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Lower Railroad Rapid, Lower New River Gorge

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INFORMATION

RAPID NAME: Lower Railroad

RAPID RATING: Class III

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

Just downstream lies Lower Railroad. The river drops off abruptly creating this class III+ rapid. This rapid can be run in multiple ways. At high water, paddle through the waves river right and avoid the rocks at bottom left. As the water gets lower, a line opens up in the center, and the “kayak slot” opens up on river left. The centerline should be avoided at low water (under 0’) as a deadly undercut known as “the clamshell” comes into play. Paddlers should choose either the “kayak slot” far left or “dory line” far-right. This rapid can be scouted at most levels from river left.