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


Paddling the Gauley River is an exciting, adrenaline filled experience, attracting people from all over to enjoy the river.

Safety is important on swift running rivers. Please wear a life jacket.

Stay Safe On And Near The River

Staying safe on the Gauley River is important, whether you are boating, fishing, camping of hiking. Plan ahead and always wear a life jacket

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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