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Gauley River, West Virginia

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The Gauley River is a 105mi river in West Virginia. It merges with the New River to form the Kanawha River, a tributary of the Ohio River. It is one of the most popular advanced whitewater runs in the Eastern United States and is the chief feature of the Gauley River National Recreation Area.Headwaters and courseThe Gauley rises in the Monongahela National Forest on Gauley Mountain in Pocahontas County as three streams, the North, Middle, and South Forks, each of which flows across the southern extremity of Randolph County; they converge in Webster County. The river then flows generally west-southwestwardly through Webster, Nicholas and Fayette counties, past the towns of Camden-on-Gauley and Summersville, to the town of Gauley Bridge, where it joins the New River to form the Kanawha River. Via the Kanawha and Ohio rivers, it is part of the Mississippi River watershed.
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  • June 28, 2017
    Visiting the Gauley is a must especially for those interested in Whitewater action! The scenery is amazing and sound of the roaring rocks and mesmerizing  more »
  • October 5, 2016
    We went during the dam release season - it was pretty awesome. We had a few first-timers including myself, and we made it through the Middle and Lower Gauley without any spills or issues. We wished we...  more »
  • September 26, 2016
    Beautiful, clean river! I did white water rafting for the first time ever on the Lower Gauley. It was so much fun! Tons of other rafters and kayakers out there. Great views and so much fun!  more »

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