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Maryland whitewater, Owens Creek

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

 

CLASS I-II     5 miles
  The Rocky Ridge Road to Monocacy River section of Owens Creek in Frederick County is 5 miles long and is a class I-II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Maryland is often easier than elsewhere, so better not forget that the rivers in this state are less demanding. The starting point is not too far from Gettysburg, as you can see on the road map further down. The nature scenery of Frederick
    County and the cool fresh water have people coming here. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. A good workout and spending some quality
time in nature will make you glad you came. There's camping available near Owens Creek. This stretch is mid length, it's good length for a morning trip. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good places. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Rocky Ridge Road to Monocacy River section is one of them.

Briefly about the
 
general area:
Going for a hike along the High Rock Nature Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this vicinity. Do pay a visit to Catoctin Mountain Park if you're here at Owens Creek. Hiking along the Cunningham Falls Nature Trail is good fun, and there are plenty of people from Rocky Ridge here. This is such a fun river. A day on the slopes of Ski Liberty is just what you need. Owens Creek is a good location of normal rain. The month with most of the rain is May, and the driest month of the year is February. High temperatures at Owens Creek through the warmest time of the year are in the 80's.

Owens Creek, Rocky Ridge Road to Monocacy River 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:
Owens Creek, Frederick County, 1 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (Rocky Ridge Road to Monocacy River)
Hunting Creek, Fredrick County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 2.5 miles long (Catoctin Hollow Road to Frank Bentz Lake)
Owens Creek, Frederick County, 9 miles away
      Class II-IV - 8 miles long (Lantz to Rocky Ridge Road)
Marsh Creek, Adams County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.8 miles long (Old US Route 15 to Horner Road)
Middle creek, Frederick County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III(V) - 6.3 miles long (Wolfsville to Myersville)
Antietam Creek - East Branch, Franklin County, 14 miles away
      Class I-IV - 9 miles long (Old Forge to confluence with West Branch)
Bennett Creek, Frederick County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 8 miles long (MD Route 355 to Monocacy River)
Catoctin Creek, Frederick County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 28.8 miles long (US 40 to Potomac River)
Conewago Creek - West, Adams County, 19 miles away
      Class III-V - 2 miles long (Buchanan Valley to Bridgeport)
Beaver Creek, Washington County, 21 miles away
      Class I(II) - 4.5 miles long (Beaver Creek Park N Ride (I-70) to Alternate Route 40)
 Ski Areas Near Owens Creek:
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 9 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania , 40 miles away, 600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 15 runs
Tussey Mountain, Pennsylvania , 69 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 92 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
Blue Marsh, Pennsylvania , 96 miles away, 315 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Marinas Near Owens Creek:
Gettysburg Marine Center, Biglerville , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Owens Creek:
Super 8 Thurmont, Thurmont , 5 miles away
Sleep Inn & Suites, Emmitsburg , 6 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Frederick-Fort Detrick, Frederick , 9 miles away
The Fairfield Inn, Fairfield , 10 miles away
Aspire Hotel, Gettysburg , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Owens Creek:
Crow's Nest Campground, Thurmont, 4 miles away
Cunningham Falls State Park - Manor Area, Thurmont, 6 miles away
Cunningham Falls State Park, Thurmont, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Owens Creek:
Cunningham Falls Nature Trail, Frederick , 8 miles away
High Rock Nature Trail, Frederick , 8 miles away
Spiderbush Nature Trail, Frederick , 9 miles away
Green Ridge Trail, Adams , 15 miles away
Warrior Trail, Franklin , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Owens Creek:
Catoctin Mountain Park, Thurmont - MD , 6 miles away
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Harpers Ferry - WV , 33 miles away
Greenbrier State Park, West Virginia , 19 miles away
Patuxent River State Park, Maryland , 20 miles away
Seneca Creek State Park, Maryland , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Owens Creek:
Maple Run Golf Course, Thurmont , 4 miles away
Glade Valley Golf Club, Walkersville , 4 miles away
Clustered Spires Golf Course, Frederick , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Owens Creek
Hunting Creek Lake, Frederick , 8 miles away
Culler Lake, Frederick , 11 miles away
Long Pine Run Reservoir, Adams , 19 miles away

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