Arriving in Beckley, my wife and I picked-up a brochure on WV whitewater rafting which listed about a dozen outfitters offering guided trips on the New River. With the objective of an all day rafting trip down the lower New to experience the famous class IV and V rapids, we began calling and visiting the websites of the many outfitters. Fairly quickly, it was obvious that considerable consolidation had occurred amongst the outfitters and two associated groups of outfitters emerged. The group with the most appealing trip details for us included ACE which we decided upon due to it being well established (since 1979), having the best facilities adjacent to the New River including its own put-in spot and, the real tie breaker, a full, grilled lunch along the river. Experience has taught us that a hardy, hot lunch is very welcome after a lengthy paddle versus the standard cold cut sandwiches. We were very happy with our selection of ACE. The equipment was ample and in good condition, the staff, especially the lead guide and the guide in our boat, were helpful, friendly and entertaining. We had a great time rafting the New, even when it started to pour. Once the rain had past, the mist rising up through the canyon and around the New River Gorge Bridge near the end of the trip provided another worldly look to our surroundings. And the lunch was great. We would highly recommend rafting the New with ACE as their staff is great and they seem to have all the details that make the difference covered; heck we still have the thank you post card, for the tip, from our river guide that was sent to our home totally unexpected.
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