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Pennsylvania whitewater, Buck Run

Chester county, Doe Run Church Road to Brandywine Confluence section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     4 miles
  If you're coming from Reading it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. The wonderful Pennsylvania scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Buck Run have people coming here. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that quite a few of the sections in this
    state are pretty easy. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This stretch is mid length, suitable for an afternoon trip.
If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. The Doe Run Church Road to Brandywine Confluence stretch of Buck Run in Pennsylvania is 4 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II section. The Doe Run Church Road to Brandywine Confluence stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in  
this river system. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people.

Briefly about the general area:
Go for a hike on the Buzzard Trail, and you'll meet a lot of people from Modena here. Good hiking is available along the Lenade Trail. Buck Run is a wet spot that gets a great deal of rain. During July this area sees the most rain while February is regularly the driest month. During the long summer days at Buck Run temperatures are regularly in the 80's. Once the sun is down it dips down to the 60's. High temperatures during the winter are normally in the 30's with temperatures at Buck Run dipping down into the 10's all through winter nights.

Buck Run, Doe Run Church Road to Brandywine Confluence 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 Buck Run.
 Whitewater Near Buck Run:
Brandywine Creek - West Branch, Chester County, 1 miles away
      Class I - 12 miles long (Mortonville to Lenape)
Buck Run, Chester County, 1 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Doe Run Church Road to Brandywine Confluence)
Brandywine Creek - West Branch, Chester County, 4 miles away
      Class III - 6.6 miles long (Pennsylvania 340 to Mortonville)
Brandywine Creek - West Branch, Chester County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.6 miles long (Icedale Road to Pennsylvania 340)
Brandywine Creek - West Branch, Chester County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.6 miles long (Icedale Road to Pennsylvania 340)
Brandywine Creek, Chester County, 9 miles away
      Class I - 11 miles long (Lenape Pennsylvania to Thompson Bridge Road Delaware)
Red Clay Creek, New Castle County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.5 miles long (Marshall Bridge Road to Route 41)
Brandywine Creek - East Branch, Chester County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 21.1 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 82 to Pennsylvania Route 842)
Big Elk Creek, Cecil County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 12.6 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 341 to Elkton)
French Creek, Chester County, 15 miles away
      Class II - 7 miles long (Route 100 to French Creek Road)
 Ski Areas Near Buck Run:
Spring Mountain, Pennsylvania , 30 miles away, 420 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
Bear Creek, Pennsylvania , 31 miles away, 510 foot drop, 7 lifts, 21 runs
Blue Marsh, Pennsylvania , 34 miles away, 315 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Blue Mountain, Pennsylvania , 51 miles away, 1082 foot drop, 9 lifts, 33 runs
Big Boulder, Pennsylvania , 61 miles away, 475 foot drop, 7 lifts, 16 runs
Jack Frost, Pennsylvania , 63 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 21 runs
Camelback, Pennsylvania , 67 miles away, 800 foot drop, 15 lifts, 34 runs
Mount Airy Lodge, Pennsylvania , 70 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 6 runs
Alpine Mountain, Pennsylvania , 74 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Sno Mountain, Pennsylvania , 76 miles away, 1020 foot drop, 7 lifts, 30 runs
 Marinas Near Buck Run:
Locust Point Marina, Elkton , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Buck Run:
Courtyard Philadelphia Coatesville, Coatesville , 4 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Kennett Square Brandywine Valley, Kennett Square , 8 miles away
Hilton Garden Inn Kennett Square, Kennett Square , 8 miles away
HGI Exton West Chester, Exton , 11 miles away
Residence Inn Philadelphia Great Valley/Exton, Exton , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Buck Run:
Koa Philadelphia Westchester, Coatesville, 4 miles away
KOA Kampgrounds, Coatesville, 4 miles away
Philadelphia/West Chester KOA, Unionville, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Buck Run:
Buzzard Trail, Chester , 15 miles away
Lenade Trail, Berks , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Buck Run:
Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Bethlehem - PA , 45 miles away
New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route, Newport - NJ , 56 miles away
Brandywine Creek State Park, Delaware , 16 miles away
Lums Pond State Park, Delaware , 20 miles away
Bellevue State Park, Delaware , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Buck Run:
Ingleside Golf Club, Coatesville , 4 miles away
Ingelside Golf Club, Thorndale , 4 miles away
Loch Nairn Golf Club, Landenberg , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Buck Run
Robert G Struble Lake, Chester , 11 miles away
Birdsboro Reservoir, Berks , 16 miles away
Milltown Reservoir, Chester , 17 miles away

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