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New Rafting River whitewater

June 21st, 2017 ernie Posted in West Virginia No Comments »

New Rafting River whitewaterThousands of adventure thrill seekers of all ages will go down the spectacular New River Gorge to find whitewater rafting. This is the New Rafting River whitewater on the world class Gauley River Canyon, every year. The New & Gauley River Adventures are some of the best in the wild wonderful mountain areas of West Virginia.

New River or Gauley River offers a variety of river rafting whitewater trips for paddlers of all skill levels, beginner to expert, young or old, mild or wild. Gauley rafting river whitewater adventures range from a 2 hour rafting express trip, to full day lower New River rafting , Gauley River rafting or a multi day extended vacation.

There are several companies that provide whitewater rafting tours and excursions along the Gauley river in West Virginia. They offer a variety of vacation packages ranging from half day trips to multi day camping and whitewater adventure tours.

New Rafting River whitewater

The fun doesn’t stop at river’s edge, either. Year-round, complete vacation packages for individuals, groups or families can include, guided fishing trips, horseback riding / sleigh rides in winter, kayaking, hiking, biking , rock climbing instruction, 4 x 4 back road tours, snow shoeing, all along the Gauley river. After your adventure settle in for a relaxing evening at a campground or one of the many cozy cabins or cottages in the area.

World class staff , guides, shuttle drivers and adventure consultants, are friendly, highly skilled outdoor professionals, committed to safety, service and hospitality. Small wonder so many returning guests come back every year for White Water Rafting and outdoor adventure in the mountains of Mountains of Wild Wonderful West Virginia.

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Gauley Rafting River whitewater

March 14th, 2017 ernie Posted in West Virginia No Comments »

Thousands of adventure thrill seekers of all ages will go down the spectacular New River Gorge, and the world class Gauley River Canyon, every year. The New & Gauley River Adventures are some of the best in the wild wonderful mountain areas of West Virginia. The Gauley rafting river whitewater offers great experiences.

New River or Gauley River offers a variety of river rafting trips for paddlers of all skill levels, beginner to expert, young or old, mild or wild. Gauley rafting river whitewater adventures range from a 2 hour rafting express trip, to full day lower New River rafting , Gauley River rafting or a multi day extended vacation. There are several companies that provide whitewater rafting tours and excursions along the Gauley river in West Virginia. They offer a variety of vacation packages ranging from half day trips to multi day camping and whitewater adventure tours.

Gauley Rafting River whitewater

The fun doesn’t stop at river’s edge, either. Year-round, complete vacation packages for individuals, groups or families can include, guided fishing trips, horseback riding / sleigh rides in winter, kayaking, hiking, biking , rock climbing instruction, 4 x 4 back road tours, snow shoeing, all along the Gauley river. After your adventure settle in for a relaxing evening at a campground or one of the many cozy cabins or cottages in the area.

World class staff , guides, shuttle drivers and adventure consultants, are friendly, highly skilled outdoor professionals, committed to safety, service and hospitality. Small wonder so many returning guests come back every year for White Water Rafting and outdoor adventure in the mountains of Mountains of Wild Wonderful West Virginia.

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In Rafting Virginia west whitewater

February 14th, 2017 ernie Posted in West Virginia No Comments »

Rafting Virginia west whitewaterWest Virginia’s “Wild, and Wonderful” mountains host TWO of America’s best and most popular West Virginia whitewater rafting rivers…the New and the Gauley. Surrounded on three sides by the New River Gorge National River Park. Close to the Gauley River Corridor, you’ll find the finest selection of exciting rafting whitewater adventures available anywhere in the country!

From easy, family-friendly “mildwater” rafting to the biggest and most exciting world-class whitewater. The New and Gauley rivers can be run in the Spring, Summer and Fall. With each season bringing its own unique selection of rafting adventure in West Virginia.

Paddle America’s oldest river canyon, that has been designated a National Treasure administered by the National Park Service (NPS). Over 20 legendary bigwater rapids await you on the Lower New. Huge spring water for the fearless, summer’s refreshing roller-coaster waves for the family, and a burst of fall color for everyone means the Lower New has something for everyone!

