West Virginia Rivers
The Cheat River is a tributary of the Monongahela river, located in Albright WV just outside of Morgantown, WV. The Cheat is a river of great beauty. Enormous boulders build a spectacular river that ranges from “nice and easy” to “raucous and raging.” The Cheat Canyon is a very popular location for whitewater enthusiasts along the east coast as it has several class III-V rapids. The Cheat Canyon is an exciting adventure, dropping an impressive 300 ft. in ten miles. Put your paddling skills to the test as you travel through Big Nasty, High Falls and Coliseum rapids as you experience a West Virginia classic.
The New River is actually one of the oldest rivers in the world, settled inside a gorgeous canyon, rafting the Lower Section of the New River, from Thurmond to Fayette Station, is one of the most popular white water rafting trips in the country. This trip provides enough challenges to thrill even seasoned veterans, but is also excellent for first-timers. Rafting the New River in the summer includes a whitewater cascade through 25 rapids--a dazzling combination of beautiful scenery, calm, relaxing pools, and fantastic whitewater. The final rapid Fayette Station finishes underneath the New River Gorge Bridge, With a length of 3,030 feet (924 m), it was for many years the longest in the world of that type It is now the third largest arch bridge in the world Its arch extends 1,700 feet across the canyon. The bridge is also famous for “Bridge Day” when people from all around the world gather to BASE jump off the bridge.
Location: Fayetteville, West Virginia
Vigorous rapids, magnificent scenery and accessibility combine to make Gauley River rafting one of world’s top whitewater experiences. This unspoiled river canyon features more than 100 steep and technical rapids with huge waves. The Gauley River was the chosen site for the World Whitewater Rafting Championships in 2001. The Gauley is unique in that during the September through October season, the dam is released creating class IV-V rapids, some of the best on the planet, including five class V rapids. Pillow rock is a very well known rapid on the Gauley, At least as far as rafts are concerned there are two main routes through this one. The first starts through a narrow slot on the right. At the top, there are some knuckle rocks that can mess up your line on the left side of this channel. From here the waterway quickly opens up and picks up speed. You'll want to be maneuvering your way to the left through this section for a couple of reasons. First of all, you'll want to stay clear of the right shore. The water over here sieves under and through the rocks on the bank, so if you want to get a dramatic ride up on the pillow at the bottom of the rapid, you'll also want to get to the left to avoid the meat of the hole at the bottom of the right channel. It will kill the momentum that you needed to get over to the pillow at the bottom.