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Pennsylvania whitewater, Blacklick Creek - South Branch

Cambria county, Route 271 to Vintondale section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     9 miles
 
I'm looking for a canoe portage between the Ohio drainage and the Susquehanna. Is Blacklick creek a possibility? Says Rand

This section of Blacklick Creek - South Branch in Pennsylvania is 9 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-III section. The starting location is a short drive from Johnstown, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Getting some good exercise and spending
    some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Pennsylvania are easier than the national norm, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a lot of the rivers in this
state are suitable for beginners. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good places. This is a pretty decent length section, it's perfect for a one day trip. There are  
some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Route 271 to Vintondale stretch is one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
On a great day at Blacklick Creek - South Branch you can take a hike along the Roger Mountain Trail; during your visit here you'll meet some people from Nanty Glo for sure. The Clark Run Trail is a great hiking trail near Blacklick Creek - South Branch. Blacklick Creek - South Branch is a reasonably wet place commonly with a great deal of precipitation. Of all the months in a year July is the one with the most rain, and the driest month is February.

Blacklick Creek - South Branch, Route 271 to Vintondale 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 Blacklick Creek - South Branch.
 Whitewater Near Blacklick Creek - South Branch:
Blacklick Creek - South Branch, Cambria County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (Route 271 to Vintondale)
Little Conemaugh River, Cambria County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 10.2 miles long (South Fork to Johnstown)
Hinckston Run, Cambria County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.1 miles long (Hinckston Falls Area)
Conemaugh River, Cambria/ Westmoreland County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 25.9 miles long (Johnstown to Torrance)
Paint Creek, Somerset County, 12 miles away
      Class V - 2.7 miles long (SR 56 to Stonycreek River)
Chest Creek, Cambria/Clearfield County, 13 miles away
      Class I-III - 34 miles long (LR11038 to West Br. Susquehanna River)
Blacklick Creek, Indiana County, 14 miles away
      Class II-IV - 10 miles long (Route 56 to Josephine)
Stonycreek River, Somerset County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.6 miles long (Foustwell to Carpenters Park)
Stonycreek River, Somerset County, 15 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 1.7 miles long (Hollsopple to Foustwell)
Roaring Fork, Somerset County, 16 miles away
      Class IV - 1.5 miles long (Rt 160 Bridge to confluence with Shade Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Blacklick Creek - South Branch:
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 22 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 28 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 36 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 39 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 60 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Boyce Park, Pennsylvania , 62 miles away, 180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Tussey Mountain, Pennsylvania , 77 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 85 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 87 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 88 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
 Hotels Near Blacklick Creek - South Branch:
Quality Inn Ebensburg, Ebensburg , 6 miles away
Red Carpet Inn & Suites Ebensburg, Ebensburg , 7 miles away
Super 8 Johnstown, Johnstown , 9 miles away
Holiday Inn JOHNSTOWN-DOWNTOWN, Johnstown , 10 miles away
Econo Lodge Johnstown, Johnstown , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Blacklick Creek - South Branch:
Nanty Glo Municipal Authority Pool and Park, Nanty Glo, 1 miles away
Woodland Park, Ebensburg, 5 miles away
Duman Lake County Park, Nicktown, 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Blacklick Creek - South Branch:
Blue Knob State Park, Pennsylvania , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Blacklick Creek - South Branch:
Pleasant Valley Golf Course, Vintondale , 8 miles away
Maple Crest Golf Club, Portage , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Blacklick Creek - South Branch
Quemahoning Reservoir, Somerset , 17 miles away

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