Plan Your Visit
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.
Download the Gauley River National Recreation Area brochure
Check the Whitewater page for information on whitewater rafting, river levels, and release schedules.
Things to Do: Check here for information about camping, whitewater rafting, fishing, and hunting.
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?
The eastern hellbender is a rare salamander that is found in the Gauley River Gorge. They can reach over two feet and length and weigh up to five pounds. Hellbenders require clean, cool streams with many large rocks scattered on the bottom.