Thumper Rapid

whitewater rafting through Thumper Rapid on the Upper Gauley River in West Virginia

Below Sweet's Falls, the river lets up a bit as it meanders its way through some large boulders and breathtaking scenery. You will know that you are approaching Thumper when your view downstream becomes blocked by a sizable accumulation of boulders. Kayakers have the option of entering to the left or to the right; however rafts should choose the left entrance because it provides a much wider channel for navigation. The main flow of the rapid moves from left to right and over a bumpy ledge system.

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Thumper Rapid at 2800 cfs