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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?

Rafting through rapid on Gauley River

Dropping more than 668 feet through 28 miles of rugged terrain, the Gauley River's complex stretch of whitewater features more than 100 rapids with a steep gradient, technical runs, an incredible volume of water and huge waves.