdoors? ACE has a midweek blowout special sure to cure any weekday summertime blues. Good on: New River All Day | New River Half Day | Upper New River

  • All Year
  • Available Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday
  • Cannot be combined with any other discount or special
  • $89 Rate only applies to 16-foot rafts

$89 Per Person
Regular Rate value $119 - you save 25%

Rate does not include taxes and fees.


$89 Mid-Week Zip Line Special

Zip Line Adventures

  • All Year
  • Available Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday
  • Cannot be combined with any other discount or special

$89 Per Person
Regular Rate value $109 - you save $20

Rate does not include taxes and fees.

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Whitewater Boat Options

When deciding on the intensity level of your river experience, the boat type and size have a big impact. Think of it like driving a sports car versus a mini-van. Both have advantages. It just depends on what you want to do. The boat options below will vary by river section, but the decriptions will give you a good idea of what to expect. Minimum age changes with each boat.

Team Paddling

 16' Raft (8+ Person Raft) Min Age: 12
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PADDLE Raft  - Team paddling

  • This is the standard raft size most outfitters use, it is the most stable raft we have and ideal for most water flows
  • With an extra two feet, this raft accommodates 8-9 guests plus the guide
  • Good option for larger groups that want to paddle together as a team or a nervous first timer
  • The goto raft for the Upper New River family Trip
  • Professional guide in every raft
  • Minimum age 12
Go from a 16' Raft to a 14' Raft for no extra charge on most trips - others charge extra!Free Raft Upgrade Promotion
 
 16' Oar Boat (6+ Person Raft) Min Age: 9
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NEW for 2014
OAR Boat – Enjoy the ride

  • With the addition of a frame and 10-foot oars, this raft accommodates up to 6 guests
  • Large oars give your guide more control, making it stable enough for younger children and older family members to join the adventure
  • With this raft option, you can choose to paddle or sit back to enjoy the ride
  • Professional guide in every raft
  • Minimum age 9 
 
 14' Raft (6+ Person Raft) Min Age: 15
 14-foot-whitewater-raft-image Paddle Raft - Team Paddling  
  • Our most popular option for team paddling, this smaller raft is lighter and more maneuverable for the ultimate high-adventure ride
  • With three cross-tubes and roomy seating, it accommodates 6-7 guests plus the guide
  • This boat option is offered on Class II-V(+) river sections
  • The guide provides direction while the paddlers (that’s you) furnish the horsepower – teamwork is critical
  • Minimum age 15
 
 12' Raft (4+ Person Raft) Min Age: 18
 12-foot-whitewater-raft-image  Paddle Raft - Team Paddling
  • If whitewater rafting is one of your top-ten favorite sports, then this action-packed raft may be for you with only two cross-tubes, it is light and super agile and fits 4-5 paddlers plus the guide
  • The smallest commercial raft allowed on the river, this raft makes even the smallest waves and holes a challenge
  • Strong swimming skills and experience in high-siding and bracing are recommended - you have a higher chance of swimming in this raft than the bigger boats
  • This boat option is offered on Class II-V(+) river sections
  • Professional guide in every raft leads the way while paddlers provide the “all forward”
  • Minimum age 18

Solo Paddling

 Single Ducky
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Single Ducky

  • Our most popular option on the Upper New, the ducky is a cross between an inflatable kayak and a canoe
  • Used in class I-III rapids, it sits close to the water’s surface, making the waves feel bigger
  • Easy to paddle in pools and extra stable in rapids, there’s no previous experience necessary
  • Great for those who want to paddle solo, especially teens and preteens who are ready for a little more freedom
  • A “mother ducky” leads the pack and provides instruction along the way
  • Minimum Age: 10
 
 Double Ducky
tandem-duck-whitewater-craft-image Double Ducky
  • Another great option for those who want the excitement of a ducky on the Upper New but have younger children who require the help of an adult (generally ages 6 to 9)
  • Longer than the solo ducky by 2 feet, it’s easy to navigate and super stable
  • Paddlers in these boats travel with the rest of the ducky pack - a “mother ducky” leads the way
  • Minimum age 6
 
 FunYAK
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  • The one-person inflatable kayak is a favorite for the Summer Gauley at lower water levels
  • Fast and highly responsive, these boats come with thigh-straps for even more control
  • Swimming skills and paddling experience a plus
  • Several guides, also paddling FunYAKs, direct the way and are positioned at more technical features to keep paddler on course
 

     ACE Adventure Resort has been the industry leader and innovator when it comes to outdoor adventures and it requires top of the line equipment and knowledge. We were the first outfitter with self-bailing rafts – we now have a full fleet of specially designed rafts. All of our boats are custom built, high-tech and self-bailing (meaning that water automatically runs out). The air-filled tubes that make up the raft are large and comfortable, providing a very stable platform for your adventure.

New River White Water Rafting

Whitewater Boat Options

When deciding on the intensity level of your river experience, the boat type and size have a big impact. Think of it like driving a sports car versus a mini-van. Both have advantages. It just depends on what you want to do. The boat options below will vary by river section, but the decriptions will give you a good idea of what to expect. Minimum age changes with each boat.

Team Paddling

 16' Raft (8+ Person Raft) Min Age: 12
16-foot-whitewater-raft-image

PADDLE Raft  - Team paddling

  • This is the standard raft size most outfitters use, it is the most stable raft we have and ideal for most water flows
  • With an extra two feet, this raft accommodates 8-9 guests plus the guide
  • Good option for larger groups that want to paddle together as a team or a nervous first timer
  • The goto raft for the Upper New River family Trip
  • Professional guide in every raft
  • Minimum age 12
Go from a 16' Raft to a 14' Raft for no extra charge on most trips - others charge extra!Free Raft Upgrade Promotion
 
 16' Oar Boat (6+ Person Raft) Min Age: 9
16-foot-oar-frame-image

NEW for 2014
OAR Boat – Enjoy the ride

  • With the addition of a frame and 10-foot oars, this raft accommodates up to 6 guests
  • Large oars give your guide more control, making it stable enough for younger children and older family members to join the adventure
  • With this raft option, you can choose to paddle or sit back to enjoy the ride
  • Professional guide in every raft
  • Minimum age 9 
 
 14' Raft (6+ Person Raft) Min Age: 15
 14-foot-whitewater-raft-image Paddle Raft - Team Paddling  
  • Our most popular option for team paddling, this smaller raft is lighter and more maneuverable for the ultimate high-adventure ride
  • With three cross-tubes and roomy seating, it accommodates 6-7 guests plus the guide
  • This boat option is offered on Class II-V(+) river sections
  • The guide provides direction while the paddlers (that’s you) furnish the horsepower – teamwork is critical
  • Minimum age 15
 
 12' Raft (4+ Person Raft) Min Age: 18
 12-foot-whitewater-raft-image  Paddle Raft - Team Paddling
  • If whitewater rafting is one of your top-ten favorite sports, then this action-packed raft may be for you with only two cross-tubes, it is light and super agile and fits 4-5 paddlers plus the guide
  • The smallest commercial raft allowed on the river, this raft makes even the smallest waves and holes a challenge
  • Strong swimming skills and experience in high-siding and bracing are recommended - you have a higher chance of swimming in this raft than the bigger boats
  • This boat option is offered on Class II-V(+) river sections
  • Professional guide in every raft leads the way while paddlers provide the “all forward”
  • Minimum age 18

Solo Paddling

 Single Ducky
funyak-whitewater-craft-image

Single Ducky

  • Our most popular option on the Upper New, the ducky is a cross between an inflatable kayak and a canoe
  • Used in class I-III rapids, it sits close to the water’s surface, making the waves feel bigger
  • Easy to paddle in pools and extra stable in rapids, there’s no previous experience necessary
  • Great for those who want to paddle solo, especially teens and preteens who are ready for a little more freedom
  • A “mother ducky” leads the pack and provides instruction along the way
  • Minimum Age: 10
 
 Double Ducky
tandem-duck-whitewater-craft-image Double Ducky
  • Another great option for those who want the excitement of a ducky on the Upper New but have younger children who require the help of an adult (generally ages 6 to 9)
  • Longer than the solo ducky by 2 feet, it’s easy to navigate and super stable
  • Paddlers in these boats travel with the rest of the ducky pack - a “mother ducky” leads the way
  • Minimum age 6
 
 FunYAK
 funyak FunYAK
  • The one-person inflatable kayak is a favorite for the Summer Gauley at lower water levels
  • Fast and highly responsive, these boats come with thigh-straps for even more control
  • Swimming skills and paddling experience a plus
  • Several guides, also paddling FunYAKs, direct the way and are positioned at more technical features to keep paddler on course
 

     ACE Adventure Resort has been the industry leader and innovator when it comes to outdoor adventures and it requires top of the line equipment and knowledge. We were the first outfitter with self-bailing rafts – we now have a full fleet of specially designed rafts. All of our boats are custom built, high-tech and self-bailing (meaning that water automatically runs out). The air-filled tubes that make up the raft are large and comfortable, providing a very stable platform for your adventure.

