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Ohio whitewater, Rocky Fork

Licking county, Hickman to Licking River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I     10 miles
  If you're coming from Mount Vernon it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. The Hickman to Licking River stretch of Rocky Fork in Ohio is 10 miles long and has been rated as a class I section by American Whitewater. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are not so many other good rivers for that around here. If you'll be
    staying in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature
are great reasons to come. The beautiful scenery of Licking County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Ohio are often more forgiving than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers in this state are less demanding. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Hickman to Licking River  
section is one of them. There's camping available near Rocky Fork. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so pack your camping stuff.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Rocky Fork there are plenty of folks from Heath, and Dillon State Park is a pleasant place to stop at. Summertime at Rocky Fork comes with high temperatures in the 80's, and through the night it cools down to the 60's. Daytime highs during the winter are in the 30's, and after the sun is down through the winter temperatures at Rocky Fork dip into the 10's. Rocky Fork is a good place of normal rain.

Rocky Fork, Hickman to Licking 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 Rocky Fork.
 Whitewater Near Rocky Fork:
Rocky Fork, Licking County, 3 miles away
      Class I - 10 miles long (Hickman to Licking River)
Licking River, Licking County, 4 miles away
      Class I - 8.6 miles long (Newark to Rock Haven Park)
Wakatomica Creek, Muskingum County, 11 miles away
      Class II+ - 12 miles long (to Muskingum River)
Licking River, Licking/ Muskingum County, 15 miles away
      Class II - 4.2 miles long (Ridgely Tract to Dillon Falls)
Kokosing River, Coshocton/ Knox County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (Gambier to Walhonding River)
Clear Fork of Mohican, Ashland County, 27 miles away
      Class II - 4.9 miles long (Pleasant Hill Reservoir to Black Fork)
 Ski Areas Near Rocky Fork:
Clear Fork, Ohio , 27 miles away, 300 foot drop, 6 lifts, 10 runs
Snow Trails, Ohio , 32 miles away, 300 foot drop, 7 lifts, 15 runs
Boston Mills, Ohio , 79 miles away, 240 foot drop, 7 lifts, 8 runs
Brandywine, Ohio , 80 miles away, 240 foot drop, 9 lifts, 10 runs
Spicy Run Mountain, Ohio , 84 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 9 runs
Mad River Mountain, Ohio , 97 miles away, 300 foot drop, 12 lifts, 24 runs
 Marinas Near Rocky Fork:
Cranberry Pointe Marina, Hebron , 15 miles away
Alexander's Landing, Millersport , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Rocky Fork:
DBLTREE BY HILTON Newark, Ohio, Newark , 8 miles away
Knights Inn Heath Newark, Heath , 11 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites NEWARK-HEATH, Heath , 11 miles away
Courtyard Newark Granville, Newark , 11 miles away
Hampton Inn Heath-Newark, Heath , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rocky Fork:
Hidden Hill Campground, Newark, 2 miles away
Camp Ohio, St Louisville, 7 miles away
Wild Bill's Resort, Nashport, 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rocky Fork:
Dillon State Park, Ohio , 11 miles away
Buckeye Lake State Park, Ohio , 20 miles away
Muskingum River State Park, Ohio , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rocky Fork:
Longaberger Golf Club, Nashport , 4 miles away
Forest Hills Golf Course, Heath , 8 miles away
Licking Springs Trout & Golf Club, Newark , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Rocky Fork
Lake Hudson, Franklin , 16 miles away
Apple Valley Lake, Knox , 17 miles away
Lake Isabel, Muskingum , 18 miles away

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