When looking at different rafting trips and rivers, you may have noticed that whitewater rafting is classified into several different “grades” or classes of difficult. These different grades are based on a number of factors and can help rafters to determine whether or not they will be comfortable at a certain level. Most of the lower grades are great trips for new or inexperienced rafters, but the higher grades often require a certain level of skill to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all participants.
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The New River is not particularly “New” in the same sense of the word that you might think. In fact, the New River is one of oldest rivers in the world- some believe it is only shadowed by the Nile. It almost seems that whoever picked this name did not notice the other many characteristics of the river! Want to learn a little bit more about the story behind the name of one of our favorite rivers? Keep reading!
In our final installment of our Rafting in NC & TN series, we are going to cover the beautiful and inviting Watauga River. Want to reread our first two chapters? Check them out here:
This river stretches from Western North Carolina to Tennessee. It travels over 60 miles, beginning at the base of the Grandfather Mountain in Watauga County, North Carolina. It also travels through Tennessee in Johnson County and is impounded by the TVA at the Watauga Dam, creating the Watauga Lake. Through the 60 miles that this river travels, many dam and tributaries are present – thriving off of the strong flow of the Watauga.
Rafting is a great way to spend time with friends and family in an exhilarating way that connects guests with each other and with nature. However, it is important to choose a rafting trip that is an appropriate level of difficulty for all rafters. River Expeditions outfits trips down the Gauley River, which splits into two distinct sections; which are also two different difficult levels. When inviting friends on a rafting adventure, be sure that they know their own limits and do not enter into a trip that would be too difficult for their skill level, creating an uncomfortable situation for all.
You could spend your whole life on the river, but if you are just looking for a weekend rafting trip the choices can range from half a day to two full days. Most guided rafting trips last one day, about 5 to 7 hours round trip. While rafting with certain rafting companies this includes travel time to and from the river as well as a break for a riverside lunch.
Each section of river has different features and covers different lengths of the river therefore, some rafting trips will be shorter or longer than others. Rafting companies can offer half day trips, that will only cover a small part of the river, or full day trips that last up to seven hours. They even have two day trips where you can raft on two sections of the river or on two rivers. On multi-day trips, you may even be able to camp out on the side of the river depending on what trip you choose. Read more →
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