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West Virginia whitewater, Cherry River - North Fork

Nicholas Greenbrier county, Third West Virginia 39 and 55 Bridge to Richwood section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     13 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside West Virginia you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. The starting location is a short drive from Oak Hill, as you can see on the road map further down. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. If you have the time you
    can make this a two day trip, so go ahead and pack your camp stove. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby.
You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The natural beauty of Nicholas/Greenbrier County and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good spots.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave Cherry
 
River - North Fork without first going for a hike along the Fork Mountain Trail. If you're dropping by Cherry River - North Fork from Richwood, you won't be the only one; there are glorious places to look at along the Barrenshe Trail. This river is so perfect. The high level of rainfall makes Cherry River - North Fork a pretty wet place. Through July this area sees the most rain; February is the month with the least moisture. High temperatures at Cherry River - North Fork during the long summer days are in the 80's. Once the sun is down it plunges down to the 60's. Daytime highs during the wintertime are in the 40's, and night lows in the 20's for Cherry River - North Fork.

Cherry River - North Fork, Third West Virginia 39 and 55 Bridge to Richwood road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Cherry River - North Fork.
 Whitewater Near Cherry River - North Fork:
Cherry River - South Fork, Nicholas/Greenbrier County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 6 miles long (Beech Lick Run to Richwood)
Cherry River - North Fork, Nicholas/Greenbrier County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 13 miles long (Third West Virginia 39 and 55 Bridge to Richwood)
Little Laurel Creek, Greenbrier/Nicholas County, 3 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5.1 miles long (CR39/11 to confluence with Cherry River)
Cranberry River, Nicholas County, 4 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7 miles long (Big Rock Camping Area to Gauley River)
Cherry River, Nicholas County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (Watergate Inn to Gauley River)
Elk River, Randolph/Webster County, 6 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)
Laurel Creek - Cherry Tributary, Nicholas County, 9 miles away
      Class III+(V) - 5.3 miles long (Jetsville to Fenwick)
Williams River, Pocahontas/Webster County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 10 miles long (Three Forks of Williams to Gauley River)
Spring Creek, Greenbrier County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.4 miles long (Cordova to one mile below confluence of Robbins Run)
 Ski Areas Near Cherry River - North Fork:
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 36 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 45 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 56 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 84 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 87 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
 Hotels Near Cherry River - North Fork:
Super 8 Lewisburg, Lewisburg , 23 miles away
Quality Inn Lewisburg, Lewisburg , 23 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites LEWISBURG, Lewisburg , 23 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Lewisburg, Lewisburg , 23 miles away
Hampton Inn Lewisburg, Lewisburg , 23 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cherry River - North Fork:
Summit Lake Campground, Greenbrier County, 3 miles away
North Bend, Richwood, 3 miles away
Big Rock Campground, Nicholas County, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Cherry River - North Fork:
Barrenshe Trail, Nicholas , 2 miles away
Fork Mountain Trail, Greenbrier , 3 miles away
Bee Run Trail, Nicholas , 3 miles away
Bear Run Trail, Webster , 5 miles away
Hanging Rock Trail, Webster , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cherry River - North Fork:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 50 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 50 miles away
Watoga State Park, West Virginia , 24 miles away
Holly River State Park, West Virginia , 27 miles away
Greenbrier State Forest, West Virginia , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cherry River - North Fork:
Mountain View Golf Course, Webster Springs , 16 miles away

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