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Paddling the Gauley River

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West Virginia has been a world-renown rafting destination for years. With beautiful East Coast green landscapes and mountains, the Gauley River and New River give you great whitewater rafting in the hills of West Virginia. Known as the thrilling “Gauley Season” to rafters, the Gauley River is only run during certain times of the year, but provides some of the best whitewater rapids in the nation. The New River gives you a perfect mix of great scenery and moderate whitewater. The Gauley River only runs during the fall months, September-October. Whitewater on the Gauley is more intense than the New River. The New River runs the normal rafting season during the summer months.

Written by  Ryan Hutchings.

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“Crazy, non-stop action”

The Gauley River is known around the country as one of the best whitewater rafting destinations. The "Gauley Season" actually only run during fall months and through October, because the river's water is dam released only during that time. … Read more...

Written by  Ryan Hutchings.

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I just went rafting on the New River and the Upper Gauley this past weekend (6/4/11 - 6/5/11) and we got extremely lucky to do it. We had scheduled a Lower Gauley run in "duckies" but the night before we went out it rained pretty heavy and they had to release water from the dam.

So instead of duckies in the Lower Gauley we got to run the Upper Gauley in "R4" rafts...I've only been rafting a couple of times but this was a truly amazing experience.

I can't wait to go back during the "Gauley Season" this fall!

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Is the Upper more exciting? Sounds it

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