Gauley River National Recreation Area

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Gauley River National Recreation Area
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)[1]
SummersvilleDam.jpg
Map showing the location of Gauley River National Recreation Area
Map showing the location of Gauley River National Recreation Area
Location of Gauley River National Recreation Area in West Virginia
LocationWest Virginia, United States
Coordinates38°13′12″N 80°53′24″W / 38.22000°N 80.89000°W / 38.22000; -80.89000Coordinates: 38°13′12″N 80°53′24″W / 38.22000°N 80.89000°W / 38.22000; -80.89000
Area11,507 acres (46.57 km2)
Elevation1,375 ft (419 m)[2]
Established1988-10-26
Visitors128796
OperatorNew River Gorge National River
WebsiteGauley River NRA

The Gauley River National Recreation Area, located near Summersville, West Virginia, protects a 25-mile (40 km) portion of the Gauley River and a 5.5-mile (8.9 km) segment of the Meadow River in southern West Virginia. Little of the park is accessible via roads; one must travel via the river. At the upstream end of the park is the Summersville Dam, the only area of the park accessible by vehicle.

Rapids[edit]

Within the park are a number of Class V rapids. They have been given names such as:

  • Insignificant
  • Pillow Rock
  • Lost Paddle
  • Iron Ring
  • Sweet's Falls

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gauley River National Recreation Area". Protected Planet. IUCN. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Summersville Dam outlet". Elevation Query. U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-01-31.

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