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West Virginia whitewater, New River

Fayette county, Hawks Nest Dam to Gauley Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV(V)     6 miles
  The wonderful West Virginia scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Oak Hill, as you can see on the road map further down. This section of New River in West Virginia is 6 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-IV(V) section. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time
    outdoors will make you glad you came. This stretch is mid length, it's perfect for a one day trip. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of places for that. Lodging is available near
the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in West Virginia is often easier than elsewhere, so better not forget that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Hawks Nest Dam to Gauley Bridge stretch is just one of many.

Briefly about the general area:
If you're dropping by New River from
Kanawha Falls, you won't be the only one, and Hawks Nest State Park is worth checking out. James Hudnall Spring is a picturesque place to have a look at while you're at New River. The panoramas at Bluestone National Scenic River will blow your mind, and a visit here wouldn’t be complete without a spree to nearby Babcock State Park. A lot of rain falls at New River. All through the month of July you get the most rain around here; the driest month is February. During the summertime here at New River, high temperatures generally get into the 80's. During the dark hours of summer temperatures sink down into the 60's.

New River, Hawks Nest Dam to Gauley Bridge 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 New River.
 Whitewater Near New River:
New River, Fayette County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 6 miles long (Hawks Nest Dam to Gauley Bridge)
Laurel Creek - New River Tributary, Fayette County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 1.5 miles long (Beckwith to Cotton Hill)
Mill Creek - New River Tributary, Fayette County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2 miles long (Ansted to confluence of New River)
Wolf Creek, Fayette County, 6 miles away
      Class V+ - 2.1 miles long (Reservoir to New River)
Loop Creek, Fayette County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III(V) - 9.3 miles long (North Page to Deepwater)
Mill Creek - New River Tributary, Fayette County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Hopewell Road bridge to Ansted)
Whitewater Outfitter - River Expeditions, Fayette County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Class VI - Mountain River, Fayette County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Wildwater Expeditions, Fayette County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Arbuckle Creek, Fayette County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.7 miles long (Oak Hill to New)
 Ski Areas Near New River:
Winterplace, West Virginia , 29 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 83 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 90 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near New River:
Quality Inn New River Gorge, Fayetteville , 6 miles away
The Morris Harvey House, Fayetteville , 6 miles away
Comfort Inn New River, Oak Hill , 7 miles away
Holiday Lodge, Oak Hill , 8 miles away
Days Inn Mount Hope, Mount Hope , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near New River:
New River Campground, Gauley Bridge, 2 miles away
New River Campground, Gauley Bridge, 2 miles away
Drift-a-bit white water, Fayetteville, 5 miles away
 Trails Near New River:
Way Back Trail, Nicholas , 15 miles away
Carnifex Trail, Nicholas , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near New River:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 13 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 13 miles away
Hawks Nest State Park, West Virginia , 3 miles away
Babcock State Park, West Virginia , 15 miles away
Little Beaver State Park, West Virginia , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near New River:
Hawks Nest Golf Course, Gauley Bridge , 3 miles away
Bridge Haven Golf Club, Fayetteville , 6 miles away
Saddlebred Golf Club, Beckley , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near New River
Plum Orchard Lake, Fayette , 11 miles away
Summersville Lake, Nicholas , 19 miles away

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