Propelling a raft over white-water rapids was once thought impossible, fraught with failed attempts using ping-pong paddles and the dog-intensive doggy paddle. Deploy the latest sculling technology with today's Groupon: for $59, you get a one-day excursion on the Lower New River or Lower Gauley River (up to a $118.60 value, tax included) at River Expeditions in Oak Hill, West Virginia. This deal is valid for participants ages 12 and older and is not valid for Saturday trips.
Since 1972, River Expeditions has tamed West Virginia’s wild waters, blazing 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 National Park Service–protected rapids and is open Tuesday through Thursday. An expert river guide trained in CPR and first aid leads each group, using a seventh sense of the river's history to point out eye-pleasers such as naturally carved canyons and the famous New River Gorge Bridge. The river ranges from Class II to Class V levels of difficulty, with patches of challenging rapids slowing into calm pools, during which time paddlers can relax or write love letters for delivery by carrier pigeon.
Slightly more difficult than the Lower New River excursion, the Lower Gauley voyage hurls rafters down a dam-controlled watershed surrounded by sublime canyon walls. As on the New River, the Gauley River's flows and difficulty vary depending on the season, as the low water levels rise during the fall and the more rambunctious rapids return to school. The Lower Gauley is open Sunday, Monday, and Friday.
On both trips, River Expeditions provides a continental breakfast and lunch on the river as well as beverages after the trip. Celebrate your return to shore by unwinding with a hot shower, paddling the Internet with free WiFi, or overcoming your newfound fear of calm waters in the on-site pool and hot tub.
Although River Expeditions sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
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.