• rafters paddling through whitewater

    Gauley River

    National Recreation Area West Virginia

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Virginia Spirea

High-energy rivers are an ecological driving force for some plant communities. Gauley River is an excellent example of a high energy system which supports rare plant species and their communities. Rare plants here include Virginia Spiraea, Appalachian Blue Violet, and Balsam Squaw-weed.