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“Fantastic first experience” 5 of 5 stars
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49 Cantrell Drive, Fayetteville, WV 25840   |  
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Columbus, Ohio
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“Fantastic first experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

This was my first time rafting, and I had a great time!! Aaron was our guide and he was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable regarding the river and its history, and had lots of stories to share. As a first time rafter, I felt very safe with him. He let us know exactly what was coming up and how we were going to maneuver it. We had a blast, these guys know how to have a good time!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Greenville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

The staff at Cantrell ensured that our group had the best possible time. Proper instruction was provided for those familiar with rafting and for those new to the rafting world. All needed equipment is available for rental at great prices.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

Cantrell provides a rafting experience that you and your group of any size will never forget. If you've been on any white water rafting trip, you know that it is NOT a "one size fits all" journey - Cantrell understands that. They are smaller than most of the commercial companies in WV along the Gauley and New River. This is why they are able to customize your experience based on the size and skill level of the group you have, something that the other guys simply can't do. They are a class act form start to finish. I have been on many white water rafting experiences, most of which have been excellent, however Cantrell is in a class of their own. If you want friendly, professional, and experienced guides, you can be assured that this is the place for you.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Traverse City, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012 via mobile

I just left this great place, and can't wait to book our next trip. We stayed at "The Preserves", and went on the Lower Gauley rafting trip. What a great team of people they have put together! Even with the light rain, this crew knows how to have a good time. The accommodations were clean, beautiful, and the hot tub was welcome. Sam and Kyle were our guides, and their low key mellow attitudes made going over class 4 rapids safe and fun. Overall this place is smaller than some the other rafting companies, but they know how to take care of you. Having a hot meal and a cold beer waiting for us, just topped it all off.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012 via mobile

I've rafted with these guys twice (once on the New River Gorge and once on the Upper Gauley) and its by far the best experience I've ever had on the water,these guys know what they are doing! Safety is top priority and rite next to that is having fun! Being a smaller company you are treated like more than "just a number" which was made the trip so much enjoyable. I highly recommend them for your next rafting trip!

  • Stayed September 2012
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Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

we have choosen this place for rafting and its the best best best ever. Cantrell Ultimate Rafting has worked with Their guests to design the perfect whitewater vacation in the New River Gorge and Gauley River National Recreation Area in the New River Gorge Region, West Virginia.

Whether you're looking to relax with your family on a lazy river expedition or you're ready for world-class whitewater rafting on the New River, the Upper Gauley River or the Lower Gauley River, we've got the Ultimate Adventure at the Ultimate Destination for you.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

I'd like to offer two ratings -- one for the rafting experience itself and one for the guides.
First, the rafting. The biggest disappointment is that it was a lesser experience then i expected from the description on the web site and the brochure -- but that's not a knock on Cantrell specifically, all rafting providers in the area do that. Yes, we were at the "low water" time; still i expected more. Even though there are 16 rapids to go through, only 3 or 4 elicited any kind of excitement -- and there are significant stretches of calm water in between. Second, I was told on the phone that the half day trip covers about 2/3 of the distance that the full day trip covers -- NOT TRUE. the difference is that they cover the same distance but half day takes 2 hours, and full day is 4-4.5. The difference is that the pace is more leasurely (you don't have to paddle all the time) and you have an opportunity to swim (the water was amazingly warm), have a repeat run ( or two ) through one rapid and stop for lunch on a "full day trip". And we were back at the base by 2 pm. The lunch was surprisingly good, with a lot of options, and most of it healthy optiuons, too. So the rafting component gets a 3.5
Our guides were Randy and Chops. They made the trip very fun and fulfilling. The safety instructions at the beginning were comprehensive and to the point; Randy expertly led us through all the difficult patches and made it easy -- since he sits in the back, you don't realize how much work a guide does until you look at the sequence of pictures of going through a higher category rapid. The service was very personal, with a lot of attention to the kids. Randy kept the trip entertaining with a lot of stories about past experiences and the river -- without being overwhelming or detracting from the surroundings. The giudes get a 4.5 -- the only reason for knocking it down a bit is that both guides smoked almost non-stop. Even outside, it bothered me a bit.
Overall, the scenery was amazing, the trip fun, the service great. I give it a 4 for the reasons above.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 49 Cantrell Drive, Fayetteville, WV 25840
Location: United States > West Virginia > Fayetteville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Fayetteville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy a comfortable, clean and friendly environment to explore the wonders of the New and Gauley River National Scenic Area. Lodging options range from tent camping, R.V. Sites with electric and water, rustic bungalows and cabins with hot tubs. Conveniently located within three minutes of the village of Fayetteville and five minutes from the famous New River Gorge Bridge. Great home cooked breakfast and/or dinner can be pre-purchased during the reservation process or enjoy the best fresh chicken wings with a variety of homemade sauces at the popular Cantrell Grill & Pub. Live entertainment every weekend with some of the best bands in the state and region! Prices are reasonable and friendly to your vacation budget... ... more   less 

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