The New River offers whitewater fun and scenic splendor. One of the oldest rivers in the Western Hemisphere, the New winds northward from Virginia to become the New River Gorge National River, a protected 53-mile, free-flowing waterway in southern West Virginia. The New River is massive; in places its gorge measures a mile across, winning it the title "Grand Canyon of the East." Ancient rock walls vault above as you meander down this popular whitewater rafting river. The New River gets gradually more challenging as you travel northward. The first third requires no experience and makes for a leisurely voyage. The latter two-thirds, though, get increasingly more challenging as the river drops over 240 feet. If you want a calm trip you can bail out after the first third. For those looking to learn some paddling and boating skills, the II- and III-class stretches in the middle of the New River are good places to serve your apprenticeship. Good outfitters to contact if you choose to make your whitewater adventure on the New River include New & Gauley River Adventures (800-759-7238 or 304-574-3008), and New River Scenic Whitewater Tours (800-292-0880 or 304-465-2025).
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