West Virginia Whitewater
- Start: West Virginia, United States of America
- End: West Virginia, United States of America
- Last Modified: 2011-09-13 20:39:31
- Total Mileage: 232 Miles
- Number of stops: 3
West Virginia is noted for its whitewater rafting. The state tourism industry thrives in large part because so many people flock here to ride the more than 2000 miles of wild and untamed rivers that cut through this Appalachian state. Now, the idea of steering through gauntlets of sharp jutting rock on a thrashing roller coaster of whitewater in a little orange rubber boat doesn't necessarily appeal to everyone. But you'll find that whitewater rafting can take a number of different forms including peaceful, calm river journeys through some of America's most stunning and scenic territory. Who knows, a two- to three-day whitewater rafting trip might be one of the most memorable adventures you ever take. The best standard to observe when deciding which rivers or sections of river you'd like to raft is the I to VI scale. Novices and kids without a guide can navigate rivers gauged as Level I or II. Rivers designated III or IV require paddling skills and guides, while rivers designated VI require a lot of experience and a taste for the kind of dangerous thrills that others might find suicidal. Most rivers will have a little bit of most of the designations -- stretches of calm and stretches of hair-raising wild water. If you know your limitations (and make sure your outfitter knows them, too), you'll have a great time on most of West Virginia's rivers. The keys to making the whole whitewater experience fun are choosing an outfitter with whom you feel safe and secure and having the right equipment. The West Virginia Whitewater getaway recommends some rivers you might want to check out during your visit. They all have long, easily manageable stretches of I- to III-class whitewater. There are also suggestions for outfitters who lead tours along the described rivers. Outfitters will provide you with guidance and equipment, and many of them provide exceptional resources and perks such as catered meals and photographs of your trip. You'll be able to find a bunch of outfitters listed on the Internet or through the West Virginia state tourism board at 800-CALL-WVA.