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West Virginia White Water Rafting - WV Whitewater
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West Virginia White Water Rafting - WV Whitewater
West Virginia White Water Rafting - WV Whitewater
West Virginia White Water Rafting - WV Whitewater
West Virginia White Water Rafting - WV Whitewater
West Virginia White Water Rafting - WV Whitewater
West Virginia White Water Rafting - WV Whitewater
West Virginia White Water Rafting - WV Whitewater
West Virginia White Water Rafting - WV Whitewater
West Virginia White Water Rafting - WV Whitewater
West Virginia White Water Rafting - WV Whitewater
West Virginia White Water Rafting - WV Whitewater
West Virginia White Water Rafting - WV Whitewater


 
Rivers: The New River

A contradiction in terms
The New River is the oldest river in the western hemisphere. From its quiet beginnings in North Carolina, it meanders northward, growing in volume and velocity, until it reaches West Virginia. There it enters the New River Gorge and becomes the New River Gorge National River.

With its average width of one mile, the New River Gorge is justifiably called by many the "Grand Canyon of the East." The beauty of its ancient walls makes it one of the east's most spectacular canyons. The rim depth ranges from 700 to 1,300 feet, and the river drops approximately 240 feet over a 14-mile stretch, creating the biggest whitewater river in the east. This legendary path boasts class I to V rapids that rival the west's Colorado.

A river of varying temperament, the New is usually divided into three sections for an assortment of trips. The upper New lends itself well to leisurely float and fishing trips, while the middle New offers more rapids in the class II to III range, suitable for breaking in novices. The wildest and most popular trip on the New is the lower section. No experience is required as the trip begins. Milder rapids gradually increase in size and difficulty from class II to class V. There is ample time for your guide to acquaint you with paddling strokes and maneuvers before you rush through Surprise, Double Z, Miller's Folly and Thread the Needle. Other favorite spots on the lower New include Swimmer's Rapid and Jump Rock.


River Tidbits...
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::  River Classes
::  Water and Crafts
::  Directions

The Rivers...
::  New
::  Gauley
::  Cheat
::  Tygart
::  Shenandoah
::  Potomac





 
 
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