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West Virginia whitewater, Gauley River

Webster Nicholas county, Camden-0n-Gauley to Curtin Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     9.8 miles
  The nature scenery of West Virginia and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great. The put-in location is a short drive from Oak Hill, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Camden-0n-Gauley to Curtin Bridge section is just one of many. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Getting your paddling muscles activated and
    just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's good length for a morning trip. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater
rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good rivers for that around here. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many runs in this state are very easy. The Camden-0n-Gauley to Curtin  
Bridge stretch of Gauley River is 9.8 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-II section.

Briefly about the general area:
Gauley River is not far at all from Craigsville, and going for a hike on the Perry Ridge Trail is always a good adventure. Near Gauley River you come across the Harris Siding Trail which is a splendid hiking trail. All the water falling down from the sky makes Gauley River a wet place. July is the wettest month with most rain; January is when it's the driest. The warmest time of the year brings highs in the 80's to Gauley River, and through the night it cools down to the 60's.

Gauley River, Camden-0n-Gauley to Curtin Bridge road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Gauley River.
 Whitewater Near Gauley River:
Gauley River, Webster/Nicholas County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 9.8 miles long (Camden-0n-Gauley to Curtin Bridge)
Gauley River, Nicholas County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 8.4 miles long (Curtin Bridge to confluence with Big Beaver Creek)
Big Beaver Creek, Nicholas County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4.5 miles long (Craigsville to Gauley River)
Panther Creek, Nicholas County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.3 miles long (Confluence with Jim's Branch to confluence with Gauley River)
Cherry River, Nicholas County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (Watergate Inn to Gauley River)
Birch River, Webster/Nicholas County, 8 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 8.8 miles long (Boggs to Birch River)
Cranberry River, Nicholas County, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7 miles long (Big Rock Camping Area to Gauley River)
Gauley River, Webster County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 10.5 miles long (Donaldson to Camden-on-Gauley)
Williams River, Pocahontas County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III - 5.1 miles long (Day Run Camping area to Tea Creek)
Laurel Creek - Cherry Tributary, Nicholas County, 9 miles away
      Class III+(V) - 5.3 miles long (Jetsville to Fenwick)
 Ski Areas Near Gauley River:
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 44 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 52 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 56 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 90 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 93 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
 Marinas Near Gauley River:
Summersville Lake Marina, Summersville , 16 miles away
Bee Run Docks, Sutton , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Gauley River:
Hampton Inn Summersville, Summersville , 14 miles away
Sleep Inn Summersville, Summersville , 15 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Summersville, Summersville , 15 miles away
Super 8 Summersville, Summersville , 15 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Summersville, Summersville , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Gauley River:
Big Rock Campground, Nicholas County, 7 miles away
Camp Caesar, Cowen, 7 miles away
Bishop Knob, Upperglade, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Gauley River:
Harris Siding Trail, Nicholas , 3 miles away
Perry Ridge Trail, Nicholas , 3 miles away
Hinkle Branch Trail, Nicholas , 5 miles away
Cranberry Ridge Trail, Webster , 8 miles away
Adkin Rockhouse Trail, Webster , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Gauley River:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 44 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 44 miles away
Holly River State Park, West Virginia , 28 miles away
Babcock State Park, West Virginia , 31 miles away
Cedar Creek State Park, West Virginia , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Gauley River:
Mountain View Golf Course, Webster Springs , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Gauley River
Sutton Lake, Braxton , 19 miles away
Summersville Lake, Nicholas , 19 miles away

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