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Gauley River Rafting 

The Gauley River is world renowned for being one of the world's top ten whitewater rafting destinations. West Virginia white water rafting is best experienced with the combined experience of the guides at Adventures on the Gorge (an amalgamation of the top outfitters in West Virginia: Class VI, Rivermen, Songer and Mountain River Tours). The combined experience of these expert white water guides is welcome when it comes to navigating the Class IV and V rapids of the Upper and Lower Gauley River.

The annual fall water release of the Summersville Dam creates high flows up to 2800 cubic feet per second with the Gauley River dropping 650 feet over 26 miles and featuring steep drops, massive holes and big waves. Technically demanding, the Lower Gauley River section combines big waves and drops and is the next logical choice after rafting the Lower New. The Upper Gauley is big and technical. West Virginia white water rafting is truly awesome with rapids like Insignificant, Pillow, Lost Paddle, Iron Ring and Sweet’s Falls drop 15 to 35 feet in less than a ¼ mile and are rated class V+.

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Upper Gauley River

The Upper G earns its rep as one of the premier 1-day raft runs in the world. It drops 335 feet in 10 miles and includes 5 of the most classic rapids on Earth, including Pillow Rock, which many call the best 10 seconds in whitewater. We’ll take physically-fit first-time rafters, but for most people, we recommend you try something else out first, like the Lower Gauley.

Trip Length: 1 day    Minimum Age: 15
Season: Fall    Intensity Level: V

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Lower Gauley River

The Lower Gauley is 17 miles long and is the epitome of scenic gorges. Though the fall UPPER Gauley is often called the premier whitewater run in the region, the Lower has 2 of the 3 biggest Gauley hits. Who likes it? First-time rafters with a sense of adventure and experienced boaters, too, for all the big waves!

Trip Length: 1 day    Minimum Age: 15
Season: Fall    Intensity Level: III-V

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Gauley River Overnight

If you love whitewater rafting, there's no better two-day whitewater rafting trip anywhere than at Adventures On the Gorge, on the Gauley River. We've gone the extra mile for our guests on this overnight, combining the adventure and excitement of the Gauley with a facility and campsite that this spectacular trip deserves: the Canyon Doors Camp. And the gourmet riverside dining? You won't believe your taste buds.

Trip Length: 2 days    Minimum Age: 15
Season: Fall    Intensity Level: V