Rafting Virginia west whitewater

Beginner-friendly whitewater rapids make this the perfect trip for laid-back adventure in the great outdoors. You’ll raft through a magnificent 1,400-foot canyon and enjoy some of the East’s most spectacular scenery. The Upper New River is unique in its geology. It was formed over 300 million years ago, making it the world’s 2nd oldest river. This section of river offers our mildest guided trips. Learn about local history, play games, and enjoy a great riverside lunch. Skilled professionals guide every trip.

Boiling up from the depths of Summersville Lake for 22 days during September and October comes Fall Gauley Season. The palpable energy of the legendary Gauley River lures thousands of whitewater rafting enthusiasts from around the world every year. You’ll never feel more charged or more triumphant than when you have conquered the most adrenaline-packed day of rafting found in all of North America!

With its sheer cliffs and rhododendron-lined banks, the Lower Gauley River is the state’s most beautiful river…and Class V too! This section’s 14 action-packed miles feature towering waves and raft-munching holes…including three Class V rapids. We recommend the Lower Gauley to both first-time rafters and experienced paddlers. It’s less intimidating than the Upper Gauley, but every bit as much fun.

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Rafting Whitewater WV

January 14th, 2017 ernie Posted in West Virginia No Comments »

Rafting Whitewater WVWhitewater Rafting in WV on the Lower New River Gorge lets you experience over 20 legendary big water rapids.

Huge spring water for the fearless, summer’s refreshing, roller-coaster waves for the family, and a burst of fall color for everyone means the Lower New WV has something for every group. Whitewater rafting on the Lower New River, America’s oldest river canyon, designated as a National Treasure and administered by the National Park Service.
Check out the beginner-friendly rapids that make the Whitewater Rafting Upper New River trip the perfect trip for laid-back, family adventure in the great outdoors.

You’ll raft through a magnificent 1,400-foot canyon and enjoy some of the East’s most spectacular scenery.

Rafting Whitewater WV

The Gauley River also in WV offers whitewater rafting today and has drawn men and women to its banks for more than 200 years, boasting enough diverse attractions that it has been enshrined in congressional legislation as a National Recreation Area.

For history lovers, the Gauley story mirrors the story of the United States. The tale of the Gauley River 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, industrialization that came with timber, mining and railroads. The great civil works projects of the 1960s saw construction of the Summersville Dam near the Gauley’s headwaters, a marvel of engineering to behold.

The Gauley River’s reputation these days is built on recreation. World-class rafting and kayaking trips wind their way through the Gauley’s three sections: the Upper, Middle and Lower, each offering alternative difficulty levels and scenery. River outfitters offer trips from Spring to Fall, depending on local precipitation and water released by the Army Corps of Engineers from the Summersville Dam.

The boating culminates with the official “Gauley Season,” a 22-day schedule of releases for whitewater enthusiasts in September and October. The Gauley attracts more than 60,000 paddlers each year with world-famous rapids such as “Insignificant,” “Pillow Rock” and “Sweet’s Falls.”

Wildlife watchers can find deer and even bear along the 26-mile corridor that stretches from the Summersville Dam to the Gauley’s confluence with 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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White Water Rafting Shenandoah River

December 7th, 2011 ernie Posted in West Virginia No Comments »

Rafting Trip – White Water Rafting Shenandoah RiverWhite Water Rafting Shenandoah River

Description – 7 Mile excursion, 2 to 3 hours on the river. Spring and fall include white water rapids, while the summer provides more gentle rapids with lots of swimming opportunities. Pick your dates based on the type of excursion you would like to go on and book early, especially if there is a large group of people planning to go. Summer time rafting can be quite pleasant, especially once the river water warms up and the days are hot.

White water rafting on the Shenandoah river is near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, and is located where Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia come together. White water rafting on the Shenandoah river is close to both Washington, DC and Baltimore – only an hour away.

River Rating – Spring and Fall – Class I-III, spring runoffs are generally higher and provide a more thrilling ride, while summertime trips are more tranquil. These summer time trips  are ideal for the novice and those who would prefer the more restful type of trip were you can enjoy the scenery. Spring and fall trips are for those people who had some experience and are also looking for a thrill.

Number of Rapids – “The Dam”, “The Needles Rapid”, “Wake Up Call” and the all time favorite “White Horse”.

