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New River Gorge Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the New River

New River Gorge Info
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Put In:  Cunard
Take Out:  Fayette Station
Difficulty:  Class III , Class IV
Gradient:  20 ft/mi
Run Length:  6.5 miles
Current Streamflow:  5970 cfs @ 12/14/2016 01:45 PM - NEW RIVER AT THURMOND, WV, reading taken from USGS
Flow Information (phone):  304-529-5127 for flow at Thurmond which is six mil
Good Level:  2100-6000 cfs. People run it much higher than thi
Season Comments:  March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Primary Season:  Although the New has a long seasond the water may
Permit:  No permits required at this time.
Character/Similar To:  Lower Gauley.
Hazards:  Undercut rocks. Very powerful hydraulics at levels above 4000 cfs.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Land along the river banks is considered public
Wilderness:  Yes
Camping on River:  Yes
Location:  In the Mid-Atlantic (WV), 60 miles southeast of Charleston, WV
Shuttle Logistics:  Put-in: Turn off of US 19 onto WV 16 South and drive through the town of Fayetteville. On the edge of town turn left onto Gatewood Road. There is also a sign for Cunard here, which is 7 miles away. Continue to follow the signs to Cunard. Specifically, turn left 5 miles down the road. Where the road splits in Cunard, go left over a bridge. Follow this road to the put-in.

Take-out: Turn east off of US 19 at the visitor center sign just north of the New River Bridge. You are now on WV 82 which turns into a one-way road. Stay on this road and follow the winding road to the take-out. The one way road will come out on the west side of US 19. Turn right to get to Fayetteville or left to Summersville.

One way shuttle time estimate: 35 minutes

Towns near New River Gorge Kayaking

Beckley West Virginia
Charleston West Virginia
Davis West Virginia
Fayetteville West Virginia
Harpers Ferry West Virginia
Hico West Virginia
Hinton West Virginia
Lewisburg West Virginia
Oak Hill West Virginia
Pearisburg Virginia
Summersville West Virginia

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Southeastern Kayak Clubs
  • Burned Out Canoe Club
  • West Virginia Wildwater Association