This is a nice class II-III+ run with a fairly constant gradient. The bigger rapids are all scoutable from the road on your drive up to the putin. While scouting look for strainers. Also watch out for logs broached on large rocks.
Putin: The bridge about 1/2 mile above Beech Lick Run - or further upstream if you so desire.
Takeout: The bridge in front of the Richwood School (behind the plaza in town).
The Craigsville gauge is an approximation. The paddler's gauge on the Cherry at Fenwick is a better approximation and it should be above 2 feet.
The Craigsville gauge conversion table for feet-to-cfs is approximately:
11 feet = 510 cfs
12 feet = 1460 cfs
13 feet = 3200 cfs
14 feet = 5550 cfs
15 feet = 8500 cfs
Permits are not required for this reach.
We have no additional detail on this route.
Use the map below to calculate how
to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.
South Fork of the Cherry
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Get your groove on baby! This year Gauley Fest is a 60’s themed event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. To memorialize that historic event we are flashing back to another era for a 60’s throwdown. Started in 1983 to celebrate the derailment of a hydro-electric project that would have disrupted the flows on the Gauley River, Gauley Fest has grown to become the largest paddling festival in the world.
American Whitewater received the following open letter to boaters from the rangers and staff of the Gauley River National Recreation Area. This letter will keep you up to date on important management actions of the National Park Service on the Gauley River. Enjoy your paddling season on this classic whitewater river. As in past years, American Whitewater has leased the field above Masons Branch, also known as the Legg field, for overflow parking.
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