Kayaking and Canoeing

Kayaking and canoeing are among the most popular sports provided for in the New River Gorge region. The New, Bluestone, Gauley, Meadow, and Greenbrier rivers are nationally known streams, though countless smaller streams provide for kayaking fun during high water.
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New River Gorge: Kayaking and Canoeing

Several outfitters provide guided kayak and canoe trips on New River and other streams, as well as related services.

Ace Adventure Center: Kayaking Trips
P.O. Box 1168
Oak Hill, WV 25901
Tel: 304-469-2651 -- Toll Free: 1-888-ACE-RAFT


All of our classical courses -- fundamental, intermediate, and advanced -- are designed in two-day packages with a swift-water-rescue course in a five-day program that will leave you breathless. Courses run Monday through Friday to provide the best value. The two-day blocks that make up each of the five-day courses may be taken as weekend clinics. Our kayak samplers may be taken Monday through Friday and on weekends, are designed to provide taste of kayaking, and may be combined with rafting, horseback riding, climbing, or other trips.

North American River Runners
PO Box 1205
Oak Hill, WV 25901
Tel.: 304-658-5276 -- Toll Free: 800-950-2585


The river is unpredictable: your outfitter shouldn't be. Since 1975, North American River Runners has organized whitewater vacations that are the pinnacle of fun and excitement. NARR is an adventure resort offering mild to wild rafting trips on the New and Gauley rivers. But behind the scenes, the crew prepares a logistical safety net for guests each day. NARR maintains the state's largest fleet of U.S.-made self-bailing rafts and highly trained, knowledgeable river guides. We are a leader in team-building programs for schools, associations, and corporate groups and provide meeting facilities for large groups. Our base facilities are top notch. At NARR you can enjoy on-site accommodations ranging from basic camping up to luxury vacation rentals with all the amenities of home. Our private 1500-acre property on the shores of the New River offers our guests horseback riding, ATV tours, a mud obstacle course, a zip line tour, rock climbing and rappelling, mountain bike rentals and tours, the state's oldest kayak clinic, an alpine tower, paintball, and, of course, the adventure park and lake are free for any guest who is participating in a guided activity. Come explore with NARR where we are small enough to know you, yet big enough to WOW you!

National Park Service (NPS) brochure in Adobe Acrobat format, providing general information on canoeing the New River with information on rapids and their ratings, safe paddling tips, camping, river level information, and info on select river trips, including: Hinton to Sandstone Falls, Meadow Creek to McCreery, McCreery to Stone Cliff.


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