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. The Gauley River National Recreation Area is managed by New River Gorge National River.
Hours + Fees
The area is open year-round. The official Gauley boating season is from early September through mid October. Boating is occasionally possible at other times, depending on water releases from Summersville Dam.
Map + Directions
From Route 19, take Route 129 West at Mount Nebo. The river access area is reached by taking the second left after you cross over the dam on Route 129.