Gauley River In West Virginia

Written by Amy Hall
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The Gauley River in West Virginia is divided between the Upper Gauley and the Lower Gauley. The Upper Gauley provides some of the most intense whitewater rafting in North America. When you travel the Upper Gauley, be prepared to face some powerful currents and extremely large waves that will surely get your adrenaline pumping.

If you want to throw yourself into the action, and ride some wild whitewater waves, the Upper Gauley is definitely the way to go for you. There is literally 12 miles of continuous action with rapids that will make your heart beat a mile a minute. If it's crazy river rafting you are looking for, the Upper Gauley is your ticket to fun.

The Lower Gauley River in West Virginia

If you are still looking for some fun in the water, but don't want to take on the challenge of the wild Upper Gauley, than you must consider taking a ride down the lower Gauley River in West Virginia. It is two miles longer than the trip down the Upper Gauley, and it has some fantastic rapids to ride, whether you are a first time rafter or an experienced rafter. The lower Gauley also has some of the biggest waves, highest jump rocks and biggest holes on the entire river, which make for some fun and excitement.

The lower Gauley River in West Virginia is known for such rapids as Koontz Flume, Canyon Doors, Heaven Help You, and Pure Screaming Hell. So while it has been recommended for beginners, don't think for one second that it is a sissy river ride. It is 14 miles of action that will seriously stimulate all of your senses to their highest limits, and leave your heart pounding and your adrenaline rushing. The Gauley River is one of North America's finest whitewater rafting expeditions.


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