West Virginia's Mighty Gauley River
Single Day White Water Rafting Trips on West Virginia's Upper and/or Lower Gauley
This is the Beast of the East, the most renowned white water in West Virginia, always in the top 3 in the nation, consistently in the top 5 in the WORLD.
Every Fall, the Army Corps of Engineers releases flood-level water into the Gauley on a pre-determined schedule. Here in West Virginia, we call it Gauley Season, and it allows us to know exactly what days will be the best for big-water action. Nobody runs the Upper Gauley better than we do. Every one of our Gauley trips gets a hot grilled lunch that would make Bobby Flay quake with excitement in a place so beautiful, it would make John Muir weep for joy. To get the most bang for your buck, have a look at our Easy-Plan Upper Gauley Packages, which include lodging and award-winning meals.
The Upper Gauley River drops over 335 feet in less than 13 miles. It's the essence of big-water rafting excitement creating an intense whitewater experience not recommended for the timid or inexperienced. The Upper Gauley River is continuous, big volume, technical, gut-wrenching whitewater from start to finish. Prior rafting experience and the ability to swim are recommended.
Downstream from the famed Upper Gauley, the river mellows ever so slightly so that the pace is just a bit slower. But don't let that lull you. The Lower Gauley is made up of long rapids with waves that are just as big as it's upstream sister. Rollercoaster haystacks rise and fall in great swells of excitement—the kind you won't find in a theme park. With over 70 rapids up to class V and breathtaking scenery the entire way, the Fall Lower Gauley is the best choice for an adventurous first-timer or an experienced Summer New River enthusiast who wants to go one step further.
Boat Upgrades: Want a bigger ride? Try a smaller boat. 6-person raft = $150/boat/day, $240/boat/day for double trips and marathons. 4-person raft = $200/boat/day, $300/boat/day for double trips and marathons.