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West Virginia whitewater, Elk River

Webster county, Bergoo to Webster Springs section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III(IV)     11.6 miles
  The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers in this state are less demanding. The starting point is not too far from Clarksburg, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you'll
    find a large number of good rivers. The natural beauty of Webster County and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. This section of Elk River in West Virginia is 11.6 miles long and it is classified as a class
II-III(IV) section by American Whitewater. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Bergoo to Webster Springs section is just one of many. This section has enough mileage for an overnight  
trip, so go ahead and pack your camping stuff.

Briefly about the general area:
Put some time aside to spend at Gwen Wyatt Spring since you're here at Elk River. Holly River State Park is a delightful site to stop by on a gorgeous day; Richard D Pyles Spring is a pleasant local attraction. This river is so good. Good hiking is available along the Turkey Mountain Trail; you'll most likely meet some folks from Webster Springs here. There's magnificent hiking along the Twin Branch Trail. Elk River commonly gets a good deal of precipitation. Of all the months in a year July is the one with the most rain, and February meanwhile is the driest month.

Elk River, Bergoo to Webster Springs 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 Elk River.
 Whitewater Near Elk River:
Elk River - Back Fork, Webster County, 2 miles away
      Class II+ - 5.8 miles long (Big Sycamore to Webster Springs)
Gauley River, Webster County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.3 miles long (Confluence with Turkey Fork to Bolair)
Elk River, Webster County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 11.6 miles long (Bergoo to Webster Springs)
Elk River, Webster County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 17.3 miles long (Webster Springs to CR7)
Elk River - Back Fork, Webster County, 4 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.6 miles long (Confluence of Sugar Creek to Big Sycamore)
Sugar Creek, Webster County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 1.8 miles long (Confluence of Little Sugar Creek to confluence of Back Fork of Elk)
Gauley River, Webster County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (Bolair to Donaldson)
Grassy Creek, Webster County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.5 miles long (Orndoff Church to confluence with Right Fork of Holly River Close to Diana)
Leatherwood Creek, Webster County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.3 miles long (Forks of creek to Bergoo)
Holly River - Right Fork, Webster/Braxton County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 14.8 miles long (Confluence of Grassy Creek to confluence of Left Fork)
 Ski Areas Near Elk River:
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 26 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 44 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 70 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 71 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 73 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 90 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Elk River:
Days Inn & Suites Sutton Flatwoods, Sutton , 24 miles away
Serenity Now, Snowshoe , 26 miles away
Hampton Inn Buckhannon, Buckhannon , 27 miles away
The Bicentennial Inn, Buckhannon , 29 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Gassaway/Sutton, Gassaway , 29 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Elk River:
Holly River State Park, Hacker Valley, 10 miles away
Cranberry Campground, Webster County, 10 miles away
Williams River RUA Site D2, Bergoo, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Elk River:
Turkey Mountain Trail, Webster , 6 miles away
Twin Branch Trail, Webster , 6 miles away
County Line Trail, Pocahontas , 9 miles away
Little Fork Trail, Webster , 9 miles away
Tramontane Trail, Webster , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Elk River:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 64 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 64 miles away
Holly River State Park, West Virginia , 11 miles away
Watoga State Park, West Virginia , 25 miles away
Cass Railroad State Park, West Virginia , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Elk River:
Mountain View Golf Course, Webster Springs , 4 miles away

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