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Virginia whitewater, Back Creek - Potomac Tributary

Frederick county, Route 50 to Dehaven section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I     12 miles
 
We kayaked Back Creek from Route 50 to just before 522. Took several hours and was over 14 miles. It had rained hard 2 days before our early June outing. There was enough water that we did not have to walk much. It was perfect for my 7yo daughter and 13 year old son and their friends who had never kayaked, other than on a lake. There is barbed wire crossing the creek in 3 areas along our paddle. We did not find a great spot to get out at. Says
    Jim A

The nature scenery of Frederick County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water have people coming here. The put-in location is a short drive from Winchester, as you can see on the road map further down.
The Route 50 to Dehaven stretch of Back Creek - Potomac Tributary is 12 miles long and it is classified as a class I section by American Whitewater. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. This section has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so pack your camp stove. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state  
tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.

Briefly about the general area:
On a splendid day at Back Creek - Potomac Tributary you can take a hike along the Old Romney Grade, and Cacapon State Park is both good and pretty.

Back Creek - Potomac Tributary, Route 50 to Dehaven 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 Back Creek - Potomac Tributary.
 Whitewater Near Back Creek - Potomac Tributary:
Back Creek - Potomac Tributary, Frederick County, 5 miles away
      Class I - 12 miles long (Route 50 to Dehaven)
Back Creek - Potomac Tributary, Frederick County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Route 704 bridge to Route 50)
Cacapon River, Hampshire County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 12.6 miles long (US 50 at Capon Bridge to West Virginia 127 Bridge)
Sleepy Creek - Meadow Branch, Berkeley/ Morgan County, 14 miles away
      Class II-V - 9.9 miles long (Sleepy Creek Dam to CR9)
Sleepy Creek, Morgan County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 12.3 miles long (CR 13 to CR 9)
Cedar Creek, Shenandoah/ Frederick County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 20 miles long (Route 55 to Route 11)
Sleepy Creek, Morgan County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.7 miles long (CR 9 to Potomac confluence)
Back Creek, Berkeley County, 21 miles away
      Class II(III) - 8 miles long (West Virginia 9 to McCoy's Ferry)
Passage Creek, Warren County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Elizabeth Furnance to Waterlick)
Cedar Creek, Shenandoah / Frederick County, 22 miles away
      Class II - 9 miles long (Above Route 55)
 Ski Areas Near Back Creek - Potomac Tributary:
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 44 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 57 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 60 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 65 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 78 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 78 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 80 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 80 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 82 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 83 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
 Hotels Near Back Creek - Potomac Tributary:
Courtyard Winchester Medical Center, Winchester , 7 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites WINCHESTER, Winchester , 7 miles away
The George Washington A Wyndham Grand Hotel, Winchester , 9 miles away
Comfort Inn Winchester, Winchester , 9 miles away
Econo Lodge North, Winchester , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Back Creek - Potomac Tributary:
Log Cabin Campground, Winchester, 4 miles away
Candy Hill Campground, Winchester, 7 miles away
Cove Campgrounds, Gore, 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Back Creek - Potomac Tributary:
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Harpers Ferry - WV , 33 miles away
Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, McLean - VA , 33 miles away
Cacapon State Park, West Virginia , 11 miles away
Shenandoah River Andy Guest State Park, Virginia , 25 miles away
Sky Meadows State Park, Virginia , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Back Creek - Potomac Tributary:
The Woods Resort & Conference Center, Hedgesville , 16 miles away
Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Club, Front Royal , 18 miles away
Bowling Green Country Club, Front Royal , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Back Creek - Potomac Tributary
Sleepy Creek Lake, Berkeley , 12 miles away
Lakeside Lake, Frederick , 12 miles away
Lake Frederick, Frederick , 16 miles away

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