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Difficulty I-II(III)
Length 11.1 Miles
Gauge GREENBRIER RIVER AT HILLDALE, WV
Flow Range 1.50 - 11.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 42 minutes ago 11.03 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 12/23/2018 2:35 pm

River Description


From a comment, 2009:
There are two decent rapids on the upper stretch of the river. One is a class III (maybe) called Bacon Falls, which I have found to be best when the river is around 4 1/2. The other is a slide with a pretty decent hole at the bottom.
You can also shorten the trip by using the public access at Barger Springs but keep in mind the rapids worth running are on the upper half so if I was going to shorten I would run from Talcott to Barger Springs because there really isn't much after that.

Rapid Descriptions

Bacon Falls

Class - III Mile - 2

Bacon Falls is the first rapid below Talcott, where the flow channels on the right against a cliff face.  At higher flows it can be skirted on the left.

Lindsey Slide

Class - II Mile - 3

Lindsey Slide is a riverwide slanted ledge that can have strong holes in places.  Shallower on river left.

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Perfecto Dacal
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7 years ago

I went to a spot in this section yesterday. It was a slide into a hole pretty much all the across the river. I was told its called linsey falls. It was a pretty cool, chill, park and play spot had easy surfs to catch. To the river left the wave can get low so watch your head if you roll. But river right wave is real fun. I ran it at 3.8.

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Barry Rich
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6 years ago

Tig, I went to Lindsey Falls yesterday. 9.4 on the Alderson gauge. Fun surfing on a really nice green wave and a nice foamie just below it...all with eddy service :)

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Corey Lilly
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7 years ago

A good beginner surf 4ft to 8ft+. have not seen the falls over 8ft. seems to get better with bigger flows. around 6-7 ft no longer eddy service. YTC

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GREENBRIER RIVER AT HILLDALE, WV
AW Gauge Info
11.03 ft 00h42m n/a
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Gauley Fest - September 13-16, 2018 - Summersville, WV

2018-09-04 07:58:00-04
Mark Singleton

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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2018 Letter To Gauley Boaters From The NPS (WV)

2018-08-21 10:07:00-04
Mark Singleton

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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