I've rafted the New River so many times that I've lost count. This is one of the oldest rivers in the world. As the seasons change so does the water level and current speed. If you are a first time rafter, wait until the late spring or early summer because it turns into a completely different river when the water is high. Rapids appear that are never there unless the water gets to a certain level. Class V rapids appear but only in the spring. I was nearly killed on one this past April and I didn't even go at the highest level of the water. Take the New River in the spring as serious as you would the Upper Gauley. If you don't know what you're doing you can be killed. In the summer and fall the water level is much lower and not as dangerous. There are various sections of the river to raft on depending on skill level and the company that you are rafting with. The Upper New is safe for those with children and the Lower New is for the more adventurous groups. It offers you a great opportunity to see the New River Gorge Bridge. If you go on Bridge Day you can get a different view of the jumpers. A must do! It's in 1001 Places to See Before you Die US & Canada and I would have to agree with the book.
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