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    Gauley River

    National Recreation Area West Virginia

Plan Your Visit

Rafters on the Gauley River

With a little advance planning, you can make the most of your trip to Gauley River National Recreation Area. Check the contents of this website, contact the park, or once you are here in the park, ask the friendly park rangers to help you plan your visit. Stop by one of the nearby New River Gorge National River visitor centers or headquarters for assistance.

whitewater rafters

Check the Whitewater page for information on whitewater rafting, river levels, and release schedules.

whitewater rafters

Things to Do: Check here for information about camping, whitewater rafting, fishing, and hunting.

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Things to know before you come: Check here for park rules and regulations.


Check out our safety page to learn how to have a safe visit.

Did You Know?

Rafters and rafts below Sweets Falls

Whitewater rafting attracts over 60,000 adventurers to the Gauley River each year. The upper Gauley offers tremendous class III to V+ drops in steep, turbulent chutes such as Pillow Rock and Sweet's Falls, and rocky routes that demand constant maneuvering such as Lost Paddle and Shipwreck.