From Lake Tear of the Clouds high in the Adirondack Mountains, to the busy harbors of New York City, the Hudson River courses through New York State, defining the landscape and attracting whitewater rafters from around the world.
With some of the best whitewater east of the Rocky Mountains, the Hudson River Gorge offers incredible Adirondack rafting with over 16 miles of stunning natural beauty close to Lake George, Lake Placid and Saratoga. Discover the awesome and varied landscape of the Adirondacks as you paddle along canyon walls and past waterfalls offering views of distant Adirondack High Peaks. Glimpse blue heron and bald eagles, and enjoy a truly unforgettable New York whitewater rafting trip down the mighty – and majestic – Hudson River.
What to Expect While Rafting the Hudson
As winters frozen landscape gives way to spring's irresistible thaw, the Hudson River becomes a swirling torrent of Class III, IV, and V rapids. Adventure Sports Rafting offers "Big Water" trips so you can experience the incredible thrill of the Hudson River's powerful whitewater. As the water calms, enjoy the stunning Adirondack landscape, jump in and swim in quieter pools along the Hudson River Gorge.
Join our next expedition down the Hudson River and experience the thrill of pounding whitewater and the meditative lull of a river at peace. For an unforgettable expedition, Reserve a Hudson River rafting trip today!
Prepare for some for the most intense rapids you will experience along the Hudson River Gorge! The whitewater rapids range from the Class III rapids of Gooley Steps and the Greyhound Bus Stopper to the Class IV and V rapids like the Blue Ledge and The Narrows.
Spring Whitewater Rafting Season
When winter's snow and ice melt, the Hudson River becomes a raging force of nature. Class IV and V rapids are not uncommon. Don a wetsuit, practice your paddling rhythm and join our experience and licensed guides for a thrilling ride down the mighty Hudson. We offer wetsuit rentals for just $15.
Summer Whitewater Rafting Season
Summer is peak season for Hudson River rafting. Spring's rushing rapids have calmed, offering a thrilling ride and warmer temperatures. Families should plan for Class III and IV rapids. Enjoy the stunning beauty of the Adirondacks in full bloom, and delight in the camaraderie of spending an afternoon on the river.
Fall Rafting Season
Fall rafting conditions are similar to those found in the summer months – with the exception of the landscape. Raft along a colorful forest decked out in full fall foliage regalia. Class III and IV rapids are the most common. Later in the whitewater rafting season, keep your eyes peeled for migrating birds and foraging wildlife. Fall is a great time for families with pre-teens to experience a whitewater rafting trip down the Hudson River.
Our Hudson River Whitewater Rafting Trips Include:
- Transportation to and from the Hudson River
- The use of top notch equipment including Avon self-bailing whitewater rafts, helmets, life-jackets and paddles
- New York State licensed First Aid and CPR certified whitewater rafting guides
- A homemade lunch, catered for special diets and vegetarians, which includes snacks, a sandwich and beverage
- Wetsuits are available to rent for $15 per day. Wetsuits are required during the spring months as water temperatures are quite chilly
- An on-site professional photographer taking action photos as you experience the thrill of the whitewater rapids. Photos are available for purchase at the end of the day and will be mailed to you
- Rafting discounts for groups of 10 or more as well as youth groups including and school trips