If you want to try your hand at white water rafting but live east of the Mississippi, don’t despair…

Because West Virginia is home to one river always voted in the top 3 in America.

Before we reveal the name of that river, let’s talk about a few of the other adrenaline pumping rivers in West Virginia.

Paradoxically, the New River is geographically one of the oldest rivers on the globe. The Upper New River is perfect for beginners with light rapids and calm pools.

The Lower New River has intense rapids that will challenge even the most advanced rafters–you’ve been warned!

The Shenandoah River is perfect for history lovers looking for adventure. Suitable for beginners, you will raft through Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

The Potomac River runs near the northeastern border of West Virginia to its junction with the Shenandoah. You’ll find quiet pools and relaxing rafting here.

You’ll have stretches great for rock jumping and swimming along the Cheat River in eastern West Virginia. But some stretches of the river have Class V rapids, so pick your trip accordingly.

The Tygrat River is a short trip at 1.5 miles, but it’s known for having good water flow even in the late summer and fall when other rivers are low and dry.

The Gauley river is one of the top 3 white water experiences in the USA. The Lower Gauley is the less difficult section of the river, but is still extreme…

But not as extreme as the Upper Gauley where huge drops and churning water means only the most experienced rafters from around the world can tackle it.

Start planning your Wild & Wonderful West Virginia white water trip now with our guide to the 8 Best Places for White Water Rafting in West Virginia.