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West Virginia whitewater, Gauley River

Webster county, Bolair to Donaldson section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     7 miles
  The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other states, so better not forget that the rivers in this state are less demanding. The Bolair to Donaldson stretch of Gauley River in West Virginia is 7 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-II section. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve
    in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The natural beauty of West Virginia and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip. Great
exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling rivers. The starting point is not too far from Clarksburg, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others  

Briefly about the general area:
Hiking along the Adkin Rockhouse Trail is glorious fun; Hickman Hollow is a pleasant spot to pop by. Going for a hike along the Snakeden Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this vicinity. Lots of people from Upperglade come to Gauley River. The warmest time of the year at Gauley River comes with high temperatures in the 80's. For the period of the moonlight hours it's mostly in the 60's. Throughout the winter this place gets highs in the 40's, and nighttime lows at Gauley River during the winter generally dip into the 20's.

Gauley River, Bolair to Donaldson 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 - 7 miles long (Bolair to Donaldson)
Gauley River, Webster County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 10.5 miles long (Donaldson to Camden-on-Gauley)
Williams River, Pocahontas County, 4 miles away
      Class I-III - 5.1 miles long (Day Run Camping area to Tea Creek)
Laurel Creek - Elk River Tributary, Webster County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.6 miles long (Confluence with McAvoy Run to Erbacon)
Elk River, Webster County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 17.3 miles long (Webster Springs to CR7)
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)
Cranberry River, Nicholas County, 6 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7 miles long (Big Rock Camping Area to Gauley River)
Williams River, Pocahontas/Webster County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 10 miles long (Three Forks of Williams to Gauley River)
Gauley River, Webster County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.3 miles long (Confluence with Turkey Fork to Bolair)
Gauley River, Webster/Nicholas County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 9.8 miles long (Camden-0n-Gauley to Curtin Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Gauley River:
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 34 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 48 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 63 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 79 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 82 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 99 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 , 20 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Gassaway/Sutton, Gassaway , 24 miles away
Hampton Inn Summersville, Summersville , 25 miles away
Sleep Inn Summersville, Summersville , 25 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Gauley River:
Bishop Knob, Upperglade, 4 miles away
Camp Caesar, Cowen, 5 miles away
Cranberry Campground, Webster County, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Gauley River:
Adkin Rockhouse Trail, Webster , 4 miles away
Snakeden Trail, Webster , 5 miles away
Cranberry Ridge Trail, Webster , 5 miles away
Bear Run Trail, Webster , 5 miles away
Bee Run Trail, Nicholas , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Gauley River:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 55 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 55 miles away
Holly River State Park, West Virginia , 18 miles away
Watoga State Park, West Virginia , 28 miles away
Cedar Creek State Park, West Virginia , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Gauley River:
Mountain View Golf Course, Webster Springs , 7 miles away

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