Family Owned and Operated
Experiences for Beginners to Thrill Seekers
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Cantrell Ultimate Rafting is the only remaining family owned and operated West Virginia company; situated near the village of Fayetteville, and the best whitewater rafting on the east coast.

7/01/2024-Cantrell Ultimate Rafting has been recognized in Tripadivsor’s® Travelers’ Choice® Awards for 2024. The award honors businesses that consistently earn great reviews, placing them among the top 10% of listings around the world on Tripadvisor. "We are honored to be included among travelers' favorites this year"

The Cantrell Ultimate Rafting Family

Excellent Whitewater Rafting Experience!

May 2024 • Family
If you want to try whitewater rafting, this is the place for you!! Highly skilled, family run, local business!! Stacey was an amazing guide, and for a chicken like me to feel totally confident to run these rapids for the first time (and have so much fun) is a feat in itself! Also, the father/son team (Terry and Dakota) that was part of our adventure are also amazing! They also have campgrounds on site and a bar/restaurant!

Stephanie R

Cantrell’s for the win!

May 2024 • Friends
Cantrell ultimate rafting is the place to go for a personalized river excursion on the New and/or Gauley. The staff and guides care about the experience of their guests and go above and beyond to facilitate great adventures. Hands down my number 1 pick for river outfitters.

Nicholas M

Cantrell’s, best on the river.

Best rafting company on the river IMO.
Been rafting with Richie and Nancy for a long time.
They are the best.
We have been doing an annual trip for 35 years and rafted out of many companies.
We found Cantrell’s probably 20 years ago and never left. Layed back relaxing atmosphere , an awesome getaway. Look forward to our trip every year.

Jason S


As West Virginia’s only boutique rafting company, our operation has the experience to offer you the best equipment, supervision, and coaching, while remaining small enough to provide you with personalized, quality service so that you feel confident during your New River whitewater rafting trip.


The Friday after Labor Day in September, what marks the beginning of “Gauley Season,” is a date held dear as the Summersville Dam is released, making the following six weeks of rafting the controlled releases into the Upper Gauley a yearly tradition for thrill-seekers everywhere.


Cantrell’s offers a variety of lodging options, including tent camping and luxury cabins. Our camping area is pet-friendly, and rests only minutes away from some of West Virginia’s best climbing locales that offer stunning views of the New River Gorge Bridge.


Join us for hot food, a cold pint, and amazing live music at Our House Pub & Grill in Fayetteville WV. Located at the Cantrell Ultimate Rafting base camp, Our House offers an interesting take on WV snacks, locally produced craft beer, unique cocktails, and live entertainment!