River Trips

To check water conditions on the Greenbrier, follow this link to the Alderson gauge for current and predicted water levels. We like to see the river between 2.5 and 4.5 on the gauge for the best paddling.

The Greenbrier is the longest undammed river in the eastern United States. It runs a total of 173 miles and supplies the New River with an estimated 30% of its volume. Whether it’s the rush of a white water rapid in a canoe or kayak or a laid back drift in a tube, we’ve got the ride you’re looking for. We offer day trips of various lengths from Caldwell to Alderson and the river provides a variety of challenges depending on the season.

We supply boats and tubes, paddles, PFDs, transport and pickup. You bring hats, jackets, coolers and ice, sunblock, suitable foot wear (no flip flops) and clothing to match the time of year and to insure a comfortable day on the river. A waterproof bag is recommended for cameras, cell phones keys and wallets. Don’t hesitate to call the office to schedule your next paddle and “Go with the flow.”

All river trips include shuttle service to drop-in point and pickup from areas other than the campground. Shuttles of private watercraft can be arranged with prior notice. Although we provide rates for solo paddlers, we do not recommend going it alone unless you’re experienced and confident of your river skills.

We recommend that you call in advance for available trips, which are dependent on river conditions, and to reserve watercraft.

River Policies

  • Your PFD (life jacket) must be worn at all times while on the water – they don’t work if you don’t wear them!
  • We require all guests to wear suitable water shoes with backs (no flip flops).
  • Alcoholic beverages and glass containers are not allowed on the river.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Their safety is the sole responsibility of the parent or guardian. Capabilities vary by child, but we offer the following guidelines: children under the age of 7, a weight of 50 lbs., or a height of 4′ should not be on the river.
  • All river customers must sign a release.
  • We accept no responsibility for loss or damage to camera equipment, phones, keys, etc.
  • All rental equipment must be returned or available for pickup by 5:00 p.m.
  • The Greenbrier River Company reserves the right to refuse service at our discretion.

Rates

Kayak or Ducky
  • Solo Trip$50
  • 2 or more boats$37.74
  • Double kayak/ducky$72
  • Group (8 or more kayaks)10% discount
Canoe
  • Solo Trip$50
  • Double Canoe (2 paddlers)$72
  • Third person$12
  • Group (8 or more canoes)10% discount
Classic Colorado Pontoon Boat
  • Per boat$50
Tube Float Trips
  • Per person$21.70
We accept all major credit cards.

Trip Details

Certain sections described below may only be available on multi-day trips early in the season. Our day trips are primarily between Caldwell and Alderson, and are dependent upon river levels. Tubing trips are usually limited to the Fort Spring-to-Campground section.
Renick to Anthony
Mostly Class I water with small rapids. Very scenic and remote. There is one Class III rapid (Tumble Rock) located three miles above the Anthony Bridge. April and May are the best months to run this section.
  • Length in River Miles10
  • Paddling Time4 hrs.
  • Shuttle Round Trip Time2 hrs.
  • Shuttle Round Trip Distance64 miles
Anthony to Caldwell
Class I water and during the spring months some rapids can run Class II. On this trip the river starts to broaden and has much more volume. April and May are the ideal months to float this section when the current is swift and large haystacks appear.
  • Length in River Miles13
  • Paddling Time5 hrs.
  • Shuttle Round Trip Time1.5 hrs.
  • Shuttle Round Trip Distance44 miles
Caldwell to Ronceverte Island Park
All Class I water. Whitcomb Rapid is located under the C&O Railroad Bridge. During April and May this rapid can run to Class II. Near the Island Park a rock dam stretches across the entire width of the river. This is a great family or beginners’ canoe trip, but may not be available during the summer months.
  • Length in River Miles6
  • Paddling Time2.5 hrs.
  • Shuttle Round Trip Time1 hrs.
  • Shuttle Round Trip Distance27 miles
Ronceverte Island Park to Fort Spring
This is a great family or beginners’ trip. Class I & II water with mild excitement. Very scenic with several small rapids.
  • Length in River Miles8.5
  • Paddling Time3.5 hrs.
  • Shuttle Round Trip Time45 min.
  • Shuttle Round Trip Distance18 miles
Fort Spring to Greenbrier River Campground
Class I & II water. This section will challenge your paddling skills, make your heart beat faster, and give you a feeling of accomplishment. This is our most popular trip and it will give you a sample of the best rapids on the river.
  • Length in River Miles2.5
  • Paddling Time1.5 hrs.
  • Shuttle Round Trip Time30 min.
  • Shuttle Round Trip Distance3.5 miles
Greenbrier River Campground to Alderson
Class I & II water and during the spring season Class III. This trip during the spring is for the experienced canoeist looking for excitement. Rapids can be technical and fast running. This is a very popular trip and gives you something to brag about.
  • Length in River Miles5
  • Paddling Time2 hrs.
  • Shuttle Round Trip Time30 min.
  • Shuttle Round Trip Distance8 miles
Alderson to Pence Springs
Class I water with small rapids. Flat pools and nice scenery. We don’t have a take-out location in Pence Springs, but can arrange private shuttles for this section if you have permission to use a take-out location.
  • Length in River Miles8.5
  • Paddling Time3.5 hrs.
  • Shuttle Round Trip Time45 min.
  • Shuttle Round Trip Distance32 miles
Pence Springs to Talcott Bridge
Class I water with small rapids, flat pools and nice scenery. Very enjoyable section of the river. Great for all levels of skill. This is not one of our standard trips, but we can arrange private shuttles for this section.
  • Length in River Miles4.5
  • Paddling Time1.5 hrs.
  • Shuttle Round Trip Time75 min.
  • Shuttle Round Trip Distance60 miles

Shuttle Service

Shuttle service is the transportation of private boats with our company vans. The service includes help in loading and unloading of boats and gear. Standard shuttle rates listed below are for 1 to 4 boats. Rates include parking and/or take-out/launch at the Campground. Please check with the office to confirm availability of shuttle service or to arrange service for larger groups, different locations, etc. The shuttle service fee does not apply if you are renting Greenbrier River Company canoes, kayaks, pontoons or tubes.
Shuttle Rates – Private Watercraft
  • Fort Spring$20
  • Alderson$25
  • Ronceverte, Island Park$40
  • Caldwell$60

Combined Trips

Connecting sections of the river can be combined for longer trips at no additional rental charge if trip is completed between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M.

Overnight Trips/Multi-day Trips

Multi-day canoeing trips are offered when water levels on the upper sections are adequate. We offer up to 3-day trips and can assist with trip planning, river maps, shuttle service, and general information.
Average trip time will vary according to water level, weather, paddling skill, and type of craft. As noted in the descriptions, not all trips are available at all times. Please call the office to check on available trips.

CANOES and KAYAKS ~ 2 1/2 miles per hour
TUBES ~ 1 mile per hour

These times do not include scouting rapids, fishing, lunch breaks, or rest periods.