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    Gauley River

    National Recreation Area West Virginia

Safety

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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. Click on the items above to better understand some of the possible hazards and safety issues you may encounter.

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.