Considered one of the Top 10 Whitewater Rivers in the World, the Gauley River is West Virginia’s legendary run. Nicknamed the “Beast of the East”, the Gauley River runs more than 80% of the year offering clean, clear mountain water and raging whitewater. Within a 25-mile stretch, the river is divided into two major sections: the Upper Gauley River and Lower Gauley River.
In the spring and summer, the Gauley River opens up a new level of adventure opportunities in addition to the Upper, Middle and Lower sections. The Upper Gauley has legendary runs, steep drops, massive holes and colossal waves. Roller coaster waves and challenging drops also characterize the Lower Gauley, though it’s not as steep as the Upper. Overall, the Gauley is technically demanding with more than 100 major rapids with over half of them rated Class III and above.