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West Virginia whitewater, Cherry River

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

 

CLASS II-III     9 miles
  The Watergate Inn to Gauley River stretch of Cherry River is 9 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The wonderful Nicholas County scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream beats anything. If you're coming from Oak Hill it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This section
    is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, you can easily run it on an afternoon. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling spots.
There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in West Virginia is often easier than elsewhere, so better not forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors will  
have you coming back for more. The Watergate Inn to Gauley River section is one of many paddling sections in this river system.

Briefly about the general area:
There is a great hiking trail in the neighborhood of Cherry River called the Perry Ridge Trail, and during your spree here you'll meet some people from Fenwick for sure. Going for a hike on the Harris Siding Trail is always a wonderful adventure. Cherry River gets a large amount of water. For the period of the month of July you get the most rain around here, and the driest of the months is January. Throughout the summer highs here at Cherry River reach the 80's.

Cherry River, Watergate Inn 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 Cherry River.
 Whitewater Near Cherry River:
Cherry River, Nicholas County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (Watergate Inn 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)
Laurel Creek - Cherry Tributary, Nicholas County, 5 miles away
      Class III+(V) - 5.3 miles long (Jetsville to Fenwick)
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, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 9.8 miles long (Camden-0n-Gauley to Curtin Bridge)
Little Laurel Creek, Greenbrier/Nicholas County, 6 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5.1 miles long (CR39/11 to confluence with Cherry River)
Big Beaver Creek, Nicholas County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4.5 miles long (Craigsville to Gauley River)
Cranberry River, Nicholas County, 7 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7 miles long (Big Rock Camping Area to Gauley River)
Elk River, Randolph/Webster County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 11.8 miles long (Elk Springs to Bergoo)
Gauley River, Webster County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 10.5 miles long (Donaldson to Camden-on-Gauley)
 Ski Areas Near Cherry River:
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 43 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 51 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 53 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 90 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 93 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
 Marinas Near Cherry River:
Summersville Lake Marina, Summersville , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Cherry River:
Hampton Inn Summersville, Summersville , 16 miles away
Sleep Inn Summersville, Summersville , 16 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Summersville, Summersville , 16 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Summersville, Summersville , 17 miles away
Super 8 Summersville, Summersville , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cherry River:
Big Rock Campground, Nicholas County, 5 miles away
Bishop Knob, Upperglade, 9 miles away
Cranberry River Dispersed, Upperglade, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Cherry River:
Perry Ridge Trail, Nicholas , 3 miles away
Harris Siding Trail, Nicholas , 4 miles away
Hinkle Branch Trail, Nicholas , 4 miles away
Barrenshe Trail, Nicholas , 7 miles away
Cranberry Ridge Trail, Webster , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cherry River:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 43 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 43 miles away
Holly River State Park, West Virginia , 30 miles away
Babcock State Park, West Virginia , 30 miles away
Watoga State Park, West Virginia , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cherry River:
Mountain View Golf Course, Webster Springs , 18 miles away

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