We knew white water rafting on the New would be fun, but we didn't expect to have so much of it! Cantrell is one of only three family owned companies that remain in the area, providing all sorts of outdoor adventure services, competing with some big companies and doing a pretty good job at it. We made a last minute reservation and they were able to not only secure us a spot only a few days before the event, but also recommend a local hotel to stay... all at a price that could not be matched.
Duncan, our "oarsman" taught all five of us (my wife, three kids, aged 13 through 17 and I) how to raft through the Lower New with 10 times the water volume for this time of the year, safely and enjoy the adventure at the same time.
The Lower New gave us several Class III rapids and a Class IV to go through. We experienced waves as large as 10 feet high (typical of spring and not of mid-July) and a thrill you can't get anywhere else. We only wish we'd done more of it!! Definitely a YES on my list of places to revisit and companies to do business with.
- 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