Gauley Tailwaters Campground

Gauley River National Recreation Area

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2981 Summersville Road Summersville, WV 26651 304-465-0508 Official Website

GPS: 38.2169, -80.8896

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Overview of Gauley Tailwaters Campground

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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Number of Sites 18

Elevation 1,377 ft / 419 m

Max Stay 14

Tent Camping Yes

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Reviews of Gauley Tailwaters Campground 2 people have reviewed this location.

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Last reported 10/23/2017
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170' Mercedes 2500 Sprinter
6 reviews
“Unclean free campsite ”

Reviewed 7/2/2018

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 14
Overall Rating

Can’t give higher then a 4
Stayed Mid week May 2018
Bathrooms very clean and odor less
Campsite itself had garbage everywhere !!!!

Many local homless super nice campers
Quiet at night
Bring bug spray! Very humid
Gualey River great for kids and dogs

If you need a one nite to crash and don’t want to pay for dry camping - it’s worth it

Site Quality

Echo would stay here again

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The Novel Traveler
Hope Valley, RI Kia Sorento
17 reviews
“Foot Of A Massive Dam!”

Reviewed 10/23/2017

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 10
Site Number: 6
Overall Rating

I arrived at this site to find hundreds of people. Apparently, it ranks among the most popular white water rafting locations in the country. When the Summersville Dam does a big release, its a huge party. People were fun, respectful and good natured. It was quite a party, lol.
By Sunday night, the rafters and kayakers had left and there were about a dozen serious campers at this free site. Again, super nice people and I met some full-time travelers like me.
There are camper bathrooms, non-flush as well as port-a-jons, river access, fire rings, picnic tables, hiking, parks and nearby cliff diving, swimming etc.
It's all about the outdoor here in the West Virginia mountains. I did enjoy Fran's Restaurant and Long Point Restaurant and Bar. Had drinks and watched football with a coal miner, good guy.
You can download a map of the area and find numerous natural resources. I love the area. The camp site was adequate with good camaraderie.


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Verizon 4G/LTE

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  • dry camping
  • boat ramp
  • fishing
  • water access
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • restrooms: vault
  • trash
  • water available


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