Before man conquered his fear of water, he amused himself with dust sports such as wrestling tumbleweeds, keyboard cleaning, and taking swanlike dives into piles of dust. Take a more exciting dip with today’s Groupon from New & Gauley River Adventures in Lansing, West Virginia. Choose between the following options:
- For $78, you get a one-day whitewater-rafting package with two nights of camping for Saturday and Sunday (a $156 value).
- For $59, you get a one-day whitewater-rafting package with two nights of camping for any other pair of days in the week (a $121 value).
New & Gauley River Adventures has been transporting boatfuls of wet adventurers through West Virginia’s scenic New River Gorge for more than 30 years. With the Lower New River Double Express package, rafters who want more splash for their buck get one full day of rafting, in two trips lasting 2–3 hours, along some of the major rapids of the Lower New River Gorge, and two nights of camping at New & Gauley’s campground ($16) before and after the expedition ($140 per weekend package; $105 per weekday package). The Lower New River Gorge bristles with roaring class III–V whitewater rapids, and this fast-paced trip, which runs from Cunard to Fayette Station, and does not include lunch, greets water wanderers with a class IV rapid less than 1.4 miles in. New & Gauley’s campgrounds afford rafters the best of both natural and human-made worlds: amateur explorers select a remote spot to stay, still enjoying access to hot water and electricity from the cozy, wood-paneled interior of a newly built shower house.
New & Gauley River Adventures
Since 1977, the staff at New & Gauley River Adventures has helped visitors create year-round excitement across two rivers and more than 60,000 acres of terrain. The experts customize adventures, dispensing guides and gear for exhibitions, such as kayaking and high-speed whitewater rafting. Rafts float down the New River Gorge, passing by ghost towns and jump rocks. Meanwhile, the Gauley River emerges at the base of the Summersville Dam to form Class V+ rapids and enough churning whitewater to wash all of a giant's laundry. Back on dry land, horseback-riding groups meander through pre–Civil War roads. Ziplines soar across treetop canopies, and rocky peaks beckon climbers to scale their surface. As winter spills snow on the ground, the adventurous staff turns focus to cold-weather activities, such as snowshoeing and snowmen wrestling. The company's lodging options—which include campsites and cabins— let visitors rest up between their adventures. Nestled amid lush trees, the onsite Undercut Pub & Grill readies growling stomachs for hibernation with home-cooked breakfast and pub fare.