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West Virginia whitewater, Horseshoe Run

Tucker county, Shafer to Bridge above St. George section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     9 miles
  The wonderful West Virginia scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Horseshoe Run attract people from near and far. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in West Virginia tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so keep in mind that rivers in this state are less demanding. The Shafer to Bridge above St. George stretch of Horseshoe Run in Tucker County is 9 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be
    a class I-III section. This stretch has has enough mileage, suitable for an afternoon trip. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come. There are some good sections to paddle
in this river system, the Shafer to Bridge above St. George section is one of them. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The put-in is not too far from Morgantown, as you can see on the road map further down.

Briefly about the general area:
Horseshoe Run
is close to Blackwater Falls State Park which is a charming place, and lots of people from Hambleton come here. Hiking is a popular thing to do around Horseshoe Run; Flat Rock Trail is a glorious local trail. There's fine hiking along the Canyon Rim Trail. Horseshoe Run sees pretty high levels of rain. Of all the months in a year July is the one with the most rain, and February meanwhile is the driest month. Through the months of summer, highs regularly are in the 80's at Horseshoe Run. During the moonlight hours it's typically in the 50's. All through the winter this place gets highs in the 30's; night lows through the wintertime for Horseshoe Run tend to be in the 10's.

Horseshoe Run, Shafer to Bridge above St. George road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Horseshoe Run.
 Whitewater Near Horseshoe Run:
Horseshoe Run, Tucker County, 4 miles away
      Class I-III - 9 miles long (Shafer to Bridge above St. George)
Cheat River - Black Fork, Tucker County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Confluence of Blackwater River and Dry Fork at Hendricks to confluence of Shavers Fork)
Blackwater River, Tucker County, 7 miles away
      Class III-V - 7 miles long (North Fork Confluence to Hendricks)
Otter Creek, Tucker County, 8 miles away
      Class IV - 2.6 miles long (Big Springs Gap to Cheat River)
Blackwater River - North Fork, Tucker County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.9 miles long (Rt. 219 to confluence with Blackwater River)
Red Run, Tucker County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 4 miles long (Ford at FS 13 road to confluence of Dry Fork)
Buffalo Creek, Preston County, 10 miles away
      Class III - 4.9 miles long (West Virginia 72 to Macomber)
Cheat River, Preston County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Below Rowlesburg to above Albright Power Dam)
Blackwater River, Tucker County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2.4 miles long (Blackwater Falls to North Fork Confluence)
Beaver Creek, Tucker County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 11 miles long (Headwaters along Route 93 to Blackwater River)
 Ski Areas Near Horseshoe Run:
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 16 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 17 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 26 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 49 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 50 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 53 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 61 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 62 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 68 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Boyce Park, Pennsylvania , 69 miles away, 180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Horseshoe Run:
The Preston County Inn, Kingwood , 16 miles away
Hyatt Place Baltimore/Owings Mills, Owings Mills , 16 miles away
Iron Road Inn, Elkins , 21 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites ELKINS, Elkins , 22 miles away
Homestead Inn, Reedsville , 22 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Horseshoe Run:
Horseshoe, Hambleton, 1 miles away
Five River Campgrounds, Parsons, 7 miles away
Blackwater Falls State Park, Thomas, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Horseshoe Run:
Canyon Rim Trail, Tucker , 5 miles away
Flat Rock Trail, Tucker , 5 miles away
Limerock Trail, Tucker , 6 miles away
Boundary Trail, Tucker , 6 miles away
Bennet Rock Trail, Tucker , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Horseshoe Run:
Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia , 9 miles away
Tygart Lake State Park, West Virginia , 28 miles away
Audra State Park, West Virginia , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Horseshoe Run:
Golf Holly Meadows Golf Course, Parsons , 7 miles away
Oakland Golf Club, Oakland , 19 miles away

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