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Gauley River National Recreation Area

Gauley River National Recreation Area
National Recreation Area
Country United States
State West Virginia
Counties Nicholas, Fayette
Location Summersville Dam outlet
 - elevation 1,375 ft (419.1 m) [1]
 - coordinates
Lowest point Gauley River
Area 11,507 acres (4,657 ha)
Established 1988-10-26
Management New River Gorge National River
Owner National Park Service
Visitation 128,796
Nearest city Summersville, West Virginia
Location of Gauley River National Recreation Area in West Virginia
Website: Gauley River NRA

The Gauley River National Recreation Area, located near Summersville, West Virginia, protects a 25-mile (40 km) portion of the Gauley River and a 5.5-mile (8.9 km) segment of the Meadow River in southern West Virginia. Little of the park is accessible via roads; one must travel via the river. At the upstream end of the park is the Summersville Dam, the only area of the park accessible by vehicle.


Within the park are a number of Class V rapids. They have been given names such as:

  • Insignificant
  • Pillow Rock
  • Lost Paddle
  • Iron Ring
  • Sweet's Falls


  1. ^ "Summersville Dam outlet". Elevation Query.  

External links

  • Official NPS Site
  • Summersville Lake water levels and outflow

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