Best Towns 2010: Fayetteville, West Virginia

Runner Up: Best for Whitewater

The Lower Gauley River     Photo: Trevor Clark/Aurora

A lot of young people move to Fayetteville (pop. 2,677) to become raft guides on the renowned New and Gauley rivers. Then they get older and decide to do something that supports a mortgage. But they don't leave. A dozen or so other lesser-known (but kick-ass) rivers are part of the reason. So is the quick access to best-in-the-South rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking.

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