Gauley River National Recreation Area

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Fall on the Gauley
Fall on the Gauley

Many species of plants and animals call the Gauley River National Recreation Area home. Ranging from the ridgetop varieties adapted to constant winds and rocky, dry soils to the mixed hardwood forests, the plant and animal types vary at different levels along the gorge.

The Gauley River also may have the largest population in the world of Virginia Spiraea, a rare, threatened plant species. Ten other rare plant species and six species of rare animals are present in the initial studies of this park service area. In addition to these rare varieties, an abundance of other plants and wildlife live in the Gauley River gorge.

Published: 27 Jul 2009 | Last Updated: 9 Jun 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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