Gauley River, West Virginia
Categories: Bodies of Water, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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.Before you head to Summersville, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Summersville travel itinerary maker, to make sure you see all that Summersville has to offer, including Gauley River.
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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... read more »
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!
Rafted the upper and lower gauley (24 miles) with ACE! An amazing time. In essence, every fall the Army Corps of Engineers release an upstream dam so that 2800 cubic feet/sec of water flows down the r... read more »
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