New River White Water Rafting

Whitewater Boat Options

When deciding on the intensity level of your river experience, the boat type and size have a big impact. Think of it like driving a sports car versus a mini-van. Both have advantages. It just depends on what you want to do. The boat options below will vary by river section, but the decriptions will give you a good idea of what to expect. Minimum age changes with each boat.

Team Paddling

 16' Raft (8+ Person Raft) Min Age: 12
16-foot-whitewater-raft-image

PADDLE Raft  - Team paddling

  • This is the standard raft size most outfitters use, it is the most stable raft we have and ideal for most water flows
  • With an extra two feet, this raft accommodates 8-9 guests plus the guide
  • Good option for larger groups that want to paddle together as a team or a nervous first timer
  • The goto raft for the Upper New River family Trip
  • Professional guide in every raft
  • Minimum age 12
Go from a 16' Raft to a 14' Raft for no extra charge on most trips - others charge extra!Free Raft Upgrade Promotion
 
 16' Oar Boat (6+ Person Raft) Min Age: 9
16-foot-oar-frame-image

NEW for 2014
OAR Boat – Enjoy the ride

  • With the addition of a frame and 10-foot oars, this raft accommodates up to 6 guests
  • Large oars give your guide more control, making it stable enough for younger children and older family members to join the adventure
  • With this raft option, you can choose to paddle or sit back to enjoy the ride
  • Professional guide in every raft
  • Minimum age 9 
 
 14' Raft (6+ Person Raft) Min Age: 15
 14-foot-whitewater-raft-image Paddle Raft - Team Paddling  
  • Our most popular option for team paddling, this smaller raft is lighter and more maneuverable for the ultimate high-adventure ride
  • With three cross-tubes and roomy seating, it accommodates 6-7 guests plus the guide
  • This boat option is offered on Class II-V(+) river sections
  • The guide provides direction while the paddlers (that’s you) furnish the horsepower – teamwork is critical
  • Minimum age 15
 
 12' Raft (4+ Person Raft) Min Age: 18
 12-foot-whitewater-raft-image  Paddle Raft - Team Paddling
  • If whitewater rafting is one of your top-ten favorite sports, then this action-packed raft may be for you with only two cross-tubes, it is light and super agile and fits 4-5 paddlers plus the guide
  • The smallest commercial raft allowed on the river, this raft makes even the smallest waves and holes a challenge
  • Strong swimming skills and experience in high-siding and bracing are recommended - you have a higher chance of swimming in this raft than the bigger boats
  • This boat option is offered on Class II-V(+) river sections
  • Professional guide in every raft leads the way while paddlers provide the “all forward”
  • Minimum age 18

Solo Paddling

 Single Ducky
funyak-whitewater-craft-image

Single Ducky

  • Our most popular option on the Upper New, the ducky is a cross between an inflatable kayak and a canoe
  • Used in class I-III rapids, it sits close to the water’s surface, making the waves feel bigger
  • Easy to paddle in pools and extra stable in rapids, there’s no previous experience necessary
  • Great for those who want to paddle solo, especially teens and preteens who are ready for a little more freedom
  • A “mother ducky” leads the pack and provides instruction along the way
  • Minimum Age: 10
 
 Double Ducky
tandem-duck-whitewater-craft-image Double Ducky
  • Another great option for those who want the excitement of a ducky on the Upper New but have younger children who require the help of an adult (generally ages 6 to 9)
  • Longer than the solo ducky by 2 feet, it’s easy to navigate and super stable
  • Paddlers in these boats travel with the rest of the ducky pack - a “mother ducky” leads the way
  • Minimum age 6
 
 FunYAK
 funyak FunYAK
  • The one-person inflatable kayak is a favorite for the Summer Gauley at lower water levels
  • Fast and highly responsive, these boats come with thigh-straps for even more control
  • Swimming skills and paddling experience a plus
  • Several guides, also paddling FunYAKs, direct the way and are positioned at more technical features to keep paddler on course
 

     ACE Adventure Resort has been the industry leader and innovator when it comes to outdoor adventures and it requires top of the line equipment and knowledge. We were the first outfitter with self-bailing rafts – we now have a full fleet of specially designed rafts. All of our boats are custom built, high-tech and self-bailing (meaning that water automatically runs out). The air-filled tubes that make up the raft are large and comfortable, providing a very stable platform for your adventure.

New River White Water Rafting

Whitewater Boat Options

When deciding on the intensity level of your river experience, the boat type and size have a big impact. Think of it like driving a sports car versus a mini-van. Both have advantages. It just depends on what you want to do. The boat options below will vary by river section, but the decriptions will give you a good idea of what to expect. Minimum age changes with each boat.

Team Paddling

 16' Raft (8+ Person Raft) Min Age: 12
16-foot-whitewater-raft-image

PADDLE Raft  - Team paddling

  • This is the standard raft size most outfitters use, it is the most stable raft we have and ideal for most water flows
  • With an extra two feet, this raft accommodates 8-9 guests plus the guide
  • Good option for larger groups that want to paddle together as a team or a nervous first timer
  • The goto raft for the Upper New River family Trip
  • Professional guide in every raft
  • Minimum age 12
Go from a 16' Raft to a 14' Raft for no extra charge on most trips - others charge extra!Free Raft Upgrade Promotion
 
 16' Oar Boat (6+ Person Raft) Min Age: 9
16-foot-oar-frame-image

NEW for 2014
OAR Boat – Enjoy the ride

  • With the addition of a frame and 10-foot oars, this raft accommodates up to 6 guests
  • Large oars give your guide more control, making it stable enough for younger children and older family members to join the adventure
  • With this raft option, you can choose to paddle or sit back to enjoy the ride
  • Professional guide in every raft
  • Minimum age 9 
 
 14' Raft (6+ Person Raft) Min Age: 15
 14-foot-whitewater-raft-image Paddle Raft - Team Paddling  
  • Our most popular option for team paddling, this smaller raft is lighter and more maneuverable for the ultimate high-adventure ride
  • With three cross-tubes and roomy seating, it accommodates 6-7 guests plus the guide
  • This boat option is offered on Class II-V(+) river sections
  • The guide provides direction while the paddlers (that’s you) furnish the horsepower – teamwork is critical
  • Minimum age 15
 
 12' Raft (4+ Person Raft) Min Age: 18
 12-foot-whitewater-raft-image  Paddle Raft - Team Paddling
  • If whitewater rafting is one of your top-ten favorite sports, then this action-packed raft may be for you with only two cross-tubes, it is light and super agile and fits 4-5 paddlers plus the guide
  • The smallest commercial raft allowed on the river, this raft makes even the smallest waves and holes a challenge
  • Strong swimming skills and experience in high-siding and bracing are recommended - you have a higher chance of swimming in this raft than the bigger boats
  • This boat option is offered on Class II-V(+) river sections
  • Professional guide in every raft leads the way while paddlers provide the “all forward”
  • Minimum age 18

