Gauley River (Upper)


The most well known whitewater run in the eastern U.S. This is a consistent class V river that gets really crowded during “Gauley Season” in the fall. The river is jam packed with both private and commercial boaters from September to October. Don’t forget that this river runs at many other times during the year.  Commercial outfitters offer trips on this section.  Find more details on the American Whitewater link below.


What's It Like to Swim on the Upper Gauley? (Highland Outdoors)
Rafting Reunion on the Gauley River (Highland Outdoors)
First Descent: Naming the "Big Five" Rapids of the Upper Gauley (Highland Outdoors)


About 6 miles south of Summersville, turn onto SR 129. Go 2.6 miles to the put-in at the Dam (Google Directions below). To get to the take-out (see American WW for more take-out descriptions), continue on SR 129 for 5.9 miles and take a left onto Bakus Branch Rd (Panther Mt. Rd). Go 1.8 miles, intersect with cr 11/1 go right for .7 miles to a parking field.


Whitewater , Camping


Gauley River National Recreation Area

104 Main Street

Glen Jean, WV 25846-0246


(304) 465-0508

Web resources:

NPS - Gauley River National Recreation Area  



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