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West Virginia whitewater, Cherry River - South Fork

Nicholas Greenbrier county, Beech Lick Run to Richwood section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III+     6 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Nicholas/Greenbrier County and the water flowing gracefully down Cherry River - South Fork attract people from near and far. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so if you're not from around here don't forget that the rivers in this state are less demanding. This stretch of Cherry River - South Fork in Nicholas/Greenbrier County is 6 miles long and has
    been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-III+ section. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good spots for that around here. This stretch has has enough mileage, suitable for an
afternoon trip. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Beech Lick Run to Richwood section is just one of many. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Oak Hill, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. 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. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while have people coming from far and near.

Briefly about the general area:
There's great hiking along the Fork Mountain Trail, and you'll meet a lot of folks from Richwood here. Good hiking is available along the Barrenshe Trail. At Cherry River - South Fork during the warm days of summer highs are in the 80's. Through the moonlight hours it's generally in the 60's. Through the winter highs are in the 40's; nighttime lows at Cherry River - South Fork through the winter generally drop into the 20's.

Cherry River - South Fork, Beech Lick Run to Richwood 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 - South Fork.
 Whitewater Near Cherry River - South Fork:
Little Laurel Creek, Greenbrier/Nicholas County, 2 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5.1 miles long (CR39/11 to confluence with Cherry River)
Cherry River - South Fork, Nicholas/Greenbrier County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 6 miles long (Beech Lick Run to Richwood)
Cherry River, Nicholas County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (Watergate Inn to Gauley River)
Cherry River - North Fork, Nicholas/Greenbrier County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 13 miles long (Third West Virginia 39 and 55 Bridge to Richwood)
Elk River, Randolph/Webster County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 11.8 miles long (Elk Springs to Bergoo)
Cranberry River, Nicholas County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7 miles long (Big Rock Camping Area to Gauley River)
Laurel Creek - Cherry Tributary, Nicholas County, 7 miles away
      Class III+(V) - 5.3 miles long (Jetsville to Fenwick)
Spring Creek, Greenbrier County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.4 miles long (Cordova to one mile below confluence of Robbins Run)
Gauley River, Webster County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 10.5 miles long (Donaldson to Camden-on-Gauley)
Williams River, Pocahontas/Webster County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 10 miles long (Three Forks of Williams to Gauley River)
 Ski Areas Near Cherry River - South Fork:
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 37 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 , 55 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 86 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 88 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
 Hotels Near Cherry River - South Fork:
Super 8 Lewisburg, Lewisburg , 22 miles away
Quality Inn Lewisburg, Lewisburg , 22 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites LEWISBURG, Lewisburg , 22 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Lewisburg, Lewisburg , 22 miles away
Hampton Inn Lewisburg, Lewisburg , 22 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cherry River - South Fork:
North Bend, Richwood, 4 miles away
Summit Lake Campground, Greenbrier County, 4 miles away
Big Rock Campground, Nicholas County, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Cherry River - South Fork:
Barrenshe Trail, Nicholas , 3 miles away
Fork Mountain Trail, Greenbrier , 3 miles away
Bee Run Trail, Nicholas , 4 miles away
Bear Run Trail, Webster , 6 miles away
Hanging Rock Trail, Webster , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cherry River - South Fork:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 49 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 49 miles away
Watoga State Park, West Virginia , 25 miles away
Greenbrier State Forest, West Virginia , 28 miles away
Holly River State Park, West Virginia , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cherry River - South Fork:
Mountain View Golf Course, Webster Springs , 17 miles away

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