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West Virginia whitewater, Gauley River

Webster county, Confluence with South Fork to confluence with Turkey Fork section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     9.5 miles
  The average West Virginia whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so don't forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. The nature scenery of Webster County and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This section of Gauley River in Webster County is 9.5 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater.
    Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good spots for that around here. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The Confluence with South Fork
to confluence with Turkey Fork section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. The starting location is a short drive from Clarksburg, as you can see on the road map further down. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature are sure to keep you coming back for more.

Briefly about the
general area:
There's glorious hiking along the Turkey Mountain Trail, and a magnificent place nearby is Rocky Hollow. Good hiking is available along the County Line Trail; the good folks of Bergoo like to hang out close by. This river is always fun. Don't leave Gauley River without dropping by Holly River State Park. Gauley River commonly gets lots of rain. Through July this area sees the most rain while October is commonly the driest month. At Gauley River through the warm months highs are in the 80's. For the duration of the dark hours of summer temperatures fall down into the 50's.

Gauley River, Confluence with South Fork to confluence with Turkey Fork road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Gauley River.
 Whitewater Near Gauley River:
Leatherwood Creek, Webster County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.3 miles long (Forks of creek to Bergoo)
Elk River, Webster County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 11.6 miles long (Bergoo to Webster Springs)
Gauley River, Webster County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 9.5 miles long (Confluence with South Fork to confluence with Turkey Fork)
Gauley River, Webster County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.3 miles long (Confluence with Turkey Fork to Bolair)
Williams River, Pocahontas/Webster County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 11 miles long (Tea Creek to Three Forks of Williams)
Williams River, Pocahontas/Webster County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 10 miles long (Three Forks of Williams to Gauley River)
Elk River - Back Fork, Webster County, 7 miles away
      Class II+ - 5.8 miles long (Big Sycamore to Webster Springs)
Tea Creek, Pocahontas County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.9 miles long (Confluence of Right Fork to confluence with Williams River)
Elk River - Back Fork, Webster County, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.6 miles long (Confluence of Sugar Creek to Big Sycamore)
Sugar Creek, Webster County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 1.8 miles long (Confluence of Little Sugar Creek to confluence of Back Fork of Elk)
 Ski Areas Near Gauley River:
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 22 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 38 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 68 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 71 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 72 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 89 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 97 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Hotels Near Gauley River:
Serenity Now, Snowshoe , 15 miles away
Days Inn & Suites Sutton Flatwoods, Sutton , 30 miles away
Hampton Inn Buckhannon, Buckhannon , 30 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Buckhannon, Buckhannon , 32 miles away
Quality Inn Weston, Weston , 34 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Gauley River:
Williams River RUA Site D2, Bergoo, 6 miles away
Tea Creek Campground, Pocahontas County, 6 miles away
Williams River RUA Site D4, Buckeye, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Gauley River:
County Line Trail, Pocahontas , 4 miles away
Turkey Mountain Trail, Webster , 4 miles away
Twin Branch Trail, Webster , 5 miles away
District Line Trail, Pocahontas , 5 miles away
Big Beechy Trail, Pocahontas , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Gauley River:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 66 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 66 miles away
Holly River State Park, West Virginia , 14 miles away
Watoga State Park, West Virginia , 20 miles away
Cass Railroad State Park, West Virginia , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Gauley River:
Mountain View Golf Course, Webster Springs , 9 miles away
Raven Golf Club at Snowshoe, Snowshoe , 18 miles away

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