“August is beautiful in the New River Gorge. This special is a great way for people to get out on the water – all while enjoying everything that nature has to offer; without breaking the bank.” says River Expeditions Owner, Rick Johnson. “The huge variety of activities both onsite and locally means that there is never a quiet moment – unless you want there to be!”
The New River is rich with history, culture, and of course – whitewater rafting. Other fun activities that can be done in and around the gorge include fishing, kayaking, scenic float trips, ATV tours, hiking, horseback riding, and much more! The river splits into two distinct sections – the Upper and Lower New Rivers. The Upper is a great option for new or nervous rafters who want a fun and easy introduction to the water. The Lower, which is commonly referred to as “The Grand Canyon of the East” is perfect for the experienced, adrenaline-seeking rafter. Both routes are incredible experiences, and the pace of the Upper New River makes it an ideal trip for families and children aged 6 or older. August generally brings water temperatures of about 70 degrees – so hitting the river is a great way to cool off.
Whitewater rafting consists of navigating down a stretch of river on an inflatable raft. Trips generally last for about 5-7 hours, including lunch. Experience is not necessary for some trips, nor is the ability to swim – but the latter is helpful. Each guest is provided will all proper safety equipment: a Coast Guard approved Type V Life Jacket, Paddle, and Helmet.