The Upper Gauley is a shot of high-adventure and straight adrenaline. Why not make it a double?
Spend two days on the revered Class V Upper Gauley choosing the full-day Upper trip each time or opting for the Upper Express on day 2.
You'll raft the cream of the whitewater crop each day, stopping for a hot lunch at our Mason's Branch base with a beautiful view of the river.
It's double the trouble, double the fun.
Note: This trip does not include lodging and meals (except for lunches on the river). You will return to the resort each day. This trip can be upgraded to include lodging and meals as well.
About the Gauley River
The Gauley is characterized by multiple heavy rapids, requiring tight, technical maneuvering. In total, it is 24-26 miles long, but is often split into two main sections—the Upper and Lower Gauley.
About the Upper Gauley River
The Upper Gauley is the cream of the whitewater crop. It is intimidating, and for good reason. This section of the river packs quite a punch, and may be the most high-adventure trip that most rafters will ever attempt. You can expect a world-class guide and an adventure you will never forget.
Gauley River Rapids Classification
Class III-V whitewater (on a scale of I to VI), with a few pools for relaxing and swimming.
Upper Gauley River Rapids Classification
Class IV through V
On class III-IV and harder trips, a guide sits in every raft and provides instruction at each major rapid and throughout the trip. On some trips like the Upper New and Summer Gauley, guests may be in their own inflatable kayaks (duckies). If that is the case, guides will be present to instruct, advise and assist.
Our standard rafts are 16 feet long, comfortably seating 8-9 guests and a guide.
Time on Water
This trip is two full days on the water. Depending on the water level, you'll spend between 4-6 hours on the water plus shuttle time to and from the river on the first day. For the second day, you can choose to repeat the Upper Gauley or run the Upper Express and spend a little less time on the water.
We provide transportation from our resort to the river and back again each day, all rafting equipment (helmet, life jacket, paddle and boat) and the best hot grilled riverside lunch in the world of rafting. Be assured you will not go hungry!
What to Bring
Bring any medication you need throughout the day, plus sunscreen, sunglasses and a change of clothes to keep at the resort upon your return. Guides carry small waterproof bags to stow necessary medications. The average water temperature on the Gauley River in the fall is 50 degrees. You may want to bring a synthetic layer. Wetsuits and splash jackets are available for rent.
Requirements & Restrictions
The minimum age for this trip is 15 years old. Our PFDs (personal floatation devices) have a maximum chest capacity of 58 inches. We strongly recommend that all participants have had prior rafting experience. Participants should also be able to swim.
Your guides and leaders will discuss specific safety requirements on site.