From AW website FYI!

Entrance fees for 2010:
  • Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: $25
  • Friday and Saturday: $20
  • Saturday only: $15

Note: these are the exact same prices for attendance and camping that have been in place, unchanged for over a decade (really!). However, what is no longer available are non-camping, entrance-only passes. This minor change is to simplify the pricing and to minimize the number of people who were trying to underpay on their way into the Festival – Gauley Fest is after all a fundraiser for American Whitewater.

Why we made the change: The alternative is some sort of complicated bracelet and pricing system where you have to go around checking people’s wristbands constantly or have non-campers leave after a certain time. It’s just not worth it, it would ruin the great vibe that is Gauley Fest. We’d rather have everyone pay the same, simple prices on the way in and then let everybody just concentrate on having a good time.
We encourage you to remember that American Whitewater is a non-profit organization and Gauley Fest is our biggest fundraiser of the year. All the money raised goes to fund our river stewardship projects.

As Gauley Fest grows, the ability to safely have car parking in the same area as camping becomes more and more difficult. In each of the past several years one or more tents have been run over during the festival, luckily with no injuries as a result. It goes without saying that the safety of attendees is the number one concern of American Whitewater. To this end, we’re going to have to limit parking in the inner festival area as we have the past two years.


For 2010, the following parking limits will be in place –

  • Friday 8 pm: No more vehicle access to the inner festival area
  • Saturday 2 pm: No more vehicle access to the inner festival area
After these times, folks will have to park in the parking lots just outside the inner festival area. This means you will have to walk in about 50-100 yards. If you plan to sleep in your vehicle you’re still welcome to do so; you should just plan to get your vehicle in before the cutoff times or you’ll have to sleep in your vehicle in one of the parking lots (which we’ve had several reports quieter and arguably nicer).
This park and walk-in system is the exact same that you would see at any other festival of Gauley Fest’s size and it is a safety necessity.
Finally, while we know change can be hard, we remind you to not take it out on the people working the festival. These folks are all volunteers giving their time to help AW put on our biggest fundraiser and deserve nothing but praise for their efforts. Anyone who sees fit to harass or intimidate a Gauley Fest volunteer in any way will be immediately ejected, permanently banned and turned over to the police. Boaters are some of the nicest people in the world, let’s all make sure that shows through 🙂