you can drive to the gauley in about 24 hours if you just stop for gas, coffee and pee breaks. if you make too many stops it willl take longer. the gauley runs 2800cfs four days a week (fri, sat, sun,mon). the first weekend is the weekend after labor day. it goes for six weekends.gauley fest weekend is the third weekend of the season. it is by far the most crowded weekend. a lot of fun if you want to socialize, not much if you are looking for short lines at the play spots. the last weekend is a 2 day release (sat, sun). well worth the drive. during big hurricaine seasons the east coast sometimes gets pounded and there is water everywhere. southern west virginia has several rivers within 45 min drive of each other. the lower new, the new river dries. the lower new is 3-4 and has a huge watershed. it is never too low to run. the dries runs when the new gets above 10,000 cfs. at lower flows the dries are 3-4. the upper, middle, and lower meadow. the upper meadow is a class 4 run. the middle is 3-4.the lower meadow is 5-6. the gauley has two sections. lower is calss 3-4 the upper is class4-5. the about an hour northeast toward richwood there are several good 3-4 runs. the cranberry, the cherry both have several different forks and sections. also the top gauley is near there it is class 2-3 that is the gauley above the lake. most of these runs depend on rain though. the gauley and the new are going to run no matter what. if you see a hurricaine coming up the east coast, pack up and go. a lot of these other rivers will probably run if they get some rain.