West Virginia Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rivers in West Virginia


Cheat River in spring provides for some of the most exciting whitewater rafting in West Virginia, though its 24-mile run is technically demanding.

Gauley River

The Gauley River is one of the world's best known whitewater rafting rivers and is especially popular in autumn during high water in Gauley Season.

New River

The New River ranks among the most popular whitewater rafting rivers in the U.S. Others may offer more challenges, but few offer such majesty.

North Branch

The North Branch of the Potomac in autumn becomes one the most thrilling-but-gentle whitewater rafting runs in West Virginia.

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The Potomac River near Harpers Ferry attract thousands of whitewater enthusiasts in spring and early summer in concert with the Shenandoah.

Shenandoah River

The Shenandoah River upstream of Harpers Ferry is a popular and easily accessible destination for whitewater rafting in West Virginia.

Tygart River

The Tygart River is among the least rafted and least known of whitewater rafting rivers in West Virginia, principally because of a lack of access.

Map: Rafting Areas