Gauley River, West Virginia
The Gauley River is one of the most popular advanced whitewater runs in the Eastern United States. It merges with the New River to form the Kanawha River, a tributary of the Ohio River. The 105-mile river is a dam-controlled watershed and has over 100 rapids, dropping more than 650 feet in 24 miles. The river passes through scenic gorges and valleys containing a wide variety of natural and cultural features. The Gauley River contains several class V rapids, making it one of the most adventurous whitewater rivers in the east.