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Double Z Rapid, Lower New River Gorge

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RAPID NAME: Double Z

RAPID RATING: Class IV+

RIVER SECTION: Lower New River Gorge - Cunard To Fayette Station

The most technical rapid on the Lower New River, Double Z, requires paddlers to make their way to the right behind the aptly named “thumb rock” avoiding a ledge that can send swimmers downstream toward the multiple undercut rocks. Once around the ledge, a diagonal reactionary wave lies downstream of the right bank. Punching through this wave keeps paddlers away from “chair hole”, “table rock”, and “butcher’s block” downstream. Another slanted undercut, “vulture rock” lies downstream on the right.