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Pennsylvania whitewater, Antietam Creek - East Branch

Franklin county, Old Forge to confluence with West Branch section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-IV     9 miles
  The starting location is a reasonable drive from Chambersburg, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The Old Forge to confluence with West Branch section of Antietam Creek - East Branch in Franklin County is 9 miles long and has been rated as a class I-IV section by American Whitewater. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great attractions for lots of people.
    Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Pennsylvania are easier than the national norm, so better not forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area
with plenty of spots for that. There are some good hotels near the river, but if you don’t have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The wonderful Franklin County scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Antietam Creek - East Branch are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Old Forge to confluence  
with West Branch section is just one of them. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
A visit to Antietam Creek - East Branch wouldn’t be complete without a trip to nearby Greenbrier State Park. Have a fine hiking adventure along the Warrior Trail, and of course, A journey to Antietam Cove is always fun. This river is so perfect. The snow is great at Ski Liberty, and going for a hike along the Sandy Ridge Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this neighborhood. At Antietam Creek - East Branch you always meet someone from Waynesboro.

Antietam Creek - East Branch, Old Forge to confluence with West Branch 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 Antietam Creek - East Branch.
 Whitewater Near Antietam Creek - East Branch:
Antietam Creek - East Branch, Franklin County, 6 miles away
      Class I-IV - 9 miles long (Old Forge to confluence with West Branch)
Owens Creek, Frederick County, 7 miles away
      Class II-IV - 8 miles long (Lantz to Rocky Ridge Road)
Hunting Creek, Fredrick County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 2.5 miles long (Catoctin Hollow Road to Frank Bentz Lake)
Middle creek, Frederick County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III(V) - 6.3 miles long (Wolfsville to Myersville)
Beaver Creek, Washington County, 13 miles away
      Class I(II) - 4.5 miles long (Beaver Creek Park N Ride (I-70) to Alternate Route 40)
Owens Creek, Frederick County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (Rocky Ridge Road to Monocacy River)
Antietam Creek, Washington County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (Oak Bridge to Highway 68)
Conewago Creek - West, Adams County, 16 miles away
      Class III-V - 2 miles long (Buchanan Valley to Bridgeport)
Catoctin Creek, Frederick County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 28.8 miles long (US 40 to Potomac River)
Marsh Creek, Adams County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.8 miles long (Old US Route 15 to Horner Road)
 Ski Areas Near Antietam Creek - East Branch:
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 11 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania , 46 miles away, 600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 15 runs
Tussey Mountain, Pennsylvania , 55 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 76 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
Ski Sawmill, Pennsylvania , 94 miles away, 515 foot drop, 4 lifts, 13 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 99 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
 Marinas Near Antietam Creek - East Branch:
Gettysburg Marine Center, Biglerville , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Antietam Creek - East Branch:
Waynesboro Cobblestone Hotel, Waynesboro , 2 miles away
Burgundy Lane Bed & Breakfast, Waynesboro , 3 miles away
Days Inn Waynesboro, Waynesboro , 4 miles away
Penn National Inn, Fayetteville , 5 miles away
Scottish Inn & Suites Gettysburg Area, Fayetteville , 7 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Antietam Creek - East Branch:
Deer Lick Shelters - Appalachian Trail, Blue Ridge Summit, 3 miles away
Antietam Shelter - Appalachian Trail, South Mountain, 4 miles away
Tumbling Run Shelters - Appalachian Trail, South Mountain, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Antietam Creek - East Branch:
Warrior Trail, Franklin , 2 miles away
Sandy Ridge Trail, Franklin , 3 miles away
Spiderbush Nature Trail, Frederick , 8 miles away
High Rock Nature Trail, Frederick , 9 miles away
Green Ridge Trail, Adams , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Antietam Creek - East Branch:
Catoctin Mountain Park, Thurmont - MD , 12 miles away
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Harpers Ferry - WV , 29 miles away
Greenbrier State Park, West Virginia , 14 miles away
Seneca Creek State Park, Maryland , 35 miles away
Patuxent River State Park, Maryland , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Antietam Creek - East Branch:
Waynesboro Country Club, Waynesboro , 1 miles away
South Mountain Golf Course, Waynesboro , 3 miles away
Golf Course, Waynesboro , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Antietam Creek - East Branch
Hunting Creek Lake, Frederick , 9 miles away
Long Pine Run Reservoir, Adams , 11 miles away

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