Gauley River National Recreation Area


Dropping more than 668 feet through 28 miles of rugged terrain, the Gauley River's complex stretch of whitewater features more than 100 rapids with a steep gradient, technical runs, an incredible volume of water and huge waves. Its vigorous rapids, scenic quality and inaccessibility combine to make Gauley River one of the premier whitewater runs in the world.




Located in southern West Virginia, the Gauley River National Recreation Area is between Summersville Dam and Swiss, WV. Access is via WV Route 129, off US Route 19. The closest airports are at Beckley and Charleston, WV.


The largest airport is at Charleston, about 65 miles from Summersville. There are also small airports at Summersville and Beckley.