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Pennsylvania whitewater, Jacobs Creek

Westmoreland county, Acme to Laurelville section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     4.5 miles
  The Acme to Laurelville section of Jacobs Creek in Pennsylvania is 4.5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III-IV section of whitewater. The natural beauty of Pennsylvania and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. If you're coming from Somerset it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with the area there's
    a road map further down the page. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the
night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's perfect for a one day trip. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling rivers. The average Pennsylvania whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so  
if you're not from around here don't forget that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp.

Briefly about the general area:
There's pleasant hiking along the Great Gorge Trail, and the nice folks of Acme like to hang out nearby. You can never get enough of the good skiing at Seven Springs. Through the summertime highs here at Jacobs Creek reach the 80's, and all through the night it cools down to the 60's. During the wintertime this place gets highs in the 30's, and overnight lows in the 10's for Jacobs Creek.

Jacobs Creek, Acme to Laurelville 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 Jacobs Creek.
 Whitewater Near Jacobs Creek:
Jacobs Creek, Westmoreland County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.5 miles long (Acme to Laurelville)
Fourmile Run, Westmoreland County, 7 miles away
      Class II-IV - 10 miles long (Route 130 to Loyalhanna Creek at Darlington)
Indian Creek, Fayette County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 4.9 miles long (Route 381 to Camp Carmel)
Crabtree Creek, Westmoreland County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 4.1 miles long (Crabtree to New Alexandria)
Jacobs Creek, Westmoreland/Fayette County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.1 miles long (Chaintown to Youghiogheny River)
Loyalhanna Creek, Westmoreland County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 16.4 miles long (Rector to Latrobe)
Whitewater Outfitter - Wilderness Voyageurs - Outfitters, Fayette County, 15 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Youghiogheny River, Fayette County, 15 miles away
      Class III - 7.4 miles long (Ohiopyle to Bruner Run)
Youghiogheny River, Fayette County, 15 miles away
      Class IV - 0.25 miles long (Ohiopyle Falls)
Drake Run, Somerset County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2 miles long (Draketown to Youghiogheny River)
 Ski Areas Near Jacobs Creek:
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 13 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 15 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 20 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Boyce Park, Pennsylvania , 26 miles away, 180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 32 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 58 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 60 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 63 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 85 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 98 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
 Hotels Near Jacobs Creek:
Days Inn Donegal, Donegal , 6 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites DONEGAL, Donegal , 6 miles away
Holiday Inn Express MT. PLEASANT - SCOTTDALE, Mount Pleasant , 7 miles away
Inn At Mountainview, Greensburg , 8 miles away
Comfort Inn Greensburg, Greensburg , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Jacobs Creek:
Donegal Campground, Donegal, 5 miles away
Laurel Highlands Campland, Donegal, 6 miles away
Hideaway Campground, Normalville, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Jacobs Creek:
Great Gorge Trail, Fayette , 15 miles away
Darr Trail, Westmoreland , 17 miles away
Brant Trail, Westmoreland , 18 miles away
Wolf Rocks Trail, Westmoreland , 19 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Jacobs Creek:
Norvelt Golf Club, Mount Pleasant , 4 miles away
Glengarry Golf Links, Latrobe , 5 miles away
Golf & Sports Center, Mount Pleasant , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Jacobs Creek
Cranberry Glade Lake, Somerset , 14 miles away
Barnes Lake, Westmoreland , 18 miles away

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