New River (Bluestone Dam to Sandstone)


This section includes a few major rapids/falls and a number of easier rapids interspersed with a good deal of flat/moving water.  The class III-IV whitewater is in the middle to the end of the run and includes Brooks Falls and culminates with the spectacular Sandstone Falls.  commercial outfitters offer trips on this section. Class I-III(IV). 11 miles.


New River Kayak Fishing (Highland Outdoors)


The New River is in Southern WV near Hinton, WV.  The put-in is either at the Bluestone Dam or the confluence of the Greenbrier and New Rivers (Google directions below).  The take out is in Sandstone near the post office (north on rt. 20).  


Whitewater , Swimming Holes, Camping, Fishing, Rock Climbing, Hiking, Bicycling





Web resources:

New River Gorge National River (Whitewater Page)

American Whitewater Page

ORC Resources:

Book ” A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to West Virginia”,  "New River Guide: Paddling and Fishing in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia"

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