Whitewater Rafting

Gauley River Deluxe Overnight

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CHOOSE THE 9/29 OVERNIGHT TO ENJOY ON-SITE LIVE MUSIC BY LOCAL ROCK-AND-ROLL FAVORITE, GROUNDHOG GRAVY.

Twenty-six miles of pulse-pounding Gauley River whitewater, glamping overnight at our incomparable Canyon Doors camp with chef-prepared cuisine, beverages and a wood-fired, riverside hot tub included. Just check out the menu below.

Thousands of whitewater enthusiasts travel to this area to paddle what is considered one of the best whitewater runs in the world. The Gauley drops more than 668 feet through 26 miles of excitement, huge volume, technical, pulse-pounding whitewater from start to finish. Its vigorous rapids, scenic quality and rarity combined makes the Gauley River world class. The Gauley Overnight will cover more than 100 rapids including seven CLASS V rapids:

Insignificant, Pillow Rock, Lost Paddle, Iron Ring, Sweet’s Falls, Upper/Lower Mash and Pure Screaming Hell.

At camp after an exciting day on the Upper Gauley, our chefs put this trip over the top—and they do it without running water or electricity. Chef MB was featured on the popular Food Network TV show, Chopped, and was once actually in the running to be the Marlboro Man. Seriously.

Check out our Gauley River Overnight Checklist for our recommended packing list for this trip.


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Here are the scheduled release dates for 2018 Gauley River Overnights. If you want a date in September, book early. They fill up quickly!

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Is it the unforgettable world-class rapids and adventure that keep people coming back? Maybe it's 5-star cuisine cooked with no electricity and no running water.

GAULEY 2018 MENU (Subject to change based in ingredient availability)

APPETIZERS
Homemade pepperoni rolls
Elk stuffed caps with blueberry balsamic reduction
Maple candied pecan Brie dip with crackers and pears
Coriander shrimp inari pockets with rosemary rice
Home cured lamb bacon and local peach quesadilla with Asiago
Seared ahi apple ‘pincho’ with pickled watermelon chutney and warm feta drizzle

DINNER
Herb d’provence crusted coulée steaks crusted on an open flame and lightly infused with essence of vanilla
Seared catfish bites atop a warm radicchio, ripe green olive and orange supreme slaw finished with a fennel aioli
Sweet potato bleu cheese au gratin
Roasted corn orzo tossed with shaved peppers, feta and pomegranate arils in coconut oil and sea salt
Fresh strawberry and cucumber salad tossed In a warm goat cheese honey

DESSERT
Dark chocolate mock turtles dusted with sesame and sunflower seeds (gluten free)
Lemon ‘meringue’ tartlets
Chai cheese cake with ginger snaps

BREAKFAST
Truffle fried egg duck confit burrito with shaved apples, bacon and mixed greens with an orange balsamic dip
Rosemary andouille links with roasted grapes and garlic
Smashed black bean potato cakes with pineapple heirloom salsa, scallions and crema
Peanut butter grits
Spiced peach and white chocolate French toast

DRINK MENU
Blackberry rose sangria infused with fresh rosemary
Fresh raspberry and orange lemonade spritzer
Apple Jacks (Chef MB's spin-off of hot toddies, but made with spiced cider)

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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 Lower Gauley River

The Lower Gauley is a long run—17 miles—and though there are a few pools for relaxing and swimming, most of that length is spent in whitewater, with much of it class III-V. Though it doesn't pack quite the punch as the Upper Gauley in terms of technique and steely nerves needed, this river section should not be underestimated. It is the most advanced river section that we feel is appropriate for first-time rafters.

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.

Lower Gauley River Rapids Classification

Class III through V

Upper Gauley River Rapids Classification

Class IV through V

Guide Information

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.

Boat Size

Our standard rafts are 16 feet long, comfortably seating 8-9 guests and a guide.

Time on Water

You will spend between 4-5 hours on the river the first day and 4-6 hours on the second with riverside overnight camping in between.

Group Reservations

Are you bringing a large crew (15+) from your youth group, business or similar organization? Request for a customized quotation.

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 recommend the ability to swim and previous rafting experience for this trip.

Trip Safety

Your guides and leaders will discuss specific safety requirements on site.

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Gauley River Deluxe Overnight

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  • Minimum Age

    Participants must be at least 15 years old.

  • Size Restrictions

    Our PFDs (personal floatation devices) have a maximum chest capacity of 58 inches. Participants must be able to fit in our PFD.

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