Whitewater rafting punctuates tranquil views of breathtaking scenery with moments of sheer terror, similar to watching a nature show while being shot at by hunters. Surrender to adventure with this Groupon: for $69, you get a one-day, two-night rafting excursion on the Lower New River from River Expeditions in Oak Hill, West Virginia (a $132 value). Each Groupon is good for one participant aged 6 or older and includes:
- One day of river rafting, valid Sunday–Friday (a $100 value)
- Two nights of camping at headquarters (a $15 value/night)
- Natural resources fee (a $2 value)
Since 1972, River Expeditions has tamed West Virginia’s wild waters and blazed aquatrails along the New and Gauley Rivers. Battle the watery forces of Mother Nature on the Lower New River rafting trip, which explores a stretch of tumultuous whitewater rapids. The river ranges from Class II–V difficulty, with patches of challenging rapids slowing into calm pools so that paddlers can occasionally relax or write love letters for delivery by carrier pigeon.
After a full day of paddling, sprawl out in the shower-equipped campsite, lay under the starry night, and wow companions with knowledge of river-rafting-themed constellations, such as Thor’s Paddle and Could Be a Rock. Rafters should bring a tent, sleeping bag, and pillow for their stay at the base camp, along with meals or money for food.
Since 1972, River Expeditions’ seasoned river guides have organized whitewater-rafting trips down the New River and the Gauley River in southern West Virginia’s scenic Appalachian Mountains. There’s a stretch of water for all ages and skill levels, from those looking for a scenic float to paddlers craving a soaked-to-the-bone thrill ride. In addition to day trips, River Expeditions also offers overnight excursions. River Expeditions can also arrange horseback riding, ziplining, mountain biking, fishing, and ATV tours.