Solo Paddling

 Single Ducky
funyak-whitewater-craft-image

Single Ducky

  • Our most popular option on the Upper New, the ducky is a cross between an inflatable kayak and a canoe
  • Used in class I-III rapids, it sits close to the water’s surface, making the waves feel bigger
  • Easy to paddle in pools and extra stable in rapids, there’s no previous experience necessary
  • Great for those who want to paddle solo, especially teens and preteens who are ready for a little more freedom
  • A “mother ducky” leads the pack and provides instruction along the way
  • Minimum Age: 10
 
 Double Ducky
tandem-duck-whitewater-craft-image Double Ducky
  • Another great option for those who want the excitement of a ducky on the Upper New but have younger children who require the help of an adult (generally ages 6 to 9)
  • Longer than the solo ducky by 2 feet, it’s easy to navigate and super stable
  • Paddlers in these boats travel with the rest of the ducky pack - a “mother ducky” leads the way
  • Minimum age 6
 
 FunYAK
 funyak FunYAK
  • The one-person inflatable kayak is a favorite for the Summer Gauley at lower water levels
  • Fast and highly responsive, these boats come with thigh-straps for even more control
  • Swimming skills and paddling experience a plus
  • Several guides, also paddling FunYAKs, direct the way and are positioned at more technical features to keep paddler on course
 

     ACE Adventure Resort has been the industry leader and innovator when it comes to outdoor adventures and it requires top of the line equipment and knowledge. We were the first outfitter with self-bailing rafts – we now have a full fleet of specially designed rafts. All of our boats are custom built, high-tech and self-bailing (meaning that water automatically runs out). The air-filled tubes that make up the raft are large and comfortable, providing a very stable platform for your adventure.

Lower New River - White Water Rafting in West Virginia

lower-new-river-header

With big white water rapids accessible enough for first-timers and challenging enough for white water veterans, it's no wonder the Lower New River is our most popular West Virginia rafting trip. New River white water rafting means no waiting for dam releases. That's why we raft the Lower New every day during the West Virginia rafting season. On this trip, you'll get:

  • 20 big-water rapids and calm pools in between for lounging and swimming
  • Eye-popping scenery
  • Jump Rock
  • Wild coal town history
  • Great surfing levels mid and late summer
  • Grilled lunch at the riverside (All day trips only)

We even let you customize what size boat you want to paddle, and on most trips, we'll have a kayaker capture the whole affair on video. For those who need more than one day to unwind on the New River, explore the Lower New Overnight West Virginia rafting adventure.

New For The 2014 Season:

Trips & Packages

Favorite Lower New Packages


Lower New - All Day

  • All day whitewater adventure
  • Over 20 Class II-IV+ rapids make this our most popular West Virginia rafting trip
  • Dozens of rapids and lots of time for surfing, swimming and river antics
  • Grilled riverside lunch
  • Season: April - October
  • Boat Options:
        16' Raft         (8+ Person Raft) Min Age: 12 
        14' Raft         (6+ Person Raft) Min Age: 15
        12' Raft         (4+ Person Raft) Min Age: 18
        16' Oar Boat  (6+ Person Raft) min Age: 9
 16' Raft (8+ People) - Min Age: 12   mid-week-special-box2
 Regular Rate
$119    
 Peak Rate $139
Book Now
 
 Youth SAVE $10  

 Regular Rates: Sunday - Friday
 Peak Days: Saturdays 5/3 - 10/18, 5/25, 7/4, 8/31

 
 14' Raft (6+ People) - Min Age: 15   raft-upgrade-box2
 Regular Rate
$144   $119    
 Peak Rate $164   $139
Book Now
 

 Regular Rates: Sunday - Friday
 Peak Days: Saturdays 5/3 - 10/18, 5/25, 7/4, 8/31

 
 12' Raft (4+ People) - Min Age: 18   team-extreme-2
 Regular Rate
$169    
 Peak Rate $189
Call To Book
 

 Regular Rates: Sunday - Friday
 Peak Days: Saturdays 5/3 - 10/18, 5/25, 7/4, 8/31

 

16' Family Oar Boat (6+ People) - Min Age: 9
 Same Rate as 16' Raft Above  BOOK NOW

 

 

 


Lower New - Half Day

  • 20 roller-coaster rapids (II - IV+)
  • Trip Length: 8 miles (Half day)
  • Meals: N/A
  • Season: March-November
  • Boat Options:
        16' Raft  (8+ Person Raft) Min Age: 12 
        14' Raft  (6+ Person Raft) Min Age: 15 
 16' Raft (8+ People) - Min Age: 12   mid-week-box2
 Regular Rate
$99    
 Peak Rate $109
Book Now
 
 Youth SAVE $10  

 Peak Days: Saturdays 5/3 - 10/18, 5/25, 7/4, 8/31

 
 14' Raft (6+ People) - Min Age: 15
 Regular Rate
$124  
 Peak Rate $134
Book Now

 Peak Days: Saturdays 5/3 - 10/18, 5/25, 7/4, 8/31


Double Lower - All Day

  • Two runs through the heart of the New River Gorge
  • Trip Length: 16 miles (All day)
  • Meals: Hot Grilled Lunch
  • Season: Late March - early June (water levels permitting)
  • Difficulty: Exciting (Class III-IV+)
  • Boat Options:
        14' Raft  (6+ Person Raft) Min Age: 15
        12' Raft  (4+ Person Raft) Min Age: 18 
 14' Raft (6+ People) - Min Age: 15
 Regular Rate
$149  
 Peak Rate $169
Book Now

 Peak Days: Saturdays 5/3 - 10/18, 5/25, 7/4, 8/31

 12' Raft (4+ People) - Min Age: 18
 Regular Rate
$174  
 Peak Rate $194
Book Now

 Peak Days: Saturdays 5/3 - 10/18, 5/25, 7/4, 8/31

*For your safety, ACE reserves the right to change age requirement, river section or river if unusual water levels occur. Minimum age is 9 for normal summer flows mid-June through October. Minimum height is 56” tall. During spring-like water levels higher than 5’ (10,000 cfs), minimum age may be raised at our discretion.  

Need to Know

From 9-year-olds to folks in their 80s, we've seen them all go down the Gorge. New River rafting is one of the best outdoor activities in the eastern U.S. Come for the fun, come to connect in the wilderness, or come to learn a little West Virginia history. It's wild and wonderful.

For your West Virginia rafting adventure, we provide the life jacket, helmet, paddle and such. Clothing recommendations apply roughly May to August. In other months, or in times of rough weather, we recommend a wetsuit rental or other insulating gear. Rafting trips go rain or shine.

What To Wear on a Rafting Trip

  • Shorts and/or bathing suit
  • Wetsuit rental recommended in Spring or Fall
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • River sandals, water shoes, or tennis shoes
  • Your steely-eyed face of determination
  • Video - What To Wear

What To Bring on a Rafting Trip

  • Sunscreen
  • Personal prescription medication
  • Extra layer (synthetic fiber only)
  • Windbreaker
  • Waterproof camera
  • Can-do attitude

Don't Bring On The River Trip

  • Towels
  • Wallets, rings or jewelry
  • Non-waterproof camera
  • Backpacks or excessive cargo
  • Friends who don't like to have fun

Whitewater Safety Orientation Video

Photos & Video

Lower New River Rafting Photos

Lower New River Rafting Video

 

If you'd like to see the New River Gorge but would prefer to stay dry, check out ACE's West Virginia Zip Line Tours, Bridge Catwalk Tours and Guided Mountain Bike Tours.

FREE Whitewater Raft Upgrade!

Whitewater Rafting

It's time you know what a difference two feet and a few hundred pounds can make. For 2014, ACE guests have the option of upgrading to a 14-foot raft at 16-foot rates on most trips. Other outfitters charge $25 for downsizing to this sportier ride. We know it's the superior raft and want you to know, too! Take the upgrade!

