Photo: John Fralick squeezes between the rocks at KeyHole.
Map of Area
Put-in on river right downstream of Belington or in Belington on river left.
Alternate put-in 3.2 mi downstream at fish camp on river right.
Two take-outs available:
River right 1 mi downstream of confluence with Buckhannon River or
At the mouth of the Buchannon River, walk 3/4 mi up RR tracks to covered bridge over the Buckhannon.
Noteable rapids in first half of the run are Key Hole and Hartung Falls, about half way down you encounter the confluence with the Middle Fork River. Those that run the Middle Fork run the lower part of the Tygart Gorge which contain three major rapids. S-Turn, Shoulder Snapper and Hook(left hook).
An outfitter is now running shuttles on weekends. He will pick you up below Hook on the Tygart and bring your group back to Audra. He charges by the shuttle not by individual. Contact - Tygart River Outfitters
Keel Hauler Rating - 28
If the boulder splitting the current at Shoulder Snapper is well covered, go for the boof. It is one of the coolest launches you will find.
Hook Rapid is probably the most dangerous rapid--a 90-degree left turn. The end of the rapid has a ledge that is backed by a rock on the right, and people have swum underneath undercuts on the left. Stay about 1/4 over from the left side as you make the left turn. Maintain momentum.
There is a large log in the main entrance to Keyhole rapid. 11/5/05
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.
Bottom of S-Turn
Top of S-Turn
Hartung a.k.a. Hard Tongue
Keyhole, Tygart Gorge
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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.
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