American Whitewater’s Biggest Public Outreach Event! All proceeds from the festival support American Whitewater’s river conservation and access works throughout the nation. 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.
Smokey’s will be serving up some of our signature items. Menu coming soon.