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THESE TRIPS ARE AVAILABLE DURING FALL GAULEY SEASON ONLY, ON SPECIFIED DAM RELEASE DATES.

Upper/Double Upper Throwback

If you want the immersion experience of an overnight rafting trip combined with the thrill of back-to-back trips on the Upper Gauley, this is the trip for you.  You will begin your trip with the Upper Gauley as a warm up for day 2.  After a well-deserved rest with dinner, campfire stories, and camping on the banks of the Gauley, you will head back to the Upper Gauley for rounds two and three down the legendary stretch of whitewater.  

This trip is for those who want the most action we have to offer and is not recommended for first-time rafters.  Not only will you take on the legendary “Big Five” Class V rapids of the Upper Gauley three times in a row, but the wild nature of the river means you are guaranteed to have a different experience each time down.

Hailed as one of the best whitewater runs in the world, the Gauley drops more than 668 feet through 26 miles of high volume, technical whitewater from start to finish. The Gauley Overnight covers more than 100 rapids including the seven Class V rapids such as the “Pillow Rock”, “Lost Paddle”,  and “Sweet’s Falls”.

This trip includes:

  • The Upper Gauley with riverside lunch
  • Riverside camping at Mason’s Branch
  • Hike up to Sweet’s Falls
  • BBQ dinner including pulled pork, chicken, pot roast, picnic sides, and dessert
  • Day two breakfast with eggs, bacon, home fries, and more
  • The Upper Gauley with riverside lunch, followed by the Upper Gauley again
Minimum Age: 16
 

Check out our Gauley River Overnight Checklist for our recommended packing list for this trip.

Gauley Season, taking place in September and October, draws whitewater enthusiasts from across the globe.  Over the course of six weeks, water levels ideal for rafting are released from Summersville Lake to provide thrilling whitewater opportunities on a set release schedule.

The Gauley is characterized by multiple heavy rapids, requiring tight, technical maneuvering. It is 24 miles long, but is often split into two main sections—the Upper and Lower Gauley.

The Upper Gauley is the cream of the whitewater crop. It is intimidating, and for good reason. This section of the river packs quite a punch, and may be the most high-adventure trip that most rafters will ever attempt. You can expect an adventure you will never forget with one of our experienced guides.

On Class III – IV and harder trips, a guide sits in every raft and provides instruction at each major rapid and throughout the trip. 

Our standard rafts are 16 feet long, comfortably seating 8 guests and a guide. 

This is two full days in the river. Depending on the water level, you’ll spend between 5-7 hours on the water plus shuttle time to and from the river.

We provide transportation from our resort to the river and back again, all rafting equipment (helmet, life jacket, paddle and boat) and a hot riverside lunch. Be assured you will not go hungry!

Bring any medication you need throughout the day, plus sunscreen, sunglasses and a change of clothes to keep at the resort upon your return. Guides carry small waterproof bags to stow necessary medications. The average water temperature on the Gauley River in the fall is 50 degrees. You may want to bring a synthetic layer. Wetsuits and splash jackets are available for rent.

Check out our Gauley River Overnight Checklist for our recommended packing list for this trip.

The minimum age for this trip is 16 years old. Our PFDs (personal flotation devices) have a maximum chest capacity of 58 inches. We recommend that participants have experience with rafting before trying this trip. Participants should be able to swim.

Your guides and leaders will discuss specific safety requirements on site.6