By: Abdulaziz Alfadhli
Whitewater rafting is one of the most famous tourist activities in West Virginia. There are many companies that make a living off this activity and the extras that come with it.
According to Whitewater Unlimited, this all started in 1968 when three brothers started their own rafting business with a small loan and a pick up truck. Jon, Tom, and Chris Dragan started by taking trips on their own to explore the rivers and determine what are the best routs and how to access them.
After their business started and became known to many people, other companies decided to enter the industry and whitewater rafting became a big industry in West Virginia. Today, hundred of thousands of customers come to West Virginia, every year, to experience whitewater rafting.
The industry kept growing in West Virginia, but once you’re at the top, you can only go down. By 2007, the whitewater rafting industry became less popular and the number of rafters kept declining. The whitewater rafting companies were threatened by this, and had to act to save their businesses.
In 2007, three companies, Mountain River Tours, Class-VI River Runners and the Rivermen decided to consolidate into one large resort, which is now known as the Adventures on the Gorge. This decision saved the companies and kept them in business. The Adventure on the Gorge is one of the largest resorts in West Virginia, in addition to the ACE Adventure Resort and other resorts.
Today, the whitewater rafting industry is working well and thousands of people come to West Virginia Every year to explore this adventure. I went on a rafting trip with the ACE two years ago and it was really great. There are also other activities in these resorts such as horseback riding, zip lines, kayaking, fishing, climbing and many other fun things to do.
I looked at several websites to get an estimate of the price range for a one-day rafting trip. The prices varied a lot and it depends on the size of the boat and the type of the trip. Just to give you an idea of the price range, it goes from $70-$150. Again, it depends on what you want to do and how long do you want to do it.