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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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  • I've done Nantahala, Ocoee, Chatooga, Cheoah, Pigeon Forge and OMG Gauley is my new favorite! Such a blast! Just a really fun river. The upper river has higher quicker rapids, lower spread apart, but ...  more »
  • Gauley River NPS was a gorgeous spot to visit in WV. There's a lot of history in this area which has Gauley River designated as a part of the National Park service. We will come back when it's warmer ...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Love the Gauley and all the birds and animals it draws
  • Beautiful river for lots of outdoors activities.
  • There's no better place to be
  • It's Beautiful
  • One of the places to do Whitewater rafting.

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