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28 Outdoor Adventures in the Mid-Atlantic


West Virginia’s New River Gorge may be the nation’s newest national park—designated in 2020—but it’s familiar territory for the three outfitters who run Adventures on the Gorge. They’ve been navigating its wild and churning waterways for more than 50 years. Whitewater newbies will appreciate gentle runs along the New River’s upper section, while mid-level rafters can ride the lower part, which has Class II to IV rapids.

Experienced thrill-seekers gravitate to the nearby Gauley River, where an 11-mile upper stretch of froth known as the “Beast of the East” features almost nonstop Class III to Class V rapids. The lower 13-mile run has calmer waters with an occasional Class V adrenaline boost. (The optimal time to visit the Gauley is in September and October when scheduled dam releases keep the waters gushing.)

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