Get your pulse racing in Southern West Virginia! Paddle raging whitewater rivers, go off-roading on an ATV and hike twisting trails to amazing views. Mild or wild, there’s an adventure here for everyone.
Southern West Virginia is home to some of America’s best whitewater. From the mild Upper
New to the raging Gauley, there’s a whitewater trip here for every type of adventurer.
The New River is considered to be one of the oldest rivers in the world and features two
sections – the Upper and the Lower. A trip on the Upper New River is the perfect family-friendly
whitewater adventure. Gentle class I – III rapids and rippling shoals make this trip exciting for
kids! Or, kick things up a notch with a trip on the Lower New! This section of the river features
class III-IV rapids that create huge, splashing waves and incredible excitement.
The Gauley River, also known as The Beast of the East, features class III – V rapids. This
extremely technical stretch of whitewater hits peak season in the fall, when Summersville Dam
is opened and water from Summersville Lake rushes into the Gauley, creating the biggest
whitewater on the East Coast and a thrilling ride for everyone.
Rev your engines! Southern West Virginia is home to the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System. More
than 700 miles of off-road adventure wind through our mountains. Get dirty and take in the
mountain views from the trails. Along the way, discover ATV-friendly communities and small
towns full of charm and heritage.
No matter where you go in Southern West Virginia, there’s a gorgeous view waiting to be
discovered. Hiking trails here will lead you along wooded paths, past waterfalls, and wildflowers,
to beautiful mountaintop scenery. We’re home to many state and national parks full of hiking
opportunities. In fact, the Endless Wall Trail in the New River Gorge National River was named
the Best National Park Hike in America by USA Today voters in 2015. Hit the trails and get
inspired by nature.
With so much to do, looks like you’re going to need a few extra days. Stay a little longer and
discover your next adventure in Southern West Virginia.