New River Gorge National River
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Roughing the Rapids on Bridge Day in West Virginia
The last thing you expect to see while whitewater rafting is bodies seemingly fall from the sky, but it’s certainly possible when you venture out on the Lower New River on Bridge Day. Some of the best whitewater rafting in the Eastern United States happens on the New River. While October is not peak season due to lower water levels, the river still offers strong currents and respectable Class III and IV rapids at this time of year. An early morning tour provides breathtaking views of fog-covered mountains hiding treetops glittering with the colors of fall. You’ll wish you had your camera to capture each changing moment of this beautiful scenery. The rushing water around you precludes picture taking - forcing you to hold gorgeous memories of this one-of-a kind adventure experience in the camera of your mind. The water in October is surprisingly warm given the frigid air temperature. You’ll remain cozy as you traverse the rocks and rapids in an 8 person raft. The Lower New route takes you directly under the New River Gorge Bridge where you stop for lunch on the rocks of the closest eddy. On Bridge Day, enjoy sustenance while watching B.A.S.E. jumpers intentionally (and legally) launch themselves off the Bridge falling 876 feet down to the water below only a few feet from your raft. If whitewater rafting is not enough to satisfy your adventurous spirit, then try doing it on Bridge Day and you'll truly have a unique and unforgettable trip.
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