Five little-known facts about rafting the Gauley River

Rafters with charge through a rapid  on the Gauley.

Did you know that Indians escaped into the Gauley wilds to avoid Europeans? Or that Confederate soldiers escaped across the river at night? West Virginia's Gauley River becomes one of the world's most popular whitewater-rafting streams in autumn when Summersville Lake is drained. During this big-water season thousands of bucket-listers and hardcore paddlers descend on the river, but only a few may know of these five facts.

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