Gauley River in West Virginia is recognized by rafters and paddlers as one of the top ranked rivers in the world. Its technical rapids, inaccessibility and scenic quality contribute to its world class designation. Dropping more than 650 feet in 24 miles, the Gauley River features over 100 rapids. Two distinct 12-mile sections offer their own personality and flair. The Gauley River is a dam-controlled watershed and the scheduled fall release dates ensure optimum flows for rafting. This is truly a world class rafting experience and Back 2 Basics recommends a two-day adventure on the Gauley River for maximum enjoyment of the most premier stretch of whitewater in the country.
Summer water flows on the Gauley River allow another dimension in rafting and a very different perspective of this wild river. Intermediate to advanced rafters will delight in the challenges of this trip highlighted by cool, crisp water and clean mountain air. The Gauley River offers truly exceptional rafting opportunities. Back 2 Basics runs trips on the Gauley River in the summer from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, based on water flows.
Then beginning the Friday after Labor Day the fall draw down of Summersville Lake begins and brings Gauley River to its peak rafting flows. Raft the Gauley River in the summer and the fall for two completely different perspectives of this wild, scenic river. Raft upgrades are available. Smaller rafts provide higher performance and increased maneuverability. This aggressive approach is for experienced, enthusiastic paddlers who want to see the river from a completely different perspective. Wildside and Extreme Wildside are the two options for those over the age of 18, with prior class V+ rafting experience, excellent health, and the ability to calmly respond to adverse and difficult whitewater situations.
Thrill-seeker meets nature-lover for this exciting 1 to 2 hour treetop adventure. Professional guides lead you up a cargo net climb and along four ziplines and adventure skybridge, offering a rare perspective of the rugged West Virginia forest and wildlife. Bonus rappel experience at the end of the tour, courtesy of an auto-belaying device. This amazing tour takes you high into the forest canopy where you move from tree to tree via a secured harness and cables, led by professional guides. Traverse a network of platforms and sky bridges while quietly observing native wildlife and natural flora in this unique environment. Fast-moving ziplines take you soaring through the tree tops for a thrilling ride over rugged terrain. The experienced and friendly guides will give you a safety and equipment orientation before you are outfitted with your personal gear for the canopy tour.
Saddle up for a guided trail ride and a most unique equine experience. A relaxed pace through gentle, remote paths will renew your spirit. While horseback riding in West Virginia, you’ll see spectacular views and enjoy being on horseback. Experienced guides will lead you and your horse through scenic West Virginia riding trails and breathtaking views.
The New River offers renowned fishing opportunities in its warm waters, with most sections designated as ‘catch and release’ to ensure quality fishing opportunities for future generations. The New River is rated one of the top four best smallmouth fishing rivers in the country. It is one of the oldest rivers in North America with large sandstone boulders, deep pools, swift runs, steep canyon walls and unusual northerly flow.
Anglers enjoy an all access pass to the best and most remote spots on the river from the comfort of our rafts which are tough, durable, and self-bailing. Experienced guides do all the work from a center-mounted oar-frame rig, so all you have to do is cast a line, fight the fish, and reel them in. Your fishing guide can also offer tips on casting technique, line management, river strategies and more. Minimum of 2 people required on this custom expedition.