Wild and Wonderful

The 25 miles of free-flowing Gauley River and the six miles of the Meadow River pass through scenic gorges and valleys containing a wide variety of natural and cultural features. The Gauley River contains several class V+ rapids, making it one of the most adventurous white water boating rivers in the east.

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Gauley River Whitewater

Vigorous rapids, scenic quality and inaccessibility combine to make the Gauley River one of the premier whitewater runs in the world.

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Social Media: Join the Conversation

Stay connected with what is happening at Gauley River National Recreation Area, Bluestone National Scenic River, and New River Gorge National River.

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For Your Safety

Taking time to plan and prepare for your visit to Gauley River National Recreation Area will better ensure that it is a safe and enjoyable time.

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Visit the official Gauley River National Recreation Area YouTube channel to see videos created highlighting the park and running the river.

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The National Park Service offers anyone interested a variety of ways to get involved, click to learn how.

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Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park

Nestled on the rim of the Gauley River Canyon near Summersville, West Virginia, Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park is an important Civil War battle

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