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West Virginia whitewater, Gauley River

Nicholas Fayette county, Bucklick Branch to Swiss section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV(V)     11 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Oak Hill, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The nature scenery of Nicholas/Fayette County and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. 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. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just
    hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good places for that around here. The Bucklick
Branch to Swiss section of Gauley River is 11 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-IV(V) section. This section is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so why not pack your camp stove too. The Bucklick Branch to Swiss section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. The average West Virginia whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in  
other states, so better not forget that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
A perfect spot to go to in the vicinity of Gauley River is Lower Elk Hollow, and Hawks Nest State Park is a wonderful place to stretch your legs a bit. Hiking along the Way Back Trail is magnificent fun, and you'll meet a lot of people from Swiss here. This is such a great river. A short trip to Upper Mash Rapids is always worthwhile, and you can have a pleasant hiking adventure along the Carnifex Trail.

Gauley River, Bucklick Branch to Swiss 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:
Peters Creek, Nicholas County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III+(V+) - 2.5 miles long (County 22 bridge to mouth)
Gauley River, Nicholas/Fayette County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 11 miles long (Bucklick Branch to Swiss)
Mill Creek - New River Tributary, Fayette County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2 miles long (Ansted to confluence of New River)
Gauley River, Nicholas/Fayette County, 6 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 5.5 miles long (Mason Branch to Bucklick Branch)
Leatherwood Creek, Clay County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 4.5 miles long (Confluence of right fork to Confluence of Elk River)
New River, Fayette County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 6 miles long (Hawks Nest Dam to Gauley Bridge)
Mill Creek - New River Tributary, Fayette County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Hopewell Road bridge to Ansted)
Whitewater Outfitter - Wildwater Expeditions, Fayette County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Class VI - Mountain River, Fayette County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Laurel Creek - New River Tributary, Fayette County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 1.5 miles long (Beckwith to Cotton Hill)
 Ski Areas Near Gauley River:
Winterplace, West Virginia , 34 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 76 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 85 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Marinas Near Gauley River:
Summersville Lake Marina, Summersville , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Gauley River:
The Morris Harvey House, Fayetteville , 10 miles away
Quality Inn New River Gorge, Fayetteville , 10 miles away
Comfort Inn New River, Oak Hill , 12 miles away
Holiday Lodge, Oak Hill , 14 miles away
Econo Lodge Summersville, Summersville , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Gauley River:
Madd Jack's Campground, Ramsey, 5 miles away
Tawney Farm, Summersville, 5 miles away
Mountain State Campground, Fayetteville, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Gauley River:
Way Back Trail, Nicholas , 8 miles away
Carnifex Trail, Nicholas , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Gauley River:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 19 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 19 miles away
Hawks Nest State Park, West Virginia , 6 miles away
Babcock State Park, West Virginia , 15 miles away
Little Beaver State Park, West Virginia , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Gauley River:
Hawks Nest Golf Course, Gauley Bridge , 9 miles away
Bridge Haven Golf Club, Fayetteville , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Gauley River
Summersville Lake, Nicholas , 13 miles away
Plum Orchard Lake, Fayette , 18 miles away

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