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West Virginia whitewater, Gauley River

Nicholas county, Curtin Bridge to confluence with Big Beaver Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III(IV)     8.4 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so keep in mind that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Oak Hill, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. There arenít
    any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will
make you glad you came. This stretch of Gauley River in West Virginia is 8.4 miles long and has been rated as a class II-III(IV) section by American Whitewater. The wonderful Nicholas County scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Gauley River have people coming here. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon. There's camping available near Gauley River.

Briefly about the general area:
 
While you're here at Gauley River you will meet lots of people from close by Calvin. Go for a hike on the Perry Ridge Trail, and don't leave Gauley River without first going for a hike along the Harris Siding Trail. This is such a fun river. Summertime highs at Gauley River commonly tend to be in the 80's, and the nighttime is a tad chillier of course, typically in the 60's. Daytime highs throughout the wintertime are in the 40's with winter lows in the 20's overnight here at Gauley River. Gauley River sees pretty high levels of rain. Most of the rain falls during July; the driest of the months is January.

Gauley River, Curtin Bridge to confluence with Big Beaver Creek 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:
Big Beaver Creek, Nicholas County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4.5 miles long (Craigsville to Gauley River)
Gauley River, Nicholas County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 8.4 miles long (Curtin Bridge to confluence with Big Beaver Creek)
Panther Creek, Nicholas County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.3 miles long (Confluence with Jim's Branch to confluence with Gauley River)
Gauley River, Webster/Nicholas County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 9.8 miles long (Camden-0n-Gauley to Curtin Bridge)
Hominy Creek, Nicholas County, 9 miles away
      Class II-IV - 12 miles long (Hominy Falls to Mt. Nebo)
Laurel Creek - Cherry Tributary, Nicholas County, 9 miles away
      Class III+(V) - 5.3 miles long (Jetsville to Fenwick)
Cherry River, Nicholas County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (Watergate Inn to Gauley River)
Birch River, Webster/Nicholas County, 10 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 8.8 miles long (Boggs to Birch River)
Brushy Meadow Creek, Nicholas County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 1.5 miles long (Falls at Leivasy to confluence with Hominy Creek)
Muddlety Creek, Nicholas County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.5 miles long (West Virginia 41 to Summersville Lake)
 Ski Areas Near Gauley River:
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 48 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 49 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 59 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 95 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 97 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
 Marinas Near Gauley River:
Summersville Lake Marina, Summersville , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Gauley River:
Hampton Inn Summersville, Summersville , 10 miles away
Sleep Inn Summersville, Summersville , 11 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Summersville, Summersville , 11 miles away
Super 8 Summersville, Summersville , 11 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Summersville, Summersville , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Gauley River:
Summersville Music Park Campground, Summersville, 6 miles away
Big Rock Campground, Nicholas County, 11 miles away
Camp Caesar, Cowen, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Gauley River:
Perry Ridge Trail, Nicholas , 7 miles away
Harris Siding Trail, Nicholas , 7 miles away
Hinkle Branch Trail, Nicholas , 9 miles away
Cranberry Ridge Trail, Webster , 12 miles away
Adkin Rockhouse Trail, Webster , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Gauley River:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 40 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 40 miles away
Babcock State Park, West Virginia , 27 miles away
Hawks Nest State Park, West Virginia , 32 miles away
Holly River State Park, West Virginia , 32 miles away
 Lakes Near Gauley River
Summersville Lake, Nicholas , 15 miles away
Sutton Lake, Braxton , 20 miles away

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