  • Can not be used with the Mid-Week Special rate - discount is off regular rates
  • Our most popular option for team paddling, this smaller raft is lighter and more maneuverable for the ultimate high-adventure ride
  • With three cross-tubes and roomy seating, it accommodates 6-7 guests plus the guide
  • This boat option is offered on Class II-V(+) river sections
  • The guide provides direction while the paddlers (that’s you) furnish the horsepower – teamwork is critical
  • Minimum age 15

 $89 Mid-Week New River Rafting Special

White Water Rafting

Have you ever experienced a midweek blue streak? Does hump day leave you teetering on the edge of insanity? Do Thursday’s find you thirsty for the outdoors? ACE has a midweek blowout special sure to cure any weekday summertime blues. Good on: New River All Day | New River Half Day | Upper New River

  • All Year
  • Available Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday
  • Cannot be combined with any other discount or special
  • $89 Rate only applies to 16-foot rafts

$89 Per Person
Regular Rate value $119 - you save 25%

Rate does not include taxes and fees.


$89 Mid-Week Zip Line Special

Zip Line Adventures

  • All Year
  • Available Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday
  • Cannot be combined with any other discount or special

$89 Per Person
Regular Rate value $109 - you save $20

Rate does not include taxes and fees.

New River White Water Rafting

Whitewater Boat Options

When deciding on the intensity level of your river experience, the boat type and size have a big impact. Think of it like driving a sports car versus a mini-van. Both have advantages. It just depends on what you want to do. The boat options below will vary by river section, but the decriptions will give you a good idea of what to expect. Minimum age changes with each boat.

Team Paddling

 16' Raft (8+ Person Raft) Min Age: 12
16-foot-whitewater-raft-image

PADDLE Raft  - Team paddling

  • This is the standard raft size most outfitters use, it is the most stable raft we have and ideal for most water flows
  • With an extra two feet, this raft accommodates 8-9 guests plus the guide
  • Good option for larger groups that want to paddle together as a team or a nervous first timer
  • The goto raft for the Upper New River family Trip
  • Professional guide in every raft
  • Minimum age 12
Go from a 16' Raft to a 14' Raft for no extra charge on most trips - others charge extra!Free Raft Upgrade Promotion
 
 16' Oar Boat (6+ Person Raft) Min Age: 9
16-foot-oar-frame-image

NEW for 2014
OAR Boat – Enjoy the ride

  • With the addition of a frame and 10-foot oars, this raft accommodates up to 6 guests
  • Large oars give your guide more control, making it stable enough for younger children and older family members to join the adventure
  • With this raft option, you can choose to paddle or sit back to enjoy the ride
  • Professional guide in every raft
  • Minimum age 9 
 
 14' Raft (6+ Person Raft) Min Age: 15
 14-foot-whitewater-raft-image Paddle Raft - Team Paddling  
  • Our most popular option for team paddling, this smaller raft is lighter and more maneuverable for the ultimate high-adventure ride
  • With three cross-tubes and roomy seating, it accommodates 6-7 guests plus the guide
  • This boat option is offered on Class II-V(+) river sections
  • The guide provides direction while the paddlers (that’s you) furnish the horsepower – teamwork is critical
  • Minimum age 15
 
 12' Raft (4+ Person Raft) Min Age: 18
 12-foot-whitewater-raft-image  Paddle Raft - Team Paddling
  • If whitewater rafting is one of your top-ten favorite sports, then this action-packed raft may be for you with only two cross-tubes, it is light and super agile and fits 4-5 paddlers plus the guide
  • The smallest commercial raft allowed on the river, this raft makes even the smallest waves and holes a challenge
  • Strong swimming skills and experience in high-siding and bracing are recommended - you have a higher chance of swimming in this raft than the bigger boats
  • This boat option is offered on Class II-V(+) river sections
  • Professional guide in every raft leads the way while paddlers provide the “all forward”
  • Minimum age 18

Solo Paddling

 Single Ducky
funyak-whitewater-craft-image

Single Ducky

  • Our most popular option on the Upper New, the ducky is a cross between an inflatable kayak and a canoe
  • Used in class I-III rapids, it sits close to the water’s surface, making the waves feel bigger
  • Easy to paddle in pools and extra stable in rapids, there’s no previous experience necessary
  • Great for those who want to paddle solo, especially teens and preteens who are ready for a little more freedom
  • A “mother ducky” leads the pack and provides instruction along the way
  • Minimum Age: 10
 
 Double Ducky
tandem-duck-whitewater-craft-image Double Ducky
  • Another great option for those who want the excitement of a ducky on the Upper New but have younger children who require the help of an adult (generally ages 6 to 9)
  • Longer than the solo ducky by 2 feet, it’s easy to navigate and super stable
  • Paddlers in these boats travel with the rest of the ducky pack - a “mother ducky” leads the way
  • Minimum age 6
 
 FunYAK
 funyak FunYAK
  • The one-person inflatable kayak is a favorite for the Summer Gauley at lower water levels
  • Fast and highly responsive, these boats come with thigh-straps for even more control
  • Swimming skills and paddling experience a plus
  • Several guides, also paddling FunYAKs, direct the way and are positioned at more technical features to keep paddler on course
 

     ACE Adventure Resort has been the industry leader and innovator when it comes to outdoor adventures and it requires top of the line equipment and knowledge. We were the first outfitter with self-bailing rafts – we now have a full fleet of specially designed rafts. All of our boats are custom built, high-tech and self-bailing (meaning that water automatically runs out). The air-filled tubes that make up the raft are large and comfortable, providing a very stable platform for your adventure.

New River White Water Rafting

Whitewater Boat Options

When deciding on the intensity level of your river experience, the boat type and size have a big impact. Think of it like driving a sports car versus a mini-van. Both have advantages. It just depends on what you want to do. The boat options below will vary by river section, but the decriptions will give you a good idea of what to expect. Minimum age changes with each boat.

Team Paddling

 16' Raft (8+ Person Raft) Min Age: 12
16-foot-whitewater-raft-image

PADDLE Raft  - Team paddling

  • This is the standard raft size most outfitters use, it is the most stable raft we have and ideal for most water flows
  • With an extra two feet, this raft accommodates 8-9 guests plus the guide
  • Good option for larger groups that want to paddle together as a team or a nervous first timer
  • The goto raft for the Upper New River family Trip
  • Professional guide in every raft
  • Minimum age 12
Go from a 16' Raft to a 14' Raft for no extra charge on most trips - others charge extra!Free Raft Upgrade Promotion
 
 16' Oar Boat (6+ Person Raft) Min Age: 9
16-foot-oar-frame-image

NEW for 2014
OAR Boat – Enjoy the ride

  • With the addition of a frame and 10-foot oars, this raft accommodates up to 6 guests
  • Large oars give your guide more control, making it stable enough for younger children and older family members to join the adventure
  • With this raft option, you can choose to paddle or sit back to enjoy the ride
  • Professional guide in every raft
  • Minimum age 9 
 
 14' Raft (6+ Person Raft) Min Age: 15
 14-foot-whitewater-raft-image Paddle Raft - Team Paddling  
  • Our most popular option for team paddling, this smaller raft is lighter and more maneuverable for the ultimate high-adventure ride
  • With three cross-tubes and roomy seating, it accommodates 6-7 guests plus the guide
  • This boat option is offered on Class II-V(+) river sections
  • The guide provides direction while the paddlers (that’s you) furnish the horsepower – teamwork is critical
  • Minimum age 15
 
 12' Raft (4+ Person Raft) Min Age: 18
 12-foot-whitewater-raft-image  Paddle Raft - Team Paddling
  • If whitewater rafting is one of your top-ten favorite sports, then this action-packed raft may be for you with only two cross-tubes, it is light and super agile and fits 4-5 paddlers plus the guide
  • The smallest commercial raft allowed on the river, this raft makes even the smallest waves and holes a challenge
  • Strong swimming skills and experience in high-siding and bracing are recommended - you have a higher chance of swimming in this raft than the bigger boats
  • This boat option is offered on Class II-V(+) river sections
  • Professional guide in every raft leads the way while paddlers provide the “all forward”
  • Minimum age 18

