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Upper Railroad Rapid, Lower New River Gorge

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INFORMATION

RAPID NAME: Upper Railroad

RAPID RATING: Class III

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

Aptly named for being upstream of an active railroad trestle that crosses the river, Upper Railroad is the first major rapid of the Lower New River. This class IV rapid is created by a ledge that reaches from the right bank to the center of the river. The standard line is down the center crashing through the wave formed on the left of the ledge. The right side of a ledge is steeper and is a keeper at high flow.

Further downstream lie two rocks, center and right of center, affectionately nicknamed “Chicago” and “Detroit”. Avoid these to the left and follow the wavetrain.