Wild and Wonderful

The 25 miles of free-flowing Gauley River and the six miles of the Meadow River pass through scenic gorges and valleys containing a wide variety of natural and cultural features. The Gauley River contains several class V+ rapids, making it one of the most adventurous white water boating rivers in the east.

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Kayaker paddling through a rapid on the Gauley River

Plan Your Visit

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History and Culture

Learn about the history and culture of Gauley River National Recreation Area

Deer standing in field


Learn about nature at New River Gorge National River

Raft going through a rapid

Photos and Multimedia

Photos and Multimedia of Gauley River National Recreation Area

Last updated: November 17, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Gauley River National Recreation Area
P.O. Box 246

Glen Jean, WV 25846-0246


(304) 465-0508

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