One the Best 2-Day River Trips in the World—the Gauley Overnight—and Nobody Does It Better
The greatest journey we can give you.
The complete Gauley River is 26 miles and 100 rapids of intense whitewater rafting excitement. 53 of them are rated class III or above! If you’re up for the ultimate challenge—but also want the ultimate in pampered relaxation—you can experience the thrill of the entire river, Upper and Lower Gauley over the course of two days.
An overnight on the Gauley River is an experience that you will never forget. Enjoy a hot shower, cedar-plank hot tubs, a gourmet dinner and a hearty breakfast at our private campsite at the most scenic spot on the Gauley River, Canyon Doors rapid. Crank through the intense Upper G and then kick back with a beverage while you our staff makes you the meal of a lifetime—made evn better, because you'll eat it at the one of the most beautiful and dramatic locations on Earth, Canyon Doors!
Prices are per person and do not include tax and fees. Prices vary by day of the week.
TRIP LENGTH2 Days
It's difficult to describe the love that our Gauley overnight regulars have for this trip. Once they do it, many decide there's simply no better way to run the Gauley. This trip has all the excitement of the entire Gauley River and all the unwinding relaxation in a setting that only we can provide.
What type of river is the Gauley?
The Upper Gauley is the cream of the whitewater crop and rafting aficionados travel from all over this time of year to enjoy her. The Upper G packs quite a punch in terms of technique and steely nerves needed, and this river section must not be underestimated. The Fall Upper Gauley is the most high-adventure trip that most rafters will ever see. You can expect a world-class guide and and adventure you will never forget. Then the Lower Gauley is a looonnng—17 miles—and though there are a few pools for resting, most of that length is also spent in whitewater, with much of it class III-V.
What does Class VI provide?
We provide transportation to and from the river, all rafting equipment (helmet, life jacket, paddle & boat), professional guides in each raft, the best food you've ever eaten outdoors and eating utensils.
How much time do we spend on the water?
The total trip is 2 days from the time you leave base camp until you return. We spend most of both of them on the water.
How big are the boats?
Our standard rafts are 15 feet long and can comfortably seat 8-9 guests and a guide. Upgrades to high-adventure, team-extreme rafts are available for an additional fee.
What else might we need?
You'll want to pack your own tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag and dry clothes so we can transport them to the river. You should bring any medication you need throughout the day, plus sunscreen, sun glasses and if the weather is a little nippy, a dry layer to put on after the trip. (Your guide will be able to put it into a dry bag.) If necessary, we also rent wetsuits and paddle jackets. Via our partnership with Whitewater Photography, we also sell photos of you in the rapids. Our video boaters also accompany most trips and we offer DVDs of your experience for an extra charge. To ensure you get a video, you can pre-order one with your reservation.
Check out our Gauley River Overnight Checklist (PDF).