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Gauley River National Recreation Area

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The 25 miles of free-flowing Gauley River and the six miles of the Meadow River pass through scenic gorges and valleys containing a wide variety of natural and cultural features. The Gauley River contains several class V+ rapids, making it one of the most adventurous white water boating rivers in the east.



Email - NERI_Interpretation@nps.gov

Fax- 304-465-0591

Write to
P. O. Box 246
Glen Jean, WV 25846-0246

Headquarters - 304-465-0508
Visitor Information - 304-574-2115
Visitor Information(TDD) - 304-465-0508


Operating Hours, Seasons
The area is open year round. The official Gauley boating season is from early September through mid October. Boating is occasionally possible at other times, depending on water releases from Summersville Dam.

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

CAR - From Route 19 take Route 129 West at Mount Nebo. The river access area is reached by taking the second left after you cross over the dam on Route 129.

Getting Around
At the present time, the only public access to the Gauley River National Recreation Area is just downstream of Summersville Dam.


Gauley Tailwaters
Open All Year
This primitive camping area at the downstream end of the Summersville Dam tailwaters parking lot has about 18 sites with fire rings. They are suitable for RV's as well as tents. There are no hookups and no water. A vault toilet is located nearby.

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Campgrounds Nearby
List of Nearby Campgrounds

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These outdoors activities are available near Gauley River National Recreation Area.
 Campgrounds Near Gauley River National Recreation Area:
Alpine Adventures, Bradley, 3 miles away
Plum Orchard Lake, Scarbro, 4 miles away
New River Gorge National River- Army Camp, Terry, 5 miles away
ACE Adventure Center, Minden, 5 miles away
Plum Orchard Lake Wildlife Management Area - Dam Site, Dothan, 6 miles away
Appalachian Wildwaters Campground, Oak Hill, 6 miles away
Mountain State Travel and Trl Pr, Glen Morgan, 7 miles away
 Hotels Near Gauley River National Recreation Area:
Days Inn Mount Hope, Mount Hope , 4 miles away
Holiday Lodge, Oak Hill , 5 miles away
Comfort Inn New River, Oak Hill , 7 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Beckley, Beckley , 7 miles away
Howard Johnson Express Inn - Beckley, Beckley , 7 miles away
Courtyard Beckley, Beckley , 7 miles away
Econo Lodge Beckley, Beckley , 7 miles away
 Ski Areas Near Gauley River National Recreation Area:
Winterplace, West Virginia , 17 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 86 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 89 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Whitewater Near Gauley River National Recreation Area:
Dunloup Creek, Fayette County , 2 miles away, Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Harvey to New River at Thurmond)
Arbuckle Creek, Fayette County , 5 miles away, Class III-IV - 3.7 miles long (Oak Hill to New)
New River, Fayette Raleigh County , 5 miles away, Class II-III - 15 miles long (McCreery to Thurmond)
New River, -blank- County , 6 miles away, Class I-III - 7 miles long (Thurmond to Cunard)
Paint Creek, Fayette County , 7 miles away, Class II-IV - 4.6 miles long (Laurel Grove Church to Mossy)
 Public Lands Near Gauley River National Recreation Area:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 0 miles away
New River Gorge National River, Glen Jean - WV , 0 miles away
Little Beaver State Park, West Virginia , 10 miles away
Hawks Nest State Park, West Virginia , 12 miles away
Babcock State Park, West Virginia , 14 miles away
Camp Creek State Park, West Virginia , 20 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Gauley River National Recreation Area:
Saddlebred Golf Club, Beckley , 8 miles away
Grandview Country Club, Beaver , 9 miles away
Bridge Haven Golf Club, Fayetteville , 9 miles away
Beaver Creek Golf Club, Beaver , 10 miles away
Glade Springs Hotel & Conference Resort, Daniels , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Gauley River National Recreation Area
Plum Orchard Lake, Fayette County , 6 miles away
Little Beaver Lake, Raleigh County , 10 miles away
Stephens Lake, Raleigh County , 12 miles away

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