Epic Whitewater & Fall Hues: Gauley Season is Upon Us
Each fall, dare-devil rafters run to Almost Heaven to take on the wild whitewater of Gauley Season for themselves. Beginning the weekend after Labor Day, Summersville Lake is partially drained into the Gauley River, creating world-class rapids that attract the most experienced rafters from all around the world.
This annual occurrence is one of the most sought-after events on the East Coast and lasting until late October, makes for an epic fall adventure where rafters can witness the jaw-dropping autumn hues lining the riverbanks.
Plan Your Trip
From exhilarating rapids on the Upper Gauley to family-friendly waves on the Lower section, the outfitters in the area offer a wide variety of guided trips and tours, perfect for rafters of all kinds.
Bringing along the entire family and all your first-time rafter friends for a half-day trip on the lower Gauley with ACE Adventure Resort. Requiring a minimum age of 12, this tour is ideal for those looking to try out West Virginia’s whitewater for the first time. For those more comfortable with the daunting waters, the full day trip on the upper portion passes through Class V rapids and includes a riverside lunch. Extend your stay in one of the cozy cabins on-site and take part in ACE’s additional fall activities such as ziplining, rock climbing, mountain biking and more.
Nearby Adventures on the Gorge Resort also hosts exceptional gauley excursions during the fall. Along with half and full-day trips, this outfitter offers overnight and multiday trips. Sign up for the Gauley River Throwback Overnight to take the two-day journey through over 120 rapids, stopping at gorgeous vantage points rustic campsites along the way. For those less risky, enjoy a leisurely family trip and relax in an on-site vacation home afterward.
Another outfitter that would love to be your guide this Gauley Season is River Expeditions. Equipped with both thrilling expeditions and scenic family floats, this spot makes another trusted local outfitter to book with. Lodging options range from safari tents and RV sites to premium, 5-bedroom log cabins. Looking for even more autumn fun? Check out the property with a game of paintball, a horseback ride or a ‘catch and release’ fishing trip.
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This post was last updated on September 22, 2023