Gauley Season & Rafting Trips

October 21 is Bridge Day, the world’s biggest BASE jumping festival and West Virginia’s largest single-day event.

For 22 (23 this year – bonus!) perfect days, WV’s Gauley River swells into one of the Top 10 whitewater rivers in the world. 

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Around here, fall doesn’t just mean superb leaf peeping and annual harvest festivals. To West Virginians, fall means unforgettable whitewater excursions on one of the world’s best whitewater rivers, the Gauley. During Gauley Season, scheduled water releases coordinated by the Army Corps of Engineers from the Summersville Dam flow directly into the Upper Gauley River, creating perfect water levels and some of the best runs of Class V+ rapids you’ll ever come by.

The best part about Gauley Season? If you stick around, the adventures don’t have to end on the river! Hikes along the popular Endless Wall or Long Point trails in the New River Gorge have plenty of tucked away overlooks, perfect for catching your breath and taking in jaw dropping views of the river below and surrounding mountain vistas. Or, if you’re craving another adrenaline rush, take a zipline canopy tour with one of several local outfitters.

Time spent outside in the mountains is going to call for some delicious meals. Locals rave about Secret Sandwich Society, The Station, and Pies and Pints, all of which are closeby in the town of Fayetteville. Tuck away for a few nights in a rustic cabin, or head into West Virginia’s capital city of Charleston for hotels within walking distance of several downtown attractions. Charleston’s got a bustling nightlife made up of live music, local arts events, and a tasty dining scene!

Time your visit right and you’ll catch some of these favorite fall events: Bridge Day, Taste of Our Towns, FestivALL Fall, Gauley Fest, WV Pumpkin Festival & more!

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