• Rafting
  • Gauley River Marathon Whitewater Rafting


The Ultimate Test of Endurance and Skill

  • Full Day Trip
  • Includes the Upper and Lower Gauley River
  • Available during September and October
  • Class III-V Rapids
  • For experienced rafters only
  • Prices start at $184

Why run a marathon when you can raft one? On a Gauley River Marathon, you can put almost 26 miles worth of whitewater under your belt on one of the most challenging single day rafting trips in the world. The Gauley River world famous for its fall releases, when the river is unleashed from behind Summersville Lake creating Gauley Season. While most choose to raft one section of the Gauley River, daring rafters choose to take on the Gauley Marathon and raft both iconic river sections simultaneously.  It’s a full day trip full of whitewater and excitement.

On the Gauley River Marathon, you’ll raft the Upper and Lower Gauley in a single run (with lunch part way through the day, of course). Marathon participants will raft the five class V rapids of the Upper Gauley, plus the three class V rapids on the Lower Gauley, PLUS dozens of class III-IV rapids in between. This is not a trip for beginners and is recommended for those who have some whitewater experience.

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About the River

The Gauley River is the cream of the whitewater crop. It’s characterized by heavy rapids that require tight, technical maneuvering. It’s 24 miles long, but it’s typically split into two sections: the Upper Gauley and the Lower Gauley. Gauley Season brings the year’s biggest whitewater and draws enthusiasts from across the globe each September and October. Over the course of six weeks, water is released from Summersville Lake on a set schedule, making for wild, powerful, BIG rapids that bring thrills you just can’t get anywhere else.

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What’s Included

Transportation is covered from the resort to the river and back again. We’ll also provide all your rafting equipment (helmet, personal flotation device or PFD, paddle, and boat) and a complimentary beverage. This is a full day trip, so you'll also enjoy a riverside lunch partway through the trip!

What to Bring

Bring any medication you need throughout the day, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a change of clothes to keep at the resort to change into after your trip. Guides carry small, waterproof bags to stow necessary medications. Depending on the time of year and the weather, you may also want a synthetic layer. If necessary, wetsuits and splash jackets are available for rent. Call us to book those, too.

Trip Time

This is a Full Day Trip.
Depending on the day’s water level, you’ll spend between 6-8 hours on the water, plus shuttle time to and from the river.

Your Boat & Guide

Our standard, 16-foot rafts comfortably seat eight rafters and one river guide. Upgrades to 14-foot and 12-foot rafts are available to reserve. Your river guide sits in the back of the raft, where they’ll give instructions for when and how to paddle through each rapid and share their expertise about our rivers and region. Learn more about our guides.

Requirements and Limits

The minimum age for this trip is 16 years old. Our PFDs have a maximum chest capacity of 56 inches. All adventurers on the trip should be able to swim.

Group Reservations

Custom quotes are available for groups of over 15. Call us to learn more!


Our trip leaders and river guides will talk through specific guidelines and requirements on site before you head for the water.

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