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West Virginia whitewater, Elk River - Back Fork

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

 

CLASS II+     5.8 miles
  This stretch of Elk River - Back Fork in Webster County is 5.8 miles long and is a class II+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. If you're coming from Clarksburg 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. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling places. This is
    a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but
if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The natural beauty of West Virginia and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Big Sycamore to Webster Springs stretch is just one of them. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
There is
 
a great hiking trail close to Elk River - Back Fork called the Twin Branch Trail, and sites like Holly River State Park are perfect to stop by. While you're here at Elk River - Back Fork you will meet lots of folks from close by Webster Springs. The Turkey Mountain Trail is a good hiking trail close to Elk River - Back Fork. The high level of rain makes Elk River - Back Fork a relatively wet site. The month with most of the rain is July, and the driest month of the year is February. Through the summer here at Elk River - Back Fork, high temperatures commonly reach the 80's. Throughout the moonlight hours it's mostly in the 60's.

Elk River - Back Fork, Big Sycamore 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 - Back Fork.
 Whitewater Near Elk River - Back Fork:
Elk River - Back Fork, Webster County, 2 miles away
      Class II+ - 5.8 miles long (Big Sycamore to Webster Springs)
Elk River, Webster County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 17.3 miles long (Webster Springs to CR7)
Gauley River, Webster County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.3 miles long (Confluence with Turkey Fork to Bolair)
Grassy Creek, Webster County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.5 miles long (Orndoff Church to confluence with Right Fork of Holly River Close to Diana)
Gauley River, Webster County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (Bolair to Donaldson)
Holly River - Right Fork, Webster/Braxton County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 14.8 miles long (Confluence of Grassy Creek to confluence of Left Fork)
Holly River - Right Fork, Webster County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.5 miles long (Jumbo to confluence of Grassy Creek)
Elk River - Back Fork, Webster County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.6 miles long (Confluence of Sugar Creek to Big Sycamore)
Elk River, Webster County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 11.6 miles long (Bergoo to Webster Springs)
Sugar Creek, Webster County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 1.8 miles long (Confluence of Little Sugar Creek to confluence of Back Fork of Elk)
 Ski Areas Near Elk River - Back Fork:
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 28 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 46 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 70 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 72 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 74 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 91 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Elk River - Back Fork:
Days Inn & Suites Sutton Flatwoods, Sutton , 22 miles away
Hampton Inn Buckhannon, Buckhannon , 27 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Gassaway/Sutton, Gassaway , 27 miles away
Quality Inn Weston, Weston , 28 miles away
Super 8 Weston WV, Weston , 28 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Elk River - Back Fork:
Holly River State Park, Hacker Valley, 10 miles away
Cranberry Campground, Webster County, 10 miles away
Bishop Knob, Upperglade, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Elk River - Back Fork:
Turkey Mountain Trail, Webster , 7 miles away
Twin Branch Trail, Webster , 7 miles away
Tramontane Trail, Webster , 9 miles away
Salt Lick Trail, Webster , 9 miles away
High Rock Trail, Webster , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Elk River - Back Fork:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 62 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 62 miles away
Holly River State Park, West Virginia , 11 miles away
Watoga State Park, West Virginia , 27 miles away
Cass Railroad State Park, West Virginia , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Elk River - Back Fork:
Mountain View Golf Course, Webster Springs , 2 miles away

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