The Best 5 States For Whitewater Rafting in America
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The Best 5 States For Whitewater Rafting in America


America is home to so many incredible whitewater destinations it is hard to know where to start! Luckily, AVA has you covered with The best 5 states for whitewater rafting in America. 


Of course our home state has some of the best whitewater on the planet! Check out the Arkansas River for incredible whitewater trips ranging from mild floats to full day class V adventures! Brown’s Canyon is the place to start with some of the most continuous class III rapids and most picturesque scenery in the country! If you are looking for some adventure closer to the city, check out the raging waters of Clear Creek just 30 minutes from downtown Denver! Clear Creek is the perfect day trip for the first timers to the adrenaline junkie. The creek will keep anyone occupied with rapids ranging from class II to class V!

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The great state of California can make your whitewater dreams come true! The American River is the perfect place to start for those looking for slow and mild to wet and wild adventures! Enjoy river trips ranging from class II to class IV and feature half day to multi-day adventures.

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Idaho has some of the longest and most scenic stretches of river in the world! Idaho’s middle fork of the Salmon River is known as the premier wilderness rivers in the world. The river trips offer experiences for all ages and all intensity levels. Adventurers will  bask in the glory of the most spectacular scenery seen from the deepest gorge in North America. Explore numerous hot springs, abundant wildlife and historic sights along the banks of the famed Salmon RIver.

West Virginia

The Gauley River in West Virginina should be on the bucket list of every adrenaline junkie. With continuous class V whitewater running only 6 weeks a year. Those looking for the height of the rafting experience should head to West Virginia and experience the mighty Gauley River.

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North Carolina

The Nantahala is a crystal clear river that is the perfect family adventure. Enjoy mild class II to more exciting class rapids that are the perfect introduction to the whitewater experience. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of a true mountain river. Nantahala river trips are not to be missed!