I remember the Pitt-Gauley drive as more like 3 hours, but you get the idea. I've done Charleston and Pittsburgh a couple times each and I much prefer flying into Pittsburgh. You can't take boat on a plane into Charleston - at all - as DirtyWater mentioned. Pittsburgh has way more flight flexibility and if you buy early you can get tix for under $200 (for next year obviouxly). And you get the Yough if you want it, only about one hour out of the way on your drive. We're sorta hoping for rain and a detour to the Cheat this year...
Unless you really have the time and want to road trip with your friends from ATL, I personally would never fly into there for a Gauley trip. Tallulah, yes. WV, never.
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