New, West Virginia, US
15. New River Dries: Hawks Nest Dam to Gauley Bridge
||III-IV(V) (for normal flows)
Drys put-in wave
Drys put-in wavePhoto by Brian Rahall taken 11.22.03 @ 17.4 feet - huge
The Dries is a surfers paradise although at high waterlevels you will have to catch some of the
waves on the fly. About 2/3 of the way down the river you will find a long class III+ rapid that
ends in a big pool. At the bottom of the pool are several huge boulders. This is Landslide rapid.
There are 5-6 slots between the boulders. The cleanest slots are the 2nd and 3rd from the right.
The leftmost slots have a potential for pinning and should be avoided.
Just above or below the Cotton Hill bridge on Rt. 16.
Along Rts. 16 & 60 above Gauley Bridge. Perhaps the best spot to take out is on
river right by the bigs rocks just below the railroad bridge. There is a short path from the top of
the rocks to the road with parking for a few cars. There is additional parking a bit upstream and
across the road by a nice waterfall.
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Last Updated: 2018-07-13 13:03:51