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West Virginia whitewater, Big Beaver Creek

Nicholas county, Craigsville to Gauley River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V+     4.5 miles
  This section of Big Beaver Creek in Nicholas County is 4.5 miles long and is a class IV-V+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. The put-in is not too far from Oak Hill, if you're not familiar with the area
    there's a road map further down the page. This is a pretty decent length section, it's perfect for a one day trip. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come
because it is a very popular destination. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling places. The Craigsville to Gauley River section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. The wonderful  
West Virginia scenery and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile.

Briefly about the general area:
Go for a hike on the Perry Ridge Trail; if you're stopping by from Calvin, you won't be the only one. Good hiking is available along the Harris Siding Trail. A good deal of rain falls at Big Beaver Creek. Most of the rain falls through July; January is when it's the driest. Summertime at Big Beaver Creek comes with high temperatures in the 80's. For the duration of the dark hours of summer temperatures descend down into the 60's. During the winter highs are regularly in the 40's while the cold winter nights at Big Beaver Creek are in the 20's.

Big Beaver Creek, Craigsville to Gauley River 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 Big Beaver Creek.
 Whitewater Near Big Beaver Creek:
Big Beaver Creek, Nicholas County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4.5 miles long (Craigsville to Gauley River)
Gauley River, Nicholas County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 8.4 miles long (Curtin Bridge to confluence with Big Beaver Creek)
Panther Creek, Nicholas County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.3 miles long (Confluence with Jim's Branch to confluence with Gauley River)
Gauley River, Webster/Nicholas County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 9.8 miles long (Camden-0n-Gauley to Curtin Bridge)
Hominy Creek, Nicholas County, 9 miles away
      Class II-IV - 12 miles long (Hominy Falls to Mt. Nebo)
Birch River, Webster/Nicholas County, 9 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 8.8 miles long (Boggs to Birch River)
Muddlety Creek, Nicholas County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.5 miles long (West Virginia 41 to Summersville Lake)
Little Birch River, Braxton County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 3.6 miles long (US 19 to confluence of Birch River)
Laurel Creek - Cherry Tributary, Nicholas County, 10 miles away
      Class III+(V) - 5.3 miles long (Jetsville to Fenwick)
Brushy Meadow Creek, Nicholas County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 1.5 miles long (Falls at Leivasy to confluence with Hominy Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Big Beaver Creek:
Winterplace, West Virginia , 49 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 49 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 60 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 95 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 98 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
 Marinas Near Big Beaver Creek:
Summersville Lake Marina, Summersville , 11 miles away
Bee Run Docks, Sutton , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Big Beaver Creek:
Hampton Inn Summersville, Summersville , 9 miles away
Sleep Inn Summersville, Summersville , 10 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Summersville, Summersville , 10 miles away
Super 8 Summersville, Summersville , 10 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Summersville, Summersville , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Beaver Creek:
Summersville Music Park Campground, Summersville, 5 miles away
Camp Caesar, Cowen, 11 miles away
Big Rock Campground, Nicholas County, 12 miles away
 Trails Near Big Beaver Creek:
Perry Ridge Trail, Nicholas , 8 miles away
Harris Siding Trail, Nicholas , 8 miles away
Hinkle Branch Trail, Nicholas , 10 miles away
Cranberry Ridge Trail, Webster , 13 miles away
Adkin Rockhouse Trail, Webster , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Beaver Creek:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 39 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 39 miles away
Babcock State Park, West Virginia , 27 miles away
Hawks Nest State Park, West Virginia , 31 miles away
Holly River State Park, West Virginia , 32 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Beaver Creek
Summersville Lake, Nicholas , 15 miles away
Sutton Lake, Braxton , 19 miles away

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