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Pennsylvania whitewater, Wills Creek

Somerset county, Glencoe to Ellerslie section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV     18.7 miles
  If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. The nature scenery of Somerset County and the playfulness of the water have people coming here. The Glencoe to Ellerslie section of Wills Creek in Pennsylvania is 18.7 miles long and is a class II-IV section of whitewater according
    to American Whitewater. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so pack your camping stuff. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The nearby hotels are
a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. The put-in location is a short drive from Cumberland, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either  
way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Wills Creek you will meet lots of folks from close by Corriganville, and nice hiking is available along the Old Mail Trail. High temperatures at Wills Creek throughout the summer are in the 70's. Once the sun is down it drops down to the 50's. Highs during the winter are generally in the 30's with temperatures at Wills Creek dipping down into the 10's all through winter nights. A typical amount of precipitation falls here at Wills Creek. The month of July is the wettest with most of the rain, and the driest of the months is February.

Wills Creek, Glencoe to Ellerslie 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 Wills Creek.
 Whitewater Near Wills Creek:
Jennings Run, Allegany County, 3 miles away
      Class III+ - 3.5 miles long (Barrelville to Wills Creek)
Wills Creek, Allegany County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.1 miles long (Ellerslie to North Branch Potomac)
Wills Creek, Somerset County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV - 18.7 miles long (Glencoe to Ellerslie)
Wills Creek, -blank- County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 3.5 miles long (Fairhope to Hyndman)
Brush Creek, Somerset County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.2 miles long (Covered Bridge to Wills Creek)
Evitts Creek, Bedford (PA) and Allegany (MD) County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III - 13.5 miles long (Lake Gordon Dam to Maryland Route 51)
Georges Creek, Allegany County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (Maryland Route 36 to North Branch Potomac River)
Piney Creek, Somerset County, 14 miles away
      Class III - 3.5 miles long (Little Piney Creek to Boynton)
Flintstone Creek, Allegany County, 16 miles away
      Class I-III - 3.5 miles long (Flintstone Creek Road to Town Creek)
Savage River, Garrett County, 16 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 12.5 miles long (Avilton Lonaconing Road to Head of Savage Reservoir)
 Ski Areas Near Wills Creek:
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 33 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 35 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 35 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 37 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 39 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 49 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 55 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 57 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 71 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Boyce Park, Pennsylvania , 76 miles away, 180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Wills Creek:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites LA VALE - CUMBERLAND, La Vale , 5 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites LaVale - Cumberland, La Vale , 5 miles away
Super 8 La Vale/Cumberland Area, La Vale , 5 miles away
BEST WESTERN Braddock Motor Inn, La Vale , 6 miles away
Econo Lodge Lavale, La Vale , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Wills Creek:
Reserve World, Cumberland, 7 miles away
C and O Canal NHP - Evitts Creek, Wiley Ford, 8 miles away
Iron Mountain Campground, Allegany County, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Wills Creek:
Old Mail Trail, Bedford , 10 miles away
Wigfield Trail, Bedford , 16 miles away
Dickens Trail, Bedford , 17 miles away
Gum Spring Trail, Bedford , 17 miles away
Evitts Mountain Trail, Bedford , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Wills Creek:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 62 miles away
Blue Knob State Park, Pennsylvania , 33 miles away
Cacapon State Park, West Virginia , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Wills Creek:
Cumberland Country Club, Cumberland , 7 miles away
Fore Sisters Golf Course, Rawlings , 11 miles away
Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort, Flintstone , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Wills Creek
Lake Gordon, Bedford , 10 miles away
Lake Habeeb, Allegany , 11 miles away
Midland-Gilmore Reservoir, Allegany , 12 miles away

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