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West Virginia whitewater, Gauley River

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


CLASS I-II     8.3 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside West Virginia you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. This section of Gauley River is 8.3 miles long and it is classified as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. The starting location is
    a reasonable drive from Clarksburg, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. The wonderful West Virginia scenery
and the water flowing gracefully down Gauley River are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This stretch has has enough mileage, it's perfect for a one day trip. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Getting some good exercise and  
just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
The Twin Branch Trail offers hiking at its best, and you'll probably meet some people from Webster Springs here. Gauley River is right by the Turkey Mountain Trail, and a great place like Holly River State Park is too great to leave out. A river like this is too good to miss. For the period of the summertime, highs mostly are in the 80's at Gauley River. Once the sun is down it dips down to the 60's. High temperatures throughout the wintertime are normally in the 40's; overnight lows in the 20's for Gauley River.

Gauley River, Confluence with Turkey Fork to Bolair 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:
Gauley River, Webster County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.3 miles long (Confluence with Turkey Fork to Bolair)
Gauley River, Webster County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (Bolair to Donaldson)
Elk River, Webster County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 17.3 miles long (Webster Springs to CR7)
Williams River, Pocahontas/Webster County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 10 miles long (Three Forks of Williams to Gauley River)
Elk River - Back Fork, Webster County, 5 miles away
      Class II+ - 5.8 miles long (Big Sycamore to Webster Springs)
Grassy Creek, Webster County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.5 miles long (Orndoff Church to confluence with Right Fork of Holly River Close to Diana)
Elk River, Webster County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 11.6 miles long (Bergoo to Webster Springs)
Gauley River, Webster County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 10.5 miles long (Donaldson to Camden-on-Gauley)
Holly River - Right Fork, Webster/Braxton County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 14.8 miles long (Confluence of Grassy Creek to confluence of Left Fork)
Holly River - Right Fork, Webster County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.5 miles long (Jumbo to confluence of Grassy Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Gauley River:
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 29 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 44 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 67 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 74 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 77 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 94 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Gauley River:
Serenity Now, Snowshoe , 10 miles away
Days Inn & Suites Sutton Flatwoods, Sutton , 23 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Gassaway/Sutton, Gassaway , 28 miles away
Hampton Inn Summersville, Summersville , 30 miles away
Sleep Inn Summersville, Summersville , 31 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Gauley River:
Cranberry Campground, Webster County, 6 miles away
Bishop Knob, Upperglade, 8 miles away
Cranberry River Dispersed, Upperglade, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Gauley River:
Twin Branch Trail, Webster , 4 miles away
Turkey Mountain Trail, Webster , 4 miles away
Little Fork Trail, Webster , 6 miles away
Lick Branch Trail, Webster , 7 miles away
Snakeden Trail, Webster , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Gauley River:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 60 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 60 miles away
Holly River State Park, West Virginia , 14 miles away
Watoga State Park, West Virginia , 25 miles away
Cass Railroad State Park, West Virginia , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Gauley River:
Mountain View Golf Course, Webster Springs , 4 miles away

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