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Pennsylvania whitewater, Dark Shade Creek

Somerset county, Rockingham to Clear Shade section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     1.1 miles
  The Rockingham to Clear Shade section of Dark Shade Creek is 1.1 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class IV-V section. If you're coming from Somerset it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The natural beauty of Pennsylvania and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. A good workout and
    a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so you'd better keep in mind that many of
the sections in this state are safe for beginners. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This section is very short so better bring some good walking shoes. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of rivers  
for that. The Rockingham to Clear Shade stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system.

Briefly about the general area:
Dark Shade Creek is right by the Wolf Rocks Trail, and folks from Central City love to come here. The Old '56' Trail offers hiking at its best. Dark Shade Creek gets a common amount of annual rain. All through the month of July you get the most rain around here while February is the month with the least amount of precipitation. For the duration of the summertime months at Dark Shade Creek temperatures are regularly in the 70's. Once the sun is down it plunges down to the 50's.

Dark Shade Creek, Rockingham to Clear Shade 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 Dark Shade Creek.
 Whitewater Near Dark Shade Creek:
Dark Shade Creek, Somerset County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.1 miles long (Rockingham to Clear Shade)
Shade Creek, Somerset County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.6 miles long (Confluence of Dark and Clear Shade to Stony Creek)
Roaring Fork, Somerset County, 3 miles away
      Class IV - 1.5 miles long (Rt 160 Bridge to confluence with Shade Creek)
Clear Shade Creek, Somerset County, 6 miles away
      Class III - 5.5 miles long (Crum Road to Shade Creek)
Paint Creek, Somerset County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 2.7 miles long (SR 56 to Stonycreek River)
Stonycreek River, Somerset County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.6 miles long (Foustwell to Carpenters Park)
Stonycreek River, Somerset County, 9 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 1.7 miles long (Hollsopple to Foustwell)
Stonycreek River, Somerset County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.97 miles long (Shanksville to Mostoller)
Hinckston Run, Cambria County, 12 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.1 miles long (Hinckston Falls Area)
Little Conemaugh River, Cambria County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 10.2 miles long (South Fork to Johnstown)
 Ski Areas Near Dark Shade Creek:
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 20 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 24 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 31 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 34 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 48 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Boyce Park, Pennsylvania , 67 miles away, 180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 69 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 70 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 73 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Tussey Mountain, Pennsylvania , 81 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
 Hotels Near Dark Shade Creek:
Sleep Inn Johnstown, Johnstown , 8 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Johnstown, Johnstown , 8 miles away
Hampton Inn Johnstown PA, Johnstown , 9 miles away
Super 8 Johnstown, Johnstown , 10 miles away
Econo Lodge Johnstown, Johnstown , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Dark Shade Creek:
Quemahoning Family Recreation Area, Jerome, 10 miles away
Pine Oaks Campground, Friedens, 11 miles away
Shawnee State Park, Schellsburg, 13 miles away
 Trails Near Dark Shade Creek:
Old '56' Trail, Somerset , 6 miles away
Wolf Rocks Trail, Somerset , 6 miles away
John P Saylor Trail, Somerset , 7 miles away
Lost Turkey Trail, Somerset , 7 miles away
Roger Mountain Trail, Indiana , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Dark Shade Creek:
Blue Knob State Park, Pennsylvania , 19 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Dark Shade Creek:
Northwinds Golf Course, Central City , 6 miles away
Windber Country Club, Salix , 9 miles away
Richland Greens Golf Center, Johnstown , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Dark Shade Creek
Indian Lake, Somerset , 6 miles away
Quemahoning Reservoir, Somerset , 9 miles away

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