What You'll Get
Whitewater rafting combines tranquil views of breathtaking scenery punctuated by moments of sheer terror, similar to watching a nature show while being shot at by hunters. Surrender to adventure with today’s Groupon: for $99, you get a one-day, two-night rafting and camping excursion on the Lower New River, plus a souvenir photo CD, from River Expeditions (up to a $200 value) in Oak Hill, West Virginia (about a five-hour drive from Washington). Reservations are required, and participants must be age 12 or older.
Do battle with the watery forces of Mother Nature in the Lower New River rafting trip, which explores a stretch of tumultuous, National Park Service–protected rapids. An expert river guide leads each group, using a seventh sense for the river's history to point out eye-pleasers such as naturally carved canyons and what has been called the highest vehicular bridge in America. The river ranges from class II to class V levels of difficulty, with patches of challenging rapids slowing into calm pools, during which paddlers can relax or write love letters for delivery by carrier pigeon. After a full day of paddling, lay under the starry night and woo companions with knowledge of river-rafting-themed constellations, such as Thor's Paddle and Could Be a Rock.
The trip leaves from River Expeditions’ headquarters, about 4 miles southwest of the famous New River Gorge Bridge. All meals and post-rafting beverages are provided; guests must bring a tent, sleeping bag, and pillow. After the trip, guests will receive a photo CD compiling notable moments from the trip, allowing endless revisiting of daredevil sea-monster captures.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Aug 31, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 8/person. Reservation req'd. 30-day cancellation notice req'd or fee up to Groupon price may apply. Must be 12+ for Lower New River Gorge, 6+ for Upper New River Canyon Trip. Non-transferable. Must use in 1 visit. No cash back. Gratuity not included. Not valid w/other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About River Expeditions
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.