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West Virginia whitewater, Elk River - Back Fork

Webster county, Confluence of Sugar Creek to Big Sycamore section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV     4.6 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Clarksburg, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in West Virginia are often more forgiving than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature are sure to keep you coming
    back for more. The wonderful West Virginia scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Elk River - Back Fork have people coming here. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. This is not
the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. The Confluence of Sugar Creek to Big Sycamore stretch of Elk River - Back Fork is 4.6 miles long and has been rated as a class II-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.

Briefly about the general area:
Elk River - Back Fork is a place with many visitors from Webster Springs, and going for a hike along the Tramontane Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this vicinity. Richard D Pyles Spring is always fun to check out, and if the weather is splendid, you can go for a hike along the Wilderness Trail. This is a really good river. Holly River State Park is a pleasant place to stretch your legs a bit. For the period of the warmest time of the year, highs typically are in the 80's at Elk River - Back Fork.

Elk River - Back Fork, Confluence of Sugar Creek to Big Sycamore 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 - Back Fork.
 Whitewater Near Elk River - Back Fork:
Elk River - Back Fork, Webster County, 2 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.6 miles long (Confluence of Sugar Creek to Big Sycamore)
Elk River - Back Fork, Webster County, 2 miles away
      Class II+ - 5.8 miles long (Big Sycamore to Webster Springs)
Sugar Creek, Webster County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 1.8 miles long (Confluence of Little Sugar Creek to confluence of Back Fork of Elk)
Elk River, Webster County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 11.6 miles long (Bergoo to Webster Springs)
Elk River, Webster County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 17.3 miles long (Webster Springs to CR7)
Holly River - Right Fork, Webster/Braxton County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 14.8 miles long (Confluence of Grassy Creek to confluence of Left Fork)
Holly River - Right Fork, Webster County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.5 miles long (Jumbo to confluence of Grassy Creek)
Gauley River, Webster County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.3 miles long (Confluence with Turkey Fork to Bolair)
Leatherwood Creek, Webster County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.3 miles long (Forks of creek to Bergoo)
Holly River - Left Fork, Webster County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 10.3 miles long (Hacker Valley to Mill Dam)
 Ski Areas Near Elk River - Back Fork:
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 26 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 45 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 68 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 71 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 74 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 87 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Elk River - Back Fork:
Days Inn & Suites Sutton Flatwoods, Sutton , 24 miles away
Hampton Inn Buckhannon, Buckhannon , 24 miles away
Serenity Now, Snowshoe , 26 miles away
The Bicentennial Inn, Buckhannon , 26 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Buckhannon, Buckhannon , 27 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Elk River - Back Fork:
Holly River State Park, Hacker Valley, 8 miles away
Williams River RUA Site D2, Bergoo, 13 miles away
Tea Creek Campground, Pocahontas County, 13 miles away
 Trails Near Elk River - Back Fork:
Tramontane Trail, Webster , 7 miles away
Wilderness Trail, Webster , 7 miles away
Salt Lick Trail, Webster , 7 miles away
High Rock Trail, Webster , 8 miles away
Reverie Trail, Webster , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Elk River - Back Fork:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 66 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 66 miles away
Holly River State Park, West Virginia , 8 miles away
Watoga State Park, West Virginia , 27 miles away
Cass Railroad State Park, West Virginia , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Elk River - Back Fork:
Mountain View Golf Course, Webster Springs , 5 miles away

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