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“Great Birthday Weekend” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cantrell Ultimate Rafting - Day Tours

Cantrell Ultimate Rafting - Day Tours
49 Cantrell Drive, Fayetteville, WV 25840
+1 304-877-8235
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Owner description: Cantrell Ultimate Rafting is a family owned and operated West Virginia company situated near the village of Fayetteville and the village of Hinton and the best whitewater rafting on the east coast. Cantrell guides are some of the finest in the industry and the customer service is the best! We will give you the highest quality trip possible, not the highest price – this is our guarantee! We have 2 locations in the New River Gorge Region. Out of Fayetteville, WV you can come and visit us at our Gatewood River Access basecamp we have cabins with private hot tubs, rustic cabins, R.V. camping with full hook-ups, bathhouse and onsite laundry facilities and our popular 35th Star Grill & Pub where you can enjoy some of the best entertainment in the region every weekend. Our trips out of this location range from mild to wild whitewater, so if your group is mixed this would be the best destination for you. This location is also perfect for accessing beginner to advanced hiking and biking trails; gravity ziplines to tree-top canopy tours; ATV adventures and a new area attraction - BridgeWalk. From our Hinton location we offer a nice mild family trip that is just right for beginners and gives you a small taste of white water. This location is close to Bluestone State Park and Pipestem Resort State Park.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
1 review
“Great Birthday Weekend”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

From start to finish, my weekend with Cantrell was unforgettable. The cabins are rustic but kept clean. The guides are hospitable and professional, knowledgeable and personable. I plan to go back to Cantrell for Gauley season next year.

Visited October 2013
Thank John R
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Truly Epic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

For what it's worth, I just joined TripAdvisor in order to post the this review for Cantrell, so in short, if you're planning a rafting trip on the Gauley, book with this company! I've rafted rivers all over the West (Rio Grande, Rio Chama, American, Sacramento, etc.) and in New Zealand and Australia, and I have to say, this was either the best or very close to it!

Our trip (for our buddy's bachelor party) began early in the morning on a perfect September day: foggy and cool to start, then perfectly sunny and warm. The staff and crew at Cantrell are professional, courteous, thorough, and really nice and chill. Our guide, Stacy, was truly a pro: she deftly lead our group of rookies and novices through the Upper Gauley's succession of class 3, 4, and 5+ rapids, encouraging and guiding us through every twist, turn, and eddy, and chatted us up the whole time. The river itself is awesome; it's almost like the Park Service designed and built it, the rapids are so well spaced out.

The only time we had a full-dump wipeout was on Postage Due, that big rock locals and river runners pile themselves around to get a glimpse of people falling out of rafts. Stacy handled the whole thing great; what can ordinarily be a scary or dangerous experience actually turned out to be fun. Then, one run down, we ran it again in the afternoon---after a full lunch prepared by Cantrell's staff. It was an experience to remember, and Cantrell made it possible. Thanks again, Stacy and crew; we had an awesome time with you!

After returning to base, we enjoyed an already-edited video of the day's adventures while enjoying a cold beer at the on-site bar (great touch!). Couldn't ask for a better rafting experience.

Again, if you're thinking of rafting the Upper Gauley (or the New), go with Cantrell!

Visited September 2013
Thank Doug H
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2 reviews
“Excellent service and guides!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

You should skip the Ace and Adventure names and choose this long time family owned business rafting company. The owners (Nancy and ? Cantrell ) are hands on to make sure your experience is first rate!
The guides are the best and most experienced on the river. Their prices are the lowest too. I've done the other two companies in town and will now always go back to Cantrells.

Thank JeepGuyKy
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Dexter, Michigan
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5 reviews
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“They really do mean 'Ultimate'”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

I returned from an amazing whitewater rafting trip with Cantrell Ultimate Rafting on the Gauley River. Owners, Rich and Nancy are very warm and welcoming. Great care was taken to properly fit us to our equipment and safety is priority number one. We were assigned the best guide on the river, Duncan. He has been 'living' on the river for years kayaking, rafting and fishing. Duncan can really read water. Duncan is very knowledgeable about the area and history of the river. We had a very fun but uneventful trip. You don't want to have an eventful trip! We stayed with Cantrell at their site and really enjoyed ourselves. Accomodations were comfortable and clean. I already know that I will be returning with family and friends in the future. With Cantrell Ultimate Rafting you are not just another customer. Cantrell's is the way to go for the best whitewater rafting adventure in West Virginia!

Visited September 2013
Thank yellowdogreddog
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Evansville, Indiana
2 reviews
“Best adventure!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

I just got back from a weekend of rafting with my family and friends. Many of us had never been white water rafting before, so this was our first experience on the Gauley River. Our guide, Duncan, was the VERY BEST! He was so fun and knowledgeable. Since most of us were very inexperienced, he was great at describing all of the details of what we needed to know, while also making it fun and exciting. He was also extremely knowledgeable about not only the river, but also the surrounding area and history. His ability to hold his own with a group of 7 crazy women made for even more crazy fun! In additional to our wonderful guide, Duncan, the rest of the folks at Cantrell were also excellent. Cantrell is the only remaining small, family-run, rafting companies in the area, and they made us feel like part of the family. The owners, Nancy & Rich, were always there to answer questions, and to make sure that our accommodations with them were cozy and comfortable. My family is already talking about our next trip back to Cantrell as this was a trip we will NEVER forget! Thank you Cantrell!

Visited September 2013
Thank ltbx007
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