What You'll Get
Unlike the great indoors, the great outdoors offers the excitement of nature’s unpredictability, such as being water-ballooned by a woodpecker. Delve into supercilious scenery with today’s Groupon: for $99, you get a whitewater-rafting trip and two nights of camping from North American River Runners in Minden, West Virginia (up to a $206 value). The trip includes:
- Rafting on the Upper Gauley River, Lower Gauley River, Upper New River, or Lower New River (up to a $180 value)
- Two nights of camping (a $26 value)
This Groupon is valid for the 2012 Gauley season; however, certain dates and holiday weekends do not apply. An extra $3 guided-activity fee is not included in this Groupon. Campers should bring their own tents, sleeping bags, and other camping equipment to the campsites, but rental equipment is available for an extra fee.
The experienced guides at North American River Runners introduce rafters of all abilities to roaring rapids during guided trips on the Gauley and New Rivers, voted two of Discovery Channel’s Top Five U.S. Rafting Locations. The Upper Gauley packs more than 30 Class III–V rapids into 11.5 miles, spaced out by long pools on which paddlers can relax for a moment and enjoy the views or avoid eye contact with overly talkative otters. The Lower Gauley challenges experienced rafters with more than 60 Class III–V+ rapids across a rugged 12-mile stretch. The breath-embezzling scenery, world-class wave trains, and provided lunch make the Upper and Lower Gauley trip a favorite among veterans, rookie rafters, and body-boarding salmon alike. With a lengthier rafting season and less-intense turbulence, the Upper New River eases rookie rafters into the sport with Class I–III rapids suitable for the entire family, even kids as young as 6. The Lower New River trip ups the excitement ante with faster rapids and a wealth of river history that exhaust minds and bodies just in time for a riverside lunch.
Guests can set up their own tents and equipment on the mountaintop campgrounds for two nights amid peaceful, panoramic views of the surrounding forest, free from the modern world and its brilliantly colored jumbotrons. Although not included in this Groupon, campers may opt to upgrade from standard accommodations to deluxe lodging for an extra fee or add on rental tents and gear, such as a flannel-lined sleeping bag and pillow ($5/person/night) or a camp kit with an assembled four-man tent and four half-inch, close-cell foam sleeping pads ($10/night). The grounds afford campers access to a campfire area and picnic table, as well as shower houses within walking distance for washing up or crooning.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 21, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 8 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required; subject to availability. Subject to age restrictions. Must sign waiver. Valid for 2012 Gauley season. Not valid 9/8/12, 9/15/12, 9/22/12, or holiday weekends. $3 user fee not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.