Take it easy, you'll get to the monster waves on this trip. But first, enjoy the more relaxed Lower Gauley and ride the waves to a frenzied climax on the Upper.
It's the whole Gauley river in two days, the more sane way.
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 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
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 15 feet long, comfortably seating 8-9 guests and a professional guide. Upgrades to high-adventure smaller rafts are available for experienced rafters for an additional fee. Six-person raft upgrades for 2-Day trips are $200/boat. Four-person rafts for 2-Day trips are $300/boat. Call us if you'd like book either of those!
Time on Water
This is two full days on the water. Depending on the water level, you'll spend between 5-7 hours on the river the first day and 3-5 hours on the second (plus shuttle time to and from the river.)
We provide transportation from our resort to the river and back again, all rafting equipment (helmet, life jacket, paddle and boat) and the best hot grilled riverside lunch each day. 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.
Are you bringing a large crew (15+) from your youth group, business or similar organization? Request customized information here.
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.