You are here

Average Gradient
20.00 ft/mi (3.79 m/km)
Number of days
?
Most difficult rapid
?
Distance
6.50 mi (10.46 km)
Please respect the outdoors by practicing Leave No Trace. Learn more about how to apply the principles of Leave No Trace on your next outdoor adventure here.

A whitewater rafting trip along the Lower New River is perfect for any thrill seeker and adventure lover. It is commonly referred to as one of the world's best whitewater runs, and it has rapids ranging from swimmable Class I rapids to adrenaline pumping Class IV+ whitewater. This 6.5-mile stretch of river from Cunard to Fayette Station contains 24 rapids, a very high concentration for a relatively small segment of the river, and it provides for a unique and rather intense rafting experience

While the rapids are incredible, the surrounding views enhance the trip even more. This portion of the river will provide you with stunning views of the New River Gorge Bridge, the second tallest bridge in the United States and an architectural phenomenon. It travels along the famous Endless Wall, the number one rated trail in the national parks system. There are opportunities to see remnants of old coal-mining towns that date back to the 1870s. In addition to the architecture, geology, and history surrounding this river, there are frequent bald eagle, red-tailed hawk, and deer sightings on these trips.

A brief discussion of some of the notable rapids on this run follows, but please consult a river map for specific locations and information.

  • Pinball (Class III): 0.3 miles from the put-in, run straight down the middle for best wave train.
  • Upper Railroad (Class III): 0.5 miles from put-in.
  • Lower Railroad (Class III): 1 mile from put-in. At 2 feet there is an undercut rock about 50 feet from the left bank.
  • Strippers (Class III): 1.8 miles from put-in. Remain in the middle and beware of stripper hole (you should pass it on the left).
  • Upper Keeney (Class III): 3 miles from put-in.
  • Middle Keeney (Class IV): 3.1 miles from the put-in. Swim hard to the left if you fall out.
  • Lower Keeney (Class IV): 3.2 miles from the put-in. Start down the left hand side with a right hand boat angle. There is a large curler wave on the left that should be avoided at all costs. Paddle hard to the right once this wave is in sight.
  • Dudley's Dip (Class III): 3.8 miles from the put-in. A large rock that looks like an upside down canoe is an undercut and should be avoided.
  • Double Z (Class IV+): 4 miles from the put-in. The most technical rapid on the lower New River.
  • Miller's Folly (Class IV): 6 miles from the put-in. Large undercut rock at the start of the rapid on the right.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Beautiful views. Known as one of the best whitewater rafting rivers in the world.

Cons

None.

Put-in location (lat, long coordinates)

Cunard

Take-out location (lat, long coordinates)

Fayette Station

Address

Cunard River Access
1534
Fayetteville, WV 25840
United States

Features

Bird watching
Wildlife

Overall difficulty

IV+
II
III
IV

Route Characteristics: Character

Pool Drop
Continuous
Park-and-Play

Suitable for

Kayaks
Rafts

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

New River Gorge National River
Allegheny Plateau, West Virginia
Allegheny Plateau, West Virginia

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Allegheny Plateau, West Virginia

Comments

Have updates, photos, alerts, or just want to leave a comment?
Sign In and share them.