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West Virginia whitewater, Gandy Creek

Randolph county, Sinks outlet to Cheat River Dry Fork section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III     13.6 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Morgantown, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This section of Gandy Creek in West Virginia is 13.6 miles long and has been rated as a class III section by American Whitewater. The scenic beauty of Randolph County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will
    have you coming back for more. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in West Virginia is often easier than elsewhere, so keep in mind that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. You might be into whitewater rafting
or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you'll find a large number of good spots. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Sinks outlet to Cheat River Dry Fork stretch is one of them. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. If you hurry you can  
run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag.

Briefly about the general area:
There are splendid places to explore along the Bee Trail, and Ray Mullennex Spring is an inspiring site to explore during your stay. Don't leave Gandy Creek without first going for a hike along the Elza Trail. A spree to Gandy Creek wouldn't be complete without taking a look at Mary Elza Spring. You're sure to stumble upon some wonderful folks from Whitmer here, and you could always look at Little Low Place. Gandy Creek is a wet place that gets a large amount of precipitation.

Gandy Creek, Sinks outlet to Cheat River Dry Fork 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 Gandy Creek.
 Whitewater Near Gandy Creek:
Gandy Creek, Randolph County, 2 miles away
      Class III - 13.6 miles long (Sinks outlet to Cheat River Dry Fork)
Cheat River - Dry Fork, Randolph County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 2 miles long (2 miles above confluence of Gandy Creek to Gandy Creek)
Cheat River - Dry Fork, Randolph County, 2 miles away
      Class I-III - 12 miles long (Confluence of Gandy Creek to CR 32/4 bridge over Dry Fork)
Cheat River - Dry Fork, Randolph Tucker County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (CR 32/4 to Jenningston)
Seneca Creek, Pendleton County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 13 miles long (Judy Springs to Forest Service Campground)
Waites Run, Pendleton County, 5 miles away
      Class IV - 1.8 miles long (Up Forest Service Road to Seneca Creek)
Cheat River - Laurel Fork, Randolph/ Tucker County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 13 miles long (US 33 Bridge to Cheat River Dry Fork)
Cheat River - Glady Fork, Randolph County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 9.9 miles long (US 33 Bridge to CR 12 bridge Close to Sully)
Seneca Creek, Pendleton County, 9 miles away
      Class III - 6.2 miles long (Forest Service Campground to Route 28)
Cheat River - Glady Fork, Randolph County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 12.6 miles long (Glady to US 33 Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Gandy Creek:
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 16 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 18 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 35 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 44 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 49 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 56 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 60 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 64 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 69 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 72 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Hotels Near Gandy Creek:
Hampton Inn Elkins, Elkins , 19 miles away
Super 8 Elkins, Elkins , 20 miles away
Iron Road Inn, Elkins , 20 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites ELKINS, Elkins , 20 miles away
Montvallee Motel, Monterey , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Gandy Creek:
Swallow Rock Campground, Randolph County, 2 miles away
Gatewood Group Campground, Randolph County, 4 miles away
Spruce Knob Lake Campground, Randolph County, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Gandy Creek:
Bee Trail, Randolph , 2 miles away
Elza Trail, Randolph , 2 miles away
North Fork Big Run Trail, Randolph , 3 miles away
Swallow Rock Trail, Randolph , 3 miles away
Big Run Trail, Randolph , 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Gandy Creek:
Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia , 18 miles away
Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia , 19 miles away
Seneca State Forest, West Virginia , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Gandy Creek:
Golf Holly Meadows Golf Course, Parsons , 18 miles away

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