Scenic USA - West Virginia
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|Photos by John Mueller
John Mueller Photography
Gauley Mountain, located in West Virginia's Pocahontas County, signals the beginning of three forks that make up the Gauley River. Peaceful looking enough in this river scene, the Gauley does have some relatively tame areas. But from spring through fall the Upper Gauley is one of the most popular sites for whitewater rafting in the entire eastern states. A U.S. Congressional Act, first of its kind, mandates controlled water releases for downriver recreation. Beginning in September, known as the Gauley Season, six successive weekends offer a raging whitewater. The most difficult, nearly 10 miles of the Upper Gauley, are rated from Class IV to +V rapids. In 2008, the National Park Service developed the Woods Ferry access point, now a convenient put-in and an excellent point to separate the upper and lower sections of the river. Downriver from Woods Ferry, the Lower Gauley is a wee bit tamer, with rapids ranging from IIIs to IVs.
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