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Difficulty I-II
Length 6.1 Miles
Flow Range 2.80 - 8.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 29 minutes ago 3.28 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 12/23/2018 2:34 pm

River Description

Rapid Descriptions


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Sheldon Sanders
9 months ago

We just ran it down to Stuart's at 7 feet. It only took about 35 minutes! Great ride, rapids are pretty big at this stage, but still manageable with sit on tops. Big fun!

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mike Beswick
5 years ago

This section of the Greenbrier is very popular with all manner of river patrons, including tubers, float fishermen, whitewater boaters and anything else that will float. There are a number of class 2 rapids to spice things up. Towards the end of the trip be on the lookout for Anvil rock, a great spot for showing off your diving skills ( close to 20 feet high ). On summer days, you'll probably be sharing this jump rock with a number of inebriated leapers, each intent on proving the validity of natural selection. Just a little further downstream is Stuart's, a river side restaurant, famed for it's hot dogs. They will invite you in, soggy or not, and you can have a few libations while watching the parade of tubes, rafts etc. float by. Great section to cool off in the heat of summer

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9 years ago

This is a great section to train Novice paddlers. Need about 4 feet on the gauge. Shuttle is a breeze for multiple runs. Put-in at pull over near intersection of SR63 and CR43, Take out at the river side park at Alterson upstream of the Bridge. A truely fast run at High water levels. History buffs can enjoy the Museum at Talcott - The John Henry legend and Tunnel where it all happened. Great way to have Lunch and get some Pics.

Gage Descriptions

The NWS sets flood stage at 14'. Above 6.0' class III size waves develop in a few spots.

Directions Description

This is a quick easy shuttle along Hwy. 63.  There is a large gravel parking area at the putin at the intersection of 63 and Fort Spring Rd. where the river makes a 90 degree turn to the left.  From here take 63 west to Alderson.  The action ends before Alderson so you may want to use one of the informal pull-offs where the highway is close to the river.

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Gauley Fest - September 13-16, 2018 - Summersville, WV

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)

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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Cheat Canyon Settlement Reached; Land Set Aside for Endangered Species

Charles Walbridge

After two years of intense negotiations an agreement reached to protect endangered species in the Cheat River Canyon. Allegheny Wood Products acquired roughly 5,000 acres in the Cheat Canyon below Albright, WV in 2003 for $9.75 million. When they began building roads and cutting trees the following year the government took no steps to enforce the Endangered Species Act. A lawsuit was filed in 2005 by Friends of Blackwater Canyon, the WV Chapter of the Sierra Club, and the Cheat Lake Environmental and Recreational Association. Although American Whitewater was not a party to the litigation we are gratified that an agreement was reached and commend both parties for their efforts.

Philip Young


Matt Muir


Tony Allred Jr


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1203255 04/11/14 Philip Young updated shuttle
1193991 06/09/04 n/a n/a
1198600 11/07/10 Matt Muir Added coords.
1210757 12/23/18 Tony Allred Jr 12-15-2018 - cleanup
1203253 04/11/14 Philip Young updated flow comment
1203254 04/11/14 Philip Young updated putin/takeout coordinates