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National Recreation Area
In southern West Virginia, near Summersville
Twenty-five miles of free-flowing Gauley River and 6 mi of the Meadow River have Class V+ rapids and are some of the most challenging white-water boating sites in the East. The area was authorized on October 26, 1988.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Fishing, hunting, kayaking, trapping, white-water rafting. Facilities: Visitor information available at Canyon Rim Visitor Center; see New River Gorge National River. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers visitor center at Summerville Dam. Programs & Events: Ranger-led hikes (Sept. and Oct.). Civil War battle reenactments (Sept., at Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park). Tips & Hints: Most land along the Gauley River is privately owned. Go to Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park for scenic overlook and to access hiking trails. Go weekends mid-Sept.-mid-Oct. for rafting season, which depends on releases from Summerville Dam. Only those skilled enough to handle Class V+ rapids should raft. Busiest Sept. and Oct., least crowded Dec. and Jan.
FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES
Camping: In the park: Gauley Tailwaters (18 sites; free; vault toilets, no water). In Clifftop: Babcock State Park (Rte. 41, tel. 304/438-3004; 52 sites; $15-$19; flush toilets, showers, hook-ups). In Mount Nebo: Battle Run Campground (Rte. 129 off U.S. 19, tel. 304/872-3459; 117 sites; $14-$ 18; flush toilets, showers, hook-ups; closed mid-Oct.-Apr.). Hotels: None in park. In Clifftop: Babcock State Park (Rte. 41, tel. 304/438-3004; 25 cabins; $52-$130). In Ansted: Hawks Nest (U.S. 60, tel. 304/658-5212; 31 rooms; $75-$80). Restaurants: None in park. In Ansted: Hawks Nest (U.S. 60, tel. 304/658-5212; $5-$15). In Canvas: Feed Box Saloon (Groves Rd./Rte. 30, tel. 304/872-1603; $14-$23). Groceries & Gear: None in park. In Oak Hill: Krogers (Fayette Sq., tel. 304/469-2921).
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Free. West Virginia state permit required for fishing and hunting. Open 24 hrs.
HOW TO GET THERE
The recreation area is between Summersville Dam and the town of Swiss. Access is via Rte. 129 at the Summersville Dam, off U.S. 19. Other access points include Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park, off Rte. 129, and Swiss Rd., off Rte. 39. Closest airport: Charleston (75 mi).
Gauley River National Recreation Area (Box 246, Glen Jean, WV 25846, tel. 304/465-0508). West Virginia State Chamber of Commerce (90 McCorkle Ave. SW, South Charleston, WV 25303, tel. 800/225-5982).
Gauley River National Recreation Area. Detailed information for visitors about the Gauley River National Recreation Area In southern West Virginia, near Summersville