Solo Paddling

 Single Ducky
funyak-whitewater-craft-image

Single Ducky

  • Our most popular option on the Upper New, the ducky is a cross between an inflatable kayak and a canoe
  • Used in class I-III rapids, it sits close to the water’s surface, making the waves feel bigger
  • Easy to paddle in pools and extra stable in rapids, there’s no previous experience necessary
  • Great for those who want to paddle solo, especially teens and preteens who are ready for a little more freedom
  • A “mother ducky” leads the pack and provides instruction along the way
  • Minimum Age: 10
 
 Double Ducky
tandem-duck-whitewater-craft-image Double Ducky
  • Another great option for those who want the excitement of a ducky on the Upper New but have younger children who require the help of an adult (generally ages 6 to 9)
  • Longer than the solo ducky by 2 feet, it’s easy to navigate and super stable
  • Paddlers in these boats travel with the rest of the ducky pack - a “mother ducky” leads the way
  • Minimum age 6
 
 FunYAK
 funyak FunYAK
  • The one-person inflatable kayak is a favorite for the Summer Gauley at lower water levels
  • Fast and highly responsive, these boats come with thigh-straps for even more control
  • Swimming skills and paddling experience a plus
  • Several guides, also paddling FunYAKs, direct the way and are positioned at more technical features to keep paddler on course
 

     ACE Adventure Resort has been the industry leader and innovator when it comes to outdoor adventures and it requires top of the line equipment and knowledge. We were the first outfitter with self-bailing rafts – we now have a full fleet of specially designed rafts. All of our boats are custom built, high-tech and self-bailing (meaning that water automatically runs out). The air-filled tubes that make up the raft are large and comfortable, providing a very stable platform for your adventure.

New River White Water Rafting

Whitewater Boat Options

When deciding on the intensity level of your river experience, the boat type and size have a big impact. Think of it like driving a sports car versus a mini-van. Both have advantages. It just depends on what you want to do. The boat options below will vary by river section, but the decriptions will give you a good idea of what to expect. Minimum age changes with each boat.

Team Paddling

 16' Raft (8+ Person Raft) Min Age: 12
16-foot-whitewater-raft-image

PADDLE Raft  - Team paddling

  • This is the standard raft size most outfitters use, it is the most stable raft we have and ideal for most water flows
  • With an extra two feet, this raft accommodates 8-9 guests plus the guide
  • Good option for larger groups that want to paddle together as a team or a nervous first timer
  • The goto raft for the Upper New River family Trip
  • Professional guide in every raft
  • Minimum age 12
Go from a 16' Raft to a 14' Raft for no extra charge on most trips - others charge extra!Free Raft Upgrade Promotion
 
 16' Oar Boat (6+ Person Raft) Min Age: 9
16-foot-oar-frame-image

NEW for 2014
OAR Boat – Enjoy the ride

  • With the addition of a frame and 10-foot oars, this raft accommodates up to 6 guests
  • Large oars give your guide more control, making it stable enough for younger children and older family members to join the adventure
  • With this raft option, you can choose to paddle or sit back to enjoy the ride
  • Professional guide in every raft
  • Minimum age 9 
 
 14' Raft (6+ Person Raft) Min Age: 15
 14-foot-whitewater-raft-image Paddle Raft - Team Paddling  
  • Our most popular option for team paddling, this smaller raft is lighter and more maneuverable for the ultimate high-adventure ride
  • With three cross-tubes and roomy seating, it accommodates 6-7 guests plus the guide
  • This boat option is offered on Class II-V(+) river sections
  • The guide provides direction while the paddlers (that’s you) furnish the horsepower – teamwork is critical
  • Minimum age 15
 
 12' Raft (4+ Person Raft) Min Age: 18
 12-foot-whitewater-raft-image  Paddle Raft - Team Paddling
  • If whitewater rafting is one of your top-ten favorite sports, then this action-packed raft may be for you with only two cross-tubes, it is light and super agile and fits 4-5 paddlers plus the guide
  • The smallest commercial raft allowed on the river, this raft makes even the smallest waves and holes a challenge
  • Strong swimming skills and experience in high-siding and bracing are recommended - you have a higher chance of swimming in this raft than the bigger boats
  • This boat option is offered on Class II-V(+) river sections
  • Professional guide in every raft leads the way while paddlers provide the “all forward”
  • Minimum age 18

Solo Paddling

 Single Ducky
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Single Ducky

  • Our most popular option on the Upper New, the ducky is a cross between an inflatable kayak and a canoe
  • Used in class I-III rapids, it sits close to the water’s surface, making the waves feel bigger
  • Easy to paddle in pools and extra stable in rapids, there’s no previous experience necessary
  • Great for those who want to paddle solo, especially teens and preteens who are ready for a little more freedom
  • A “mother ducky” leads the pack and provides instruction along the way
  • Minimum Age: 10
 
 Double Ducky
tandem-duck-whitewater-craft-image Double Ducky
  • Another great option for those who want the excitement of a ducky on the Upper New but have younger children who require the help of an adult (generally ages 6 to 9)
  • Longer than the solo ducky by 2 feet, it’s easy to navigate and super stable
  • Paddlers in these boats travel with the rest of the ducky pack - a “mother ducky” leads the way
  • Minimum age 6
 
 FunYAK
 funyak FunYAK
  • The one-person inflatable kayak is a favorite for the Summer Gauley at lower water levels
  • Fast and highly responsive, these boats come with thigh-straps for even more control
  • Swimming skills and paddling experience a plus
  • Several guides, also paddling FunYAKs, direct the way and are positioned at more technical features to keep paddler on course
 

     ACE Adventure Resort has been the industry leader and innovator when it comes to outdoor adventures and it requires top of the line equipment and knowledge. We were the first outfitter with self-bailing rafts – we now have a full fleet of specially designed rafts. All of our boats are custom built, high-tech and self-bailing (meaning that water automatically runs out). The air-filled tubes that make up the raft are large and comfortable, providing a very stable platform for your adventure.

New River White Water Rafting

Whitewater Boat Options

When deciding on the intensity level of your river experience, the boat type and size have a big impact. Think of it like driving a sports car versus a mini-van. Both have advantages. It just depends on what you want to do. The boat options below will vary by river section, but the decriptions will give you a good idea of what to expect. Minimum age changes with each boat.

Team Paddling

 16' Raft (8+ Person Raft) Min Age: 12
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PADDLE Raft  - Team paddling

  • This is the standard raft size most outfitters use, it is the most stable raft we have and ideal for most water flows
  • With an extra two feet, this raft accommodates 8-9 guests plus the guide
  • Good option for larger groups that want to paddle together as a team or a nervous first timer
  • The goto raft for the Upper New River family Trip
  • Professional guide in every raft
  • Minimum age 12
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 16' Oar Boat (6+ Person Raft) Min Age: 9
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NEW for 2014
OAR Boat – Enjoy the ride

  • With the addition of a frame and 10-foot oars, this raft accommodates up to 6 guests
  • Large oars give your guide more control, making it stable enough for younger children and older family members to join the adventure
  • With this raft option, you can choose to paddle or sit back to enjoy the ride
  • Professional guide in every raft
  • Minimum age 9 
 
 14' Raft (6+ Person Raft) Min Age: 15
 14-foot-whitewater-raft-image Paddle Raft - Team Paddling  
  • Our most popular option for team paddling, this smaller raft is lighter and more maneuverable for the ultimate high-adventure ride
  • With three cross-tubes and roomy seating, it accommodates 6-7 guests plus the guide
  • This boat option is offered on Class II-V(+) river sections
  • The guide provides direction while the paddlers (that’s you) furnish the horsepower – teamwork is critical
  • Minimum age 15
 
 12' Raft (4+ Person Raft) Min Age: 18
 12-foot-whitewater-raft-image  Paddle Raft - Team Paddling
  • If whitewater rafting is one of your top-ten favorite sports, then this action-packed raft may be for you with only two cross-tubes, it is light and super agile and fits 4-5 paddlers plus the guide
  • The smallest commercial raft allowed on the river, this raft makes even the smallest waves and holes a challenge
  • Strong swimming skills and experience in high-siding and bracing are recommended - you have a higher chance of swimming in this raft than the bigger boats
  • This boat option is offered on Class II-V(+) river sections
  • Professional guide in every raft leads the way while paddlers provide the “all forward”
  • Minimum age 18

