Rafting Season Has Officially Begun!


FAYETTEVILLE, WV (WOAY)-  With the beautiful weather West Virginia experience this weekend, rafting season officially began Saturday, April 21st.


Rafters from all over the world have been dreaming about this day since the first snow flake hit the ground.



Hundreds of rafters went to the New River and Gauley River to kick off the season.


Workers at Ace Adventure Resort said that rafting season helps bring business to the area.


The season will continue until the fall and even the weekend of Bridge Day.

Daniella Hankey

Daniella Hankey joined Newswatch as a Reporter. Armed with a major in Communications and Media Studies and a minor in Education, Daniella relocated to southern West Virginia from Florida to further pursue her career. During her time at Stetson, she covered several big stories on and off campus including the June 2016 Pulse Night Club shooting and Hurricane Matthew. She worked as a news anchor and reporter for her college news station and enjoyed an internship in productions at PBS. Her love for journalism started in high school when she was selected as a Bright House Varsity Reporter as well as the school anchor. Daniella was born and raised in Orlando and is a proud Floridian. Her current interests include enjoying everything West Virginia has to offer, from outdoor adventures to the beautiful mountains and scenery. As a multi-trained journalist, Daniella is always prepared to cover the stories that matter to our viewers and help to keep her newly adopted community informed. If you have any story ideas or news tips, please email Daniella at

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