Whitewater rafting at New River Gorge: The ultimate family adventure

The Lower New River Gorge excursion Cortney Fries and her family took with Adventures on the Gorge includes approximately 25 Class II to IV rapids on a full-day trip.

I’d never been whitewater rafting before, but I wanted our visit to New River Gorge National Park and Preserve in West Virginia to be the pinnacle of our recent family vacation, so I chose a trip with Adventures on the Gorge in hopes that my 10-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son would have a great summer vacation memory to look back on when school arrived in the fall. 

Adventures on the Gorge is an outdoor outfitter with a resort on the rim of the gorge inside America’s newest national park and the resort was our base camp for a couple of nights. The plan was to challenge ourselves to a nighttime aerial obstacle course and a whitewater rafting adventure before heading home to prepare for the start of school.