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West Virginia whitewater, Leatherwood Creek

Clay county, Confluence of right fork to Confluence of Elk River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II(III)     4.5 miles
  The Confluence of right fork to Confluence of Elk River stretch of Leatherwood Creek in Clay County is 4.5 miles long and it is classified as a class I-II(III) section by American Whitewater. The average West Virginia whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so don't forget that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. On this section you do get some distance, it's good length
    for a morning trip. If you're coming from Oak Hill it's not a long drive at all to the starting location. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people. This is the
only paddling stretch along Leatherwood Creek. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. The wonderful Clay County scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile.  
There's camping available near Leatherwood Creek.

Briefly about the general area:
A tour to Hawks Nest State Park when you're here at Leatherwood Creek is a wonderful idea, and you could always discover Cannel Coal Hollow. Hiking along the Carnifex Trail is glorious fun, and at Leatherwood Creek you always meet someone from Bickmore. The surroundings of this river have so much to offer. Leatherwood Creek is right by the Way Back Trail. Leatherwood Creek is a rather wet place mostly with much rain. The month of July is the wettest with most of the rain, and the driest month of the year is February.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Leatherwood Creek.
 Whitewater Near Leatherwood Creek:
Buffalo Creek - Elk Tributary, Clay County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 4.7 miles long (Confluence with Taylor Creek to Swandale)
Peters Creek, Nicholas County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III+(V+) - 2.5 miles long (County 22 bridge to mouth)
Gauley River, Nicholas/Fayette County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 11 miles long (Bucklick Branch to Swiss)
Gauley River, Nicholas/Fayette County, 11 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 5.5 miles long (Mason Branch to Bucklick Branch)
Mill Creek - New River Tributary, Fayette County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2 miles long (Ansted to confluence of New River)
New River, Fayette County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 6 miles long (Hawks Nest Dam to Gauley Bridge)
Laurel Creek - New River Tributary, Fayette County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 1.5 miles long (Beckwith to Cotton Hill)
Mill Creek - New River Tributary, Fayette County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Hopewell Road bridge to Ansted)
Whitewater Outfitter - Wildwater Expeditions, Fayette County, 15 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Class VI - Mountain River, Fayette County, 16 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Leatherwood Creek:
Winterplace, West Virginia , 41 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 77 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 88 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Marinas Near Leatherwood Creek:
Summersville Lake Marina, Summersville , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Leatherwood Creek:
The Morris Harvey House, Fayetteville , 17 miles away
Quality Inn New River Gorge, Fayetteville , 17 miles away
Comfort Inn New River, Oak Hill , 19 miles away
Econo Lodge Summersville, Summersville , 19 miles away
Super 8 Summersville, Summersville , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Leatherwood Creek:
Tawney Farm, Summersville, 10 miles away
Madd Jack's Campground, Ramsey, 11 miles away
New River Campground, Gauley Bridge, 12 miles away
 Trails Near Leatherwood Creek:
Way Back Trail, Nicholas , 9 miles away
Carnifex Trail, Nicholas , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Leatherwood Creek:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 25 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 25 miles away
Hawks Nest State Park, West Virginia , 13 miles away
Babcock State Park, West Virginia , 22 miles away
Little Beaver State Park, West Virginia , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Leatherwood Creek:
Hawks Nest Golf Course, Gauley Bridge , 12 miles away
Bridge Haven Golf Club, Fayetteville , 16 miles away
Sandy Brae Golf Course, Clendenin , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Leatherwood Creek
Summersville Lake, Nicholas , 16 miles away

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