West Virginia Vacation Rentals for White Water Rafting Adventures
West Virginia was made famous by the feuding Hatfield and McCoy families and is known as a leader in the logging and coal mining industries. However, less known is the fact that West Virginia is home to some of the most exciting white water rafting east of the Mississippi. If you are eager for a whitewater river vacation, look for West Virginia vacation rentals in the eastern section of the state. That will get you into the river country.
Tumbling through the Allegheny mountain state of West Virginia are whitewater river tours that rival other world class locations for river adventure. You do not need to travel to New Zealand or the Grand Canyon to experience the thrill of great whitewater rapids. Just travel to West Virginia and stay in a US vacation rental near the Gauley or New River.
During the early history of the state, mountain towns were constantly troubled by the uncontrolled rivers that flooded over banks and completely destroyed towns. Only in the last half of the twentieth century, when dams and flood management programs were completed, have the mountain residents been able to live without constant threat of flooding.
Today, the towns and vacation rentals near the popular rafting and kayaking waters enjoy life free of flooding. And, an unanticipated boost to the economy came because of tourism growth in the area. Camping, fishing, cave exploration and whitewater rafting are just a few of the attractions bringing back life to these mountain towns.
The Gauley is for Whitewater Thrill Seekers
The two major rivers providing fun and thrills are the Gauley and the New River. USA vacation rental homes are available in the area. Overnight river trips are available with visitors camping in tents or cabins local to the river and then returning to their lodging the next day.
The New River provides beginner tours on whitewater rapids classified as basic to moderate advanced. The New River is accommodating to rafts, canoes and kayaks. On the other hand, the Gauley is for more advanced serious whitewater thrill seekers. Individual kayakers can experience these monstrous rapids, but the vast majority of visitors prefer to take guided group tours.
Be ready for some serious action on the Gauley. There are half-day, full-day, and overnight adventures available. There is a lot of physical activity on the Gauley whitewater trips. If you are not in good shape or want a gentler introduction to whitewater, you should get your feet wet with a trip on the New River first. Then schedule a vacation rental and rafting trip in the fall on the Gauley.