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    Gauley River

    National Recreation Area West Virginia



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?

Eastern hellbender

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.