Solo Paddling

 Single Ducky
funyak-whitewater-craft-image

Single Ducky

  • Our most popular option on the Upper New, the ducky is a cross between an inflatable kayak and a canoe
  • Used in class I-III rapids, it sits close to the water’s surface, making the waves feel bigger
  • Easy to paddle in pools and extra stable in rapids, there’s no previous experience necessary
  • Great for those who want to paddle solo, especially teens and preteens who are ready for a little more freedom
  • A “mother ducky” leads the pack and provides instruction along the way
  • Minimum Age: 10
 
 Double Ducky
tandem-duck-whitewater-craft-image Double Ducky
  • Another great option for those who want the excitement of a ducky on the Upper New but have younger children who require the help of an adult (generally ages 6 to 9)
  • Longer than the solo ducky by 2 feet, it’s easy to navigate and super stable
  • Paddlers in these boats travel with the rest of the ducky pack - a “mother ducky” leads the way
  • Minimum age 6
 
 FunYAK
 funyak FunYAK
  • The one-person inflatable kayak is a favorite for the Summer Gauley at lower water levels
  • Fast and highly responsive, these boats come with thigh-straps for even more control
  • Swimming skills and paddling experience a plus
  • Several guides, also paddling FunYAKs, direct the way and are positioned at more technical features to keep paddler on course
 

     ACE Adventure Resort has been the industry leader and innovator when it comes to outdoor adventures and it requires top of the line equipment and knowledge. We were the first outfitter with self-bailing rafts – we now have a full fleet of specially designed rafts. All of our boats are custom built, high-tech and self-bailing (meaning that water automatically runs out). The air-filled tubes that make up the raft are large and comfortable, providing a very stable platform for your adventure.

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Lower New River White Water Rafting in West Virginia

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With big white water rapids accessible enough for first-timers and challenging enough for white water veterans, it's no wonder the Lower New River is our most popular West Virginia rafting trip. New River white water rafting means no waiting for dam releases. That's why we raft the Lower New every day during the West Virginia rafting season.

We even let you customize what size boat you want to paddle , and on most trips, we'll have a kayaker capture the whole affair on video. For those who need more than one day to unwind on the New River, explore the Lower New Overnight West Virginia rafting adventure.

On this trip, you can expect:

  • 20 big-water rapids and calm pools in between for lounging and swimming
  • Eye-popping scenery
  • Jump Rock
  • Wild coal town history
  • Great surfing levels mid and late summer
  • Grilled lunch at the riverside (All day trips only)

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Lower New - All Day 11 $119 $99
Lower New Rapid Run - Half Day 11 $99 $89
New River Gorge Sampler 8 $64 $54
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Double Lower New - All Day 12 $139 $134

Lower New River Packages

There are three package types. All in a Day packages, that include one activity with Breakfast lunch and Dinner, the 1 Day adventure Package, that include a Half Day river trip and one of our other land based adventures and, the Twin Rivers Package, that includes a full day Lower New River trip and another full day on another river section. 

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Lower New All Day 14' Raft 14 $153.00 $119.00
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Lower New Half Day 16' Raft 11 $131.00 $107.00
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Lower New Half Day 14' Raft 14 $141.00 $117.00
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Double Lower New All Day 16' Raft 12 $163.00 $134.00
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Lower New 16' Raft + Resort Gold Pass 11 $135.50 $111.50
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Lower New 14' Raft + Resort Gold Pass 14 $145.50 $121.50
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Lower New 16' Raft + Tandem Zip Line 11 $230.00 $196.00
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Lower New 16' Raft + Rock Climbing 11 $200.00 $171.00
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Lower New 16' Raft + Mountain Bike 11 $200.00 $171.00
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Lower New 16' Raft + Stand Up Paddle Boarding 11 $200.00 $171.00
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Lower New 16' Raft + Lake Kayak Touring 11 $200.00 $171.00
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Lower New 16' Raft + Paintball 11 $190.00 $161.00
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Lower New 16' Raft + Mud Obstacle Course 11 $190.00 $161.00
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Lower New 16' Raft + Heritage Hike 11 $170.00 $141.00
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Lower New 16' Raft + Horseback Riding 11 $190.00 $167.00
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Lower New 16' Raft + Bridge Catwalk 11 $200.00 $176.00
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Lower New 14' Raft + Tandem Zip Line 14 $240.00 $206.00
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Lower New 14' Raft + Mud Obstacle Course 14 $200.00 $171.00
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Lower New 14' Raft + Heritage Hike 14 $180.00 $151.00
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Lower New 14' Raft + Horseback Riding 14 $200.00 $177.00
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Lower New 14' Raft + Bridge Catwalk 14 $210.00 $186.00
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Lower New All Day 16' Raft + Tandem Zip Line 11 $274.50 $225.50
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Lower New All Day 16' Raft + Paintball 12 $234.50 $190.50
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Lower New All Day 16' Raft + Mud Obstacle Course 11 $234.50 $190.50
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Lower New All Day 16' Raft + Team Challenge 11 $244.50 $200.50
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Lower New All Day 16' Raft + Heritage Hike 11 $214.50 $170.50
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Lower New All Day 16' Raft + Horseback Riding 11 $234.50 $195.50
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Lower New All Day 16' Raft + Bridge Catwalk 11 $244.50 $205.50
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Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Tandem Zip Line 14 $284.50 $235.50
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Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Rock Climbing 14 $254.50 $210.50
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Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Mountain Bike 14 $254.50 $210.50
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Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Stand Up Paddle Boarding 14 $254.50 $210.50
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Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Lake Kayak Touring 14 $254.50 $210.50
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Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Paintball 14 $244.50 $200.50
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Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Mud Obstacle Course 14 $244.50 $200.50
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Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Team Challenge 14 $254.50 $210.50
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Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Heritage Hike 14 $224.50 $180.50
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Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Horseback Riding 14 $244.50 $205.50
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Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Bridge Catwalk 14 $254.50 $215.50
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Double Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Tandem Zip Line 14 $299.50 $255.50
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Double Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Rock Climbing 14 $269.50 $230.50
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Double Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Mountain Bike 14 $269.50 $230.50
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Double Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Paintball 14 $259.50 $220.50
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Double Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Mud Obstacle Course 14 $259.50 $220.50
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Double Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Bridge Catwalk 14 $269.50 $235.50
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Upper New All Day + Lower New All Day 16' Raft 11 $284.50 $186.00
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Upper New All Day + Lower New All Day 14' Raft 14 $294.50 $196.00
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Lower New All Day 16' Raft + Fall Upper Gauley All Day 16' Raft 15 $324.50 $285.50
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Lower New All Day 16' Raft + Fall Lower Gauley All Day 16' Raft 12 $324.50 $285.50
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Lower New All Day 16' Raft + Summer Gauley All Day FunYak 15 $289.50 $250.50
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Lower New All Day 16' Raft + Summer Gauley All Day Raft 15 $299.50 $260.50
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Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Fall Upper Gauley All Day 14' Raft 15 $344.50 $305.50
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Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Fall Lower Gauley All Day 14' Raft 15 $344.50 $305.50
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Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Summer Gauley All Day FunYak 15 $299.50 $260.50
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Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Summer Gauley All Day Raft 15 $309.50 $270.50
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"Had a great time on the river with these guys,saftey was top notch, went over all river hazards as we came up on the rapids undercut rocks and also (...)

Shane W
Monday, 09 September 2013

From Our Blog

Don’t Judge a Rapid by its Class

What does a rapid class really mean anyway? After spending much of my summer at ACE Adventure Resort white water rafting, I have learned to not judge a rapid by its class. If you have ever been rafting, you will remember the guide giving a talking up of each rapid, in which they describe what “class” it is. The class can range from 1-5 and it describes just how intense that particular rapid is. Obviously, the really gnarly rapids are that of the 5, while the tamer and easily overcome rapids are more like a class 2. While this is true, you can’t allow the class of a rapid to rule your judgment of how intense of a hit it can be. Many first time rafters or even those who have only been a handful of times tend to take that of the middle ground of rapids, like a class 3, for granted. If you have ever rafted the New River and remember ...
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*For your safety, ACE reserves the right to change age requirement, river section or river if unusual water levels occur. Minimum age is 11 for normal summer flows mid-June through October. Minimum height is 56” tall. During spring-like water levels higher than 5’ (10,000 cfs), minimum age may be raised at our discretion.


