West Virginia is home to two of the most beloved rivers in the country - the Gauley and the New Rivers. The Gauley has two sections, the Upper and Lower, which both provide incredible scenery and epic whitewater. The Upper Gauley is definitely a Class V Classic. The New River is a perfect run for families and beginner boaters with fun rapids.
Each year Gauley Fest is held on the Gauley and is the largest paddling festival in the world. It is a fantastically fun time and all the proceeds go to American Whitewater, the country's premier river conservation organization.