Minimum Age – During spring and fall -ages 6-8 years (50 lbs)

Departure Dates – Daily March through November, book early if you want specific trips and dates

Boat Type – white water rafts, with all of the associated gear.

What to Bring – An extra set of dry clothes, swimming suit. The outfitters pretty much provide everything else, however it is a good idea to check with the outfitter you plan to use to see what they provide vs. what each person needs to bring with them. Most people will bring extra clothes and may bring extra snacks to snack on when the trip is over. Your outfitter may also provide snacks as well, although it is good to confirm. Sometimes for some people, the snacks might not be enough to satisfy your appetite and you will need to bring some of your own.

Reviews – None that we saw

Outfitters – yes, several

White water rafting is a great sport that you can have a lot of fun with. Always make sure you have a life jacket on and secured tightly in the proper manner. Your navigator and out rigger company should provide you with all of the appropriate safety gear and instructions. Listening and following these instructions could save your life.

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Rafting the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers

May 14th, 2010 ernie Posted in West Virginia 1 Comment »

Rafting the ShenandoahThe final stretches of the Shenandoah River tumbles into the Potomac, carving a spectacular 6.5-mile watercourse through the Blue Ridge Mountains offering great Maryland whitewater rafting. Rafting the Shenandoah and travel on these two rivers through three states (Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia) on unforgettable 2 to 4.5 hour guided rafting whitewater trips. Rafting the Shenandoah.

During periods of low water the trip is exclusively on the Potomac, coursing through a majestic water gap, with a view Thomas Jefferson wrote was worth a voyage across the Atlantic. Both trips offer Class I-III whitewater, made up of some mellow water, permitting splashing and floating, multiple riffles and ledges, and challenging rapids such as “Bull Falls” and “White Horse.”

Experienced guides lead your trip, showing you the best route through the rapids while entertaining you with tales from the river. As you float by Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, learn about events that lead up to the Civil War.

Whitewater Rafting the North Branch and Rafting the Shenandoah

A step up from the Shenandoah / Potomac River raft trip is the Potomac’s North Branch guided tour. Spring and Fall releases from Jennings Randolph Dam near Keyser, West Virginia and Bloomington, Maryland provide for optimum levels of whitewater rafting.

This trip, only three hours from the Washington DC area, is nestled in the heart of the Potomac Highlands, making for a fantastic day, overnight, or weekend getaway. Rapids are continuous Class II-III+ , and the high water volumes and steeper gradient of the North Branch create waves and rollers up to six feet high. Sections of calm water permit cliff-jumping, relaxation, and swimming.

Wet suits are suggested due to the coldness of the water and air temperatures. These suits are provided by many rafting companies, while others will charge a nominal fee. Some companies will also offer deals if you book for more than one trip at a time or have larger groups that are booking at the same time. Inquire with the white water company you are booking with.

If you enjoy outdoor cook outs then you will also enjoy these rafting trips. Depending on the trip, your guide will prepare a wonderful outdoor meal which tastes spectacular in the fresh air after rafting down the river.

Other Things to do in the Area

For those who want to make a getaway or mini vacation of the trip…Mineral County and the surrounding Potomac Highlands provide many outdoor and indoor activities that would interest visitors of all ages.

If you have interests in caving, photography, nature walks, hiking, country music, biking, festivals, fairs, antiques, old time train rides or just sitting on a mountain side and marveling at the majesty of it all, you will have come to the right place.

There are many out doors activities that will appeal to all ages and activity levels. If a some of your party really do not want to take in the white water rafting experience, they can enjoy the scenery from the shore, go hiking or enjoy a few cool beers in one of the local  pubs. There are lots to do in the area and anyone who really enjoys the outdoors will enjoy a weekened or two in the Shenandoah and Potomac river areas.

The US has a lot of limestone and limestone is great for allowing running water to build caves throughout it. Caving may not be for everyone, especially if you do not like wet tight places. Most caves are wet, meaning that there is water either dripping or running in the cave. With the running water the cave is actually still being built and changing, all be it very slowly. Dry caves on the other hand are not changing and do not have water running through them. They are more pleasant to hike in, but you may not see some of the grander sites in these caves that you would see in a wet cave.

Enjoy the outdoors and everything that this area has to offer. Leave your comments to help readers appreciate this area of the US.

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