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
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
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 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.  

MORE INFO

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.


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.

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.

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