Gauley River New River Gorge Foltz 9 2022 (1)

Stephen Smith (back), 47, of Ocoee Tennesee guides his raft through the Pillow Rock rapid on the Upper Gauley River in West Virginia, during American Whitewater’s Gauley Fest. Pillow Rock is one of five Class V rapids on the Upper Gauley and a popular spot for rafters and kayakers to watch boaters run the rapid. Photo: Sebastian Foltz