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Maryland whitewater, Owens Creek

Frederick county, Lantz to Rocky Ridge Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV     8 miles
  The scenic beauty of Frederick County and the water flowing gracefully down Owens Creek attract people from near and far. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Maryland are often easier than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. The Lantz to Rocky Ridge Road section of Owens Creek in Maryland is 8 miles long and has been rated as a class II-IV section by American
    Whitewater. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. This stretch has has enough mileage, good for a one day paddling trip. No shortage of good hotels, but do book a room before
you come because it is a very popular destination. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Gettysburg, if you're not familiar with the area there's  
a road map further down the page.

Briefly about the general area:
A great forest near Owens Creek is Blacks Hilltop Orchard, and Eylers Valley is a great place to visit. Owens Creek is right by the High Rock Nature Trail; why not head up to Ski Liberty and strap some skis to your feet. A river like this is too good to miss. Take a hike on the Cunningham Falls Nature Trail; the great people of Thurmont like to hang out nearby. If time allows, Catoctin Mountain Park is a national park worth visiting. The annual rainfall here at Owens Creek is about average. May is when you get the most rain here while February is regularly the driest month.

Owens Creek, Lantz to Rocky Ridge Road road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Owens Creek.
 Whitewater Near Owens Creek:
Hunting Creek, Fredrick County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 2.5 miles long (Catoctin Hollow Road to Frank Bentz Lake)
Owens Creek, Frederick County, 4 miles away
      Class II-IV - 8 miles long (Lantz to Rocky Ridge Road)
Owens Creek, Frederick County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (Rocky Ridge Road to Monocacy River)
Middle creek, Frederick County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III(V) - 6.3 miles long (Wolfsville to Myersville)
Antietam Creek - East Branch, Franklin County, 10 miles away
      Class I-IV - 9 miles long (Old Forge to confluence with West Branch)
Marsh Creek, Adams County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.8 miles long (Old US Route 15 to Horner Road)
Catoctin Creek, Frederick County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 28.8 miles long (US 40 to Potomac River)
Beaver Creek, Washington County, 17 miles away
      Class I(II) - 4.5 miles long (Beaver Creek Park N Ride (I-70) to Alternate Route 40)
Conewago Creek - West, Adams County, 17 miles away
      Class III-V - 2 miles long (Buchanan Valley to Bridgeport)
Bennett Creek, Frederick County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 8 miles long (MD Route 355 to Monocacy River)
 Ski Areas Near Owens Creek:
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 7 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania , 42 miles away, 600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 15 runs
Tussey Mountain, Pennsylvania , 64 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 86 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
Blue Marsh, Pennsylvania , 99 miles away, 315 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Marinas Near Owens Creek:
Gettysburg Marine Center, Biglerville , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Owens Creek:
Super 8 Thurmont, Thurmont , 2 miles away
Sleep Inn & Suites, Emmitsburg , 7 miles away
The Fairfield Inn, Fairfield , 8 miles away
Waynesboro Cobblestone Hotel, Waynesboro , 10 miles away
The Lodges At Gettysburg, Gettysburg , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Owens Creek:
Crow's Nest Campground, Thurmont, 1 miles away
Cunningham Falls State Park - Manor Area, Thurmont, 3 miles away
Cunningham Falls State Park, Thurmont, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Owens Creek:
High Rock Nature Trail, Frederick , 4 miles away
Cunningham Falls Nature Trail, Frederick , 4 miles away
Spiderbush Nature Trail, Frederick , 5 miles away
Warrior Trail, Franklin , 11 miles away
Sandy Ridge Trail, Franklin , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Owens Creek:
Catoctin Mountain Park, Thurmont - MD , 3 miles away
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Harpers Ferry - WV , 30 miles away
Greenbrier State Park, West Virginia , 16 miles away
Seneca Creek State Park, Maryland , 25 miles away
Patuxent River State Park, Maryland , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Owens Creek:
Maple Run Golf Course, Thurmont , 2 miles away
Monterey Country Club, Blue Ridge Summit , 6 miles away
Mountain View Golf Club, Fairfield , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Owens Creek
Hunting Creek Lake, Frederick , 4 miles away
Culler Lake, Frederick , 12 miles away
Long Pine Run Reservoir, Adams , 16 miles away

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