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Maryland whitewater, Wills Creek

Allegany county, Ellerslie to North Branch Potomac section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     6.1 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Cumberland, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The wonderful Allegany County scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Wills Creek are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. If you'll be staying in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.
    And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Maryland is often easier than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. A bit
of exercise and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here. This stretch is mid length, good for a one day paddling trip. The Ellerslie to North Branch Potomac section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
There is a good hiking trail near Wills Creek called
 
the Wigfield Trail; Big Blue Spring is a pretty place to go to while you're at Wills Creek. The Old Mail Trail is a fine hiking trail close to Wills Creek, and there are plenty of people from Corriganville here. This is such a wonderful river. Don't leave Wills Creek without first checking out Lovers Leap, and Wills Creek is next to The Narrows which is positively worth a visit. Through the summertime here at Wills Creek, high temperatures regularly get into the 80's with night lows in the 50's. For the duration of the winter highs are in the 30's, and after the sun is down during the wintertime temperatures at Wills Creek dip into the 10's.

Wills Creek, Ellerslie to North Branch Potomac 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 Wills Creek.
 Whitewater Near Wills Creek:
Wills Creek, Allegany County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.1 miles long (Ellerslie to North Branch Potomac)
Jennings Run, Allegany County, 5 miles away
      Class III+ - 3.5 miles long (Barrelville to Wills Creek)
Evitts Creek, Bedford (PA) and Allegany (MD) County, 7 miles away
      Class I-III - 13.5 miles long (Lake Gordon Dam to Maryland Route 51)
Wills Creek, -blank- County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 3.5 miles long (Fairhope to Hyndman)
Wills Creek, Somerset County, 9 miles away
      Class II-IV - 18.7 miles long (Glencoe to Ellerslie)
Brush Creek, Somerset County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.2 miles long (Covered Bridge to Wills Creek)
Flintstone Creek, Allegany County, 13 miles away
      Class I-III - 3.5 miles long (Flintstone Creek Road to Town Creek)
Georges Creek, Allegany County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (Maryland Route 36 to North Branch Potomac River)
Town Creek, -blank- County, 15 miles away
      Class I - 27 miles long (I-68 to Potomac River)
Piney Creek, Somerset County, 18 miles away
      Class III - 3.5 miles long (Little Piney Creek to Boynton)
 Ski Areas Near Wills Creek:
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 36 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 38 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 39 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 41 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 42 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 46 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 55 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 58 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 68 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Boyce Park, Pennsylvania , 80 miles away, 180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Wills Creek:
Ramada Cumberland Downtown, Cumberland , 2 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Cumberland, Cumberland , 2 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites LA VALE - CUMBERLAND, La Vale , 5 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites LaVale - Cumberland, La Vale , 5 miles away
Econo Lodge Lavale, La Vale , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Wills Creek:
Reserve World, Cumberland, 3 miles away
C and O Canal NHP - Evitts Creek, Wiley Ford, 4 miles away
Iron Mountain Campground, Allegany County, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Wills Creek:
Old Mail Trail, Bedford , 9 miles away
Wigfield Trail, Bedford , 13 miles away
Dickens Trail, Bedford , 14 miles away
Gum Spring Trail, Bedford , 14 miles away
Burnt Mills Trail, Bedford , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Wills Creek:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 59 miles away
Cacapon State Park, West Virginia , 34 miles away
Blue Knob State Park, Pennsylvania , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Wills Creek:
Cumberland Country Club, Cumberland , 3 miles away
Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort, Flintstone , 8 miles away
Fore Sisters Golf Course, Rawlings , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Wills Creek
Lake Gordon, Bedford , 7 miles away
Lake Habeeb, Allegany , 7 miles away
Midland-Gilmore Reservoir, Allegany , 13 miles away

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