 

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Lower New River White Water Rafting in West Virginia

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With big white water rapids accessible enough for first-timers and challenging enough for white water veterans, it's no wonder the Lower New River is our most popular West Virginia rafting trip. New River white water rafting means no waiting for dam releases. That's why we raft the Lower New every day during the West Virginia rafting season.

We even let you customize what size boat you want to paddle , and on most trips, we'll have a kayaker capture the whole affair on video. For those who need more than one day to unwind on the New River, explore the Lower New Overnight West Virginia rafting adventure.

On this trip, you can expect:

  • 20 big-water rapids and calm pools in between for lounging and swimming
  • Eye-popping scenery
  • Jump Rock
  • Wild coal town history
  • Great surfing levels mid and late summer
  • Grilled lunch at the riverside (All day trips only)

 

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    Trip Description Min Age Regular Rate Adult Regular Rate Youth Book Online
    Lower New - All Day 11 $119 $99
    Lower New Rapid Run - Half Day 11 $99 $89
    New River Gorge Sampler 8 $64 $54
    Call To Book
    Double Lower New - All Day 12 $139 $134
  • There are three package types. All in a Day packages, that include one activity with Breakfast lunch and Dinner, the 1 Day adventure Package, that include a Half Day river trip and one of our other land based adventures and, the Twin Rivers Package, that includes a full day Lower New River trip and another full day on another river section. 

     
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    Lower New All Day 16' Raft 11 $143.00 $109.00
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    Lower New All Day 14' Raft 14 $153.00 $119.00
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    Lower New Half Day 16' Raft 11 $131.00 $107.00
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    Double Lower New All Day 16' Raft 12 $163.00 $134.00
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    Double Lower New All Day 14' Raft 14 $168.00 $139.00
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    Lower New 16' Raft + Resort Gold Pass 11 $135.50 $111.50
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    Lower New 14' Raft + Resort Gold Pass 14 $145.50 $121.50
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    Lower New 16' Raft + Tandem Zip Line 11 $230.00 $196.00
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    Lower New 16' Raft + Stand Up Paddle Boarding 11 $200.00 $171.00
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    Lower New 16' Raft + Paintball 11 $190.00 $161.00
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    Lower New 16' Raft + Heritage Hike 11 $170.00 $141.00
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    Lower New 16' Raft + Horseback Riding 11 $190.00 $167.00
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    Lower New 14' Raft + Heritage Hike 14 $180.00 $151.00
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    Lower New 14' Raft + Horseback Riding 14 $200.00 $177.00
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    Lower New 14' Raft + Bridge Catwalk 14 $210.00 $186.00
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    Lower New All Day 16' Raft + Tandem Zip Line 11 $274.50 $225.50
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    Lower New All Day 16' Raft + Lake Kayak Touring 11 $244.50 $200.50
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    Lower New All Day 16' Raft + Paintball 12 $234.50 $190.50
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    Lower New All Day 16' Raft + Mud Obstacle Course 11 $234.50 $190.50
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    Lower New All Day 16' Raft + Team Challenge 11 $244.50 $200.50
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    Lower New All Day 16' Raft + Heritage Hike 11 $214.50 $170.50
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    Lower New All Day 16' Raft + Horseback Riding 11 $234.50 $195.50
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    Lower New All Day 16' Raft + Bridge Catwalk 11 $244.50 $205.50
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    Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Tandem Zip Line 14 $284.50 $235.50
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    Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Rock Climbing 14 $254.50 $210.50
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    Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Mountain Bike 14 $254.50 $210.50
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    Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Stand Up Paddle Boarding 14 $254.50 $210.50
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    Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Lake Kayak Touring 14 $254.50 $210.50
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    Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Paintball 14 $244.50 $200.50
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    Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Mud Obstacle Course 14 $244.50 $200.50
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    Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Team Challenge 14 $254.50 $210.50
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    Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Heritage Hike 14 $224.50 $180.50
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    Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Horseback Riding 14 $244.50 $205.50
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    Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Bridge Catwalk 14 $254.50 $215.50
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    Double Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Tandem Zip Line 14 $299.50 $255.50
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    Double Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Rock Climbing 14 $269.50 $230.50
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    Double Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Mountain Bike 14 $269.50 $230.50
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    Double Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Paintball 14 $259.50 $220.50
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    Double Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Mud Obstacle Course 14 $259.50 $220.50
    Call To Book
    Double Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Bridge Catwalk 14 $269.50 $235.50
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    Upper New All Day + Lower New All Day 16' Raft 11 $284.50 $186.00
    Call To Book
    Upper New All Day + Lower New All Day 14' Raft 14 $294.50 $196.00
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    Lower New All Day 16' Raft + Fall Upper Gauley All Day 16' Raft 15 $324.50 $285.50
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    Lower New All Day 16' Raft + Fall Lower Gauley All Day 16' Raft 12 $324.50 $285.50
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    Lower New All Day 16' Raft + Summer Gauley All Day FunYak 15 $289.50 $250.50
    Book Now
    Lower New All Day 16' Raft + Summer Gauley All Day Raft 15 $299.50 $260.50
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    Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Fall Upper Gauley All Day 14' Raft 15 $344.50 $305.50
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    Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Fall Lower Gauley All Day 14' Raft 15 $344.50 $305.50
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    Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Summer Gauley All Day FunYak 15 $299.50 $260.50
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    Lower New All Day 14' Raft + Summer Gauley All Day Raft 15 $309.50 $270.50
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  • "Whitewater Rafting"

    "Had a great time on the river with these guys,saftey was top notch, went over all river hazards as we came up on the rapids undercut rocks and also (...)

    Shane W
    Monday, 09 September 2013
  • Don’t Judge a Rapid by its Class

    What does a rapid class really mean anyway? After spending much of my summer at ACE Adventure Resort white water rafting, I have learned to not judge a rapid by its class. If you have ever been rafting, you will remember the guide giving a talking up of each rapid, in which they describe what “class” it is. The class can range from 1-5 and it describes just how intense that particular rapid is. Obviously, the really gnarly rapids are that of the 5, while the tamer and easily overcome rapids are more like a class 2. While this is true, you can’t allow the class of a rapid to rule your judgment of how intense of a hit it can be. Many first time rafters or even those who have only been a handful of times tend to take that of the middle ground of rapids, like a class 3, for granted. If you have ever rafted the New River and remember ...
    Read More

*For your safety, ACE reserves the right to change age requirement, river section or river if unusual water levels occur. Minimum age is 11 for normal summer flows mid-June through October. Minimum height is 56” tall. During spring-like water levels higher than 5’ (10,000 cfs), minimum age may be raised at our discretion.


 

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Family West Virginia Rafting on the Upper New River

 


Family White Water Rafting. The rapids on the Upper New are perfect for newbies. What you'll find here are easy waves and bouncy ledges, with just the right amount of splash for the little rafters. Perfect for the whole family, this West Virginia Rafting experience features:

  • Raft or Duckies – your choice! (River levels permitting)
  • Fun, kid-friendly rapids
  • Swimming (plenty of it)
  • River games
  • Kid-approved hot-grilled lunch


The Upper New River is Mother Nature's own waterpark without the lines. Play the whole day away and worry about nothing but fun and relaxation; ACE will take care of the rest. From getting you to and from the river to blowing up boats to serving lunch, we've got you covered. It's as no-hassle as a family vacation can be.
One day of white water rafting not enough? Make the most of your family time with an overnight family whitewater rafting trip and not only enjoy this great stretch of family whitewater, but also enjoy an evening of riverside camping complete with meals and s'mores. If you're looking for a little more white water, check out Lower New River rafting

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2014 Peak Days: Saturdays 5/3 - 10/18, 5/25, 7/4, 8/31

Don't forget:

  • Trip Length — All Day
  • Meals — Lunch
  • Season —  May - October
  • Minimum Age — 6 Years (24-inch chest size, minimum)
  • Minimum Age to paddle a ducky solo: 10
  • Difficulty — Easier (Class I-III+)
  • Boat Options — 1- & 2-Person Duckies and Rafts
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The Upper New River is filled with history from the coal mining era in the New River Gorge. From Henry Ford's silica sand mine to the old miner's hospital and nurses school in McKendree, West Virginia history abounds on both sides of the river. Ask your guide for stories about life in the coal fields as you float downstream on your West Virginia rafting trip.

