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    Gauley River

    National Recreation Area West Virginia

Nearby Attractions

river and gorge
New River Gorge National River
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Nearby National Parks

 
Bluestone River

Bluestone National Scenic River
In 1988, Bluestone National Scenic River was designated a unit of the Wild and Scenic Rivers System, which Congress established to preserve the free-flowing condition of the nation's rivers. This park includes a 10.5-mile segment of the Bluestone River with virtually no vehicular access into the area. The most common methods of entry are the aerial tram at Pipestem Resort State Park, the parking area at Lilly, and the trailhead at Bluestone State Park. more…

 
river and gorge

New River Gorge National River

A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities. more…

 

West Virginia State Parks

 
Civil War reenactors

Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park

Located near Summersville, Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park preserves the site of an important Civil War battlefield. Overlooks provide outstanding views of the Gauley River. The park features hiking trails, picnic areas, overlooks, and a museum. more…

 
river from scenic overlook

Hawks Nest State Park

Hawks Nest State Park offers outstanding views into the gorge just north of the New River Gorge Bridge. The park features a lodge, picnic areas, hiking trails, and jet boat ride on the New River. more…

 
grist mill

Babcock State Park
Babcock State Park, one of the oldest parks in West Virginia, is located within the boundaries of New River Gorge National River. A feature of the 4,000 acre park is a widely photographed grist mill. Within the park are log cabin accommodations, hiking trails, a stable, a lake for fishing and boating, and campsites. more…

 

Other Destinations

 
view of lake from overlook

Summersville Lake
Managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Summersville Lake provides outstanding opportunities for boating, swimming, fishing, and camping. more…

 
Cranberry glades

Monongahela National Forest
The Monongahela National Forest straddles the highest ridges in the state, creating a fantastic place to hike, camp, hunt, and fish. Cranberry Glades and Falls of Hill Creek are spectacular natural areas that are fairly close to the New River Gorge area. more...

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.