The Best Rafting Rivers for Families
Rafting the Family river rafting
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Family rafting trips—whether a multi-day expedition or a scenic half-day float—are a blast. Highlights include bumpy rapids (up to Class III), sightings of wildlife such as eagles and bears, and the chance to bed down under the stars deep in the woods. And, given their proximity to many of the country's national parks and forests, whitewater-rafting adventures are perfect for summer road trips or fun-filled weekend escapes. Outfitters offer an excellent array of family-tailored trips, as well as equipment and safety procedures to satisfy even the most worrisome parent. Of course, parents should also pay close heed to outfitters' age and size restrictions, as well as trip lengths, difficulty levels, and seasonal conditions. Remember, a half-day float is much better than a day-long outing in the company of wet, tired, cold, or bored kids.

Colorado River, Colorado
Flathead River, Montana
French Broad River, North Carolina
Green River (Desolation Canyon), Utah
James River, Virginia
Kennebec River, Maine
Lower and Middle Youghiogheny River, Pennsylvania
Main Fork of the Salmon River, Idaho
Rogue River, Oregon
San Miguel River, Colorado
Shenandoah River (South Fork), Virginia
Skagit River, Washington
Smith River, Montana
Trinity River, California
Upper Missouri River, Montana

Published: 10 Jun 2011 | Last Updated: 27 Jun 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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