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“Awesome Outfitter!”

River Expeditions Whitewater Rafting
Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Oak Hill
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Owner description: Experience whitewater rafting and scenic float trips on the New River and Gauley River in West Virginia. We also offer: Fire Creek Lodge and Conference Center Dining Area Outfitters Store Welcome Center & Campstore Massage Studio & Spa Outdoor Pool & Hot Tub Zipline - new for 2014! Kid's Arcade Disc Golf Sand Volleyball Horseshoe Pits Cornhole games Hiking Trails ATM Pet Friendly environment
Reviewed 17 May 2014

My girlfriend and I arrived late the night before, around 10:30, and were still able to check in. The cabin was primitive but very comfortable. The facilities were extremely clean, and the amenities were plentiful. The staff was friendly, and our guide, Dar, was super chill, friendly, funny, and very knowledgeable. We felt very comfortable rafting with him and 100% confident that he knew what he was doing. 10 out of 10, would raft again.

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Reviewed 13 May 2014

River Expeditions offers many activities but never forgets that rafting is their main business. The peripherals (zipline, Frisbee golf, camping, lodging, gear store, atv rentals, etc.) are nice and well done, but you can tell these people all love the river and want to share that love with us. Rustic means rustic and if you expect lodging on the level of a Holiday Inn, then you better reserve the Luxury Cabins. The communal bathrooms/showers are large and kept clean. The Saloon is a fun place to meet at the end of the day and see your rafting trip movie. Since this was my first trip on the New River, I cannot compare the guides to other outfitters, but I don't know how they could be better trained or more likeable. My only complaint would be that the resort is quite close to a main road. I expected something a bit more remote.

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Reviewed 16 April 2014

There are several rafting companies in the area, this one is the best I've found, have gone back 3 years running. They have some full time guides (for year-round fun) and some seasonal guides (for Gauley season). All of the guides I've had are very skilled and have years of experience. Some are better at telling stories and keeping you amused than others, but that's just the way it goes. Joe (one of the guides, maybe an owner?) will tell you that they're your source for year-round fun, not just rafting. They'll take you mountain biking, 4-wheeling, etc. If you have a crazy idea and a credit card, they'll make it happen.

I've only tent-camped there. There's plenty of room for lots of campers, but get there early to get a good (mostly level, not soggy) spot. Each camp site has a fire ring and garbage can, staff empties the garbage every morning. The camp store has basic items and firewood for sale. The shower building is large, clean, and abundant hot water. They also have a nice store for shirts, hoodies, and other souvenirs, and best of all, a bar on site, open late. Here you can hang out with your guides, watch videos of your rafting trip, sometimes live music, and other times bad karaoke. Plus, you don't have to drive, just stumble back to your tent. There are a pool and hot tub on site too.

At least with the Gauley trips, breakfast/lunch/dinner are all included. Breakfast is pretty basic (toast, some fruit, granola bars, coffee, juice). Lunch is provided during the trip overlooking Sweet's Falls and includes hamburger or grilled chicken sandwich (vegetarian option if you request it), potato salad, macaroni salad, chips, bean dip, dessert. Pretty nice layout! Dinner is back at their dining room and varies but is quite filling. If you need dinner the night before your trip, head into Fayetteville. I highly recommend Pies & Pints.

1  Thank Ryan M
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

We used River Expeditions for our Lower Gauley trip. They seemed to be a little less expensive than some of the other companies, but as someone else previously stated, there were no corners being cut to accomplish this. All the raft guides were friendly and knowledgeable and took their jobs seriously (but still made sure we all had fun at the same time). The lunch on our trip consisted of sandwich fixings and some standard picnic sides - not gourmet by any stretch, but tasty and enough to get the job done. We did not stay on the property, but what we saw of it seemed nice. We did go into the bar and had some great beer with some great people! Overall, I would recommend River Expeditions for anyone wanting to experience the Gauley but not wanting to shell out a ton of cash to do so!

1  Thank AHFisher
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

I've rafted with River Expeditions 4 times this year-twice on the New River in July, and the lower and upper Gauley this fall. We also stayed at the campgrounds one time and in the rustic cabins the other time. The campgrounds are simple (no electricity hook up in tent camping) but very clean. No issues with raccoons and the staff came by and emptied the trash container on site daily. The firewood at the camp ground store is very cheap, and the shower house is spotless. The rustic cabin is just that-rustic. We all slept great after a long day of rafting and didn't have any complaints. It was worth renting so we didn't have to bring tent gear and worry about tearing down the site when trying to drive home at the end of the weekend.
I had a fantastic time on both rafting trip. The guides were very knowledgeable and safety oriented but showed us a great time. They all take the Gauley trips very seriously as they should and I was amazed by the safety network the guides set up as we proceeded down the rapids. River Expeditions own a piece of property right after Sweet Falls(Upper Gauley) and they grilled lunch for us there. It was an awesome spot to watch the rapids as other tour groups proceeded down the river. Lunch on the river was fantastic with some vegetarian options. They even had veggie burgers for us on the upper Gauley trip.
The lodge is a great place to relax if the weather isn't cooperating or you want to get away from the rest of your group. They also have a hot tub and pool. The hot tub was still open during Gauley season and was a godsend after a busy day of rafting.
All around it's a great company to raft with for adventure seekers!

Thank Susievisa
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