What is the difference between a Raft and a Ducky?

  • ACE rafts are 16-feet, custom built, high-tech and self-bailing (meaning that water automatically runs out). The air-filled tubes that make up the raft are large and comfortable, providing a very stable platform to relax and enjoy the breath-taking views of the Upper New. Crews paddle together with a guide to maneuver through the rapids and there is very little chance of falling out... unless you choose to.
  • ACE duckies come in the one or two person variety. A cross between a canoe and kayak, these inflatable boats are stable, lightweight, highly maneuverable and easy to paddle. They are a blast and are our most popular craft on the Upper New. The freedom of choosing your own path, deciding to take the smooth route or jumping into the main part of a rapid is up to you. Duckies make even the smallest rapid a thrilling and exciting adventure. And dont worry, there will be a guide out there with you to help show the way.
  • So you can either go it alone in a solo ducky or have a friend ride along with you in a tandem ducky. You must be at least 10 years old to paddle your own ducky. Parents can take children as young as 6 in a tandem ducky!

*Note: For some of the young ones, a full day of paddling a ducky can get tiring. Make sure your guides take a raft you can get in and tie the duckies off the back for the best experience and have the kids switch out.

What To Wear

May - August:

  • Shorts and/or bathing suit
  • Hat (you will be wearing a helmet on the river)
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • River sandals or old shoes
  • A big smile
  • Video - What To Wear

What To Bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Personal prescription medication
  • Extra layer
  • Waterproof camera
  • The kids

Don't Bring

  • Towels
  • Rings, jewelry. watches, wallets or other valuables you'd rather not lose or get wet
  • Car keys
  • Non-waterproof camera

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White Water Rafting

West Virginia White Water Rafting and Adventures at ACE Adventure Resort

Sometimes you have to experience a thing to "get it". White water rafting in West Virginia is one of those things. There's something about moving water -- the glassy surface breaking into foam, the way it can sound like laughter or thunder -- that draws us to it over and over again. Check it out below.

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Upper New River Rafting

West Virginia Vacations is perfect for the kids, even if they don't know they love it yet. The Upper New River is calm for you, adventurous for them. It's dotted with bouncy beginner rapids and filled with some of the greatest swimming holes you'll ever splash in. We serve a grilled riverside lunch and play games on the river throughout the whole trip. You'll be officially named the greatest parent ever.

IT'S FAMILY TIME! TRIPS STARTING AT $69 PER PERSON

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Lower New River Rafting

New River Rafting = America's Best White Water. The Lower New River Rafting — winding through a 1,000-foot deep gorge lined with spectacular sandstone cliffs — is our most popular West Virginia rafting trip. Whether you're a first-timer or coming back for more, Lower New River white water rafting is great for a range of skill levels. Enjoy rolling to full-on-soaking rapids with the help of our expert guides in the "Grand Canyon Of The East."  From the big water in the spring to surfing West Virginia-style in the summer, white water rafting the Lower New River will leave you with a big old smile on your face.

GIVE ME THE CLASSIC! TRIPS STARTING AT $89

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Summer Gauley River Rafting

Shhh! It's a secret. Looking for something, um, different? If you've got a few white water rafting runs under your belt and are looking for something a little more challenging, well, the Summer Gauley is it. Get big thrills, and get the river all to yourself. ACE is the only company rafting the Gauley River in summer day in and day out. Our guides will help you navigate the Gauley River, maybe in a raft, maybe in an inflatable kayak (FunYak), depending on the day's water levels. Gauley River in the summer is the hidden gem of West Virginia rafting; Come visit and find out why. 

ADVENTURE ME, PLEASE! TRIPS STARTING AT $119 PER PERSON
 

Fall Gauley Season?
If you don't know, you ought to ask somebody.

If you've been, then you don't need to be reminded this West Virginia rafting experience is a must-do item on every American's "bucket list."  Gauley River rafting combines gorgeous views with awesome action, and ACE offers trips for different adventure levels.

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Fall Lower Gauley

If big waves, fun rafting, and incredible scenery sound good to you, Lower Gauley River rafting is the perfect trip for you. Medium to humongous rapids are plentiful in this stretch of river. The Lower Gauley might not get the hype of the Upper, but it's got plenty of twists, turns and big hits to keep you on your toes. Dam-controlled releases in September and October dial up prime West Virginia rafting for you. Raft the Lower Gauley. You'll be glad you did.

HIT ME, LOWER G! TRIPS STARTING AT $109 PER PERSON
 
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Fall Upper Gauley

Gauley white water rafting is like this: Ride a roller coaster right to the top, and look over the drop. Repeat. And repeat, and repeat some more. It's the biggest, wildest, awesome-est time you can have in a raft — hands down. If Gauley River rafting is not already on your "bucket list," get out your pen. If you're ready for it, this West Virginia rafting treat is ready for you.

I'M READY (I Think)  TRIPS STARTING AT $109 PER PERSON
 
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Overnight West Virginia Rafting

You want to get away? Like, really get away? An Overnight Rafting Trip is exactly what you need. Trade in your cell phone's ring for the sound of a rushing river. Eat like royalty, and camp in comfort. We run New River and Gauley River rafting overnights. This slice of white water rafting in West Virginia is as exciting as it is relaxing. At ACE, we're roughing it easy.

DRIFT ME OFF TRIPS STARTING AT $334 PER PERSON 

Overnight West Virginia Rafting Trips

 

OVERNIGHT RAFTING TRIPS on the New & Gauley rivers.

River Rafting

Upper New Overnight

The Upper New Overnight whitewater rafting trip is 2 full days of swimming and splashing for the kids, and plenty of floating and daydreaming for you. These are bouncy, splashy rapids — totally "not scary." Your campsite? We've got the perfect spot. We camp riverside, and the waves lull you to sleep.

Give me FAMILY TIME! TRIPS STARTING AT $274/ PER PERSON (YOUTH SAVE $50)

New River Rafting

Lower New Overnight

Whitewater rafting the Lower New River is like getting on a slip-n-slide roller coaster inside a washing machine. It’s pretty wild. On the Lower New overnight whitewater rafting trip, you’ll get 2 days of action and relaxin'. Paddle an inflatable kayak one day and jump in a raft to hit the heart of New River Gorge the next. Our guides cook as well as they paddle — so you know you'll eat well on this trip.

Camp in the gorge! TRIPS STARTING AT $299/ PER PERSON (YOUTH SAVE $50)

Rafting Trip

Summer Gauley Overnight

In the summer, we take you to parts of the Gauley River no one else can. Add a little camping, and you’re in for an experience that truly gets you out in the wilderness and away from it all. This trip is one of West Virginia's hidden treasures, and only ACE offers the Summer Gauley Overnight whitewater rafting trip on a regular basis. Two days of high-adventure in rafts or FunYaks — it's fun no matter what we paddle.

Summer Gauley Escape!   CALL FOR CUSTOM TRIP PRICES

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Fall Gauley Overnight

The Fall Gauley Overnight whitewater rafting trip is the total package. Go camping and raft the world’s best whitewater at the same time. Well, not exactly at the same time. It's 2 full days of seriously fun rafting, over 70 rapids total. Plus a waterfall. Plus surfing. Plus fresh-grilled riverside meals. Combine some of the best rafting in the United states and the easiest camping trip you'll ever take and you've got the makings of an unforgettable Gauley River rafting adventure.

S'Mores Gauley style!   TRIPS STARTING AT $334/ PER PERSON
 
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