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West Virginia whitewater, New River

Fayette Raleigh county, McCreery to Thurmond section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     15 miles
  This stretch of New River is 15 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The beautiful scenery of Fayette/Raleigh County and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then
    no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so pack your camping stuff. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system
that can be paddled as well. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. The starting point is not too far from Oak Hill, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that.

Briefly about the general area:
People
 
from Prince love to come to New River, and when you're here it's always fun to stop at Little Beaver State Park. If time allows, Bluestone National Scenic River is a national park worth stopping at. Babcock State Park is a magnificent place to stretch your legs a bit. For the period of the days of summer highs here at New River get into the 80's; the nighttime is a tad cooler of course, usually in the 60's. The winter brings highs down to the 40's with winter lows in the 20's overnight here at New River. All the water falling down from the sky makes New River a wet location. Most of the rain falls through July; the driest month of the year is February.

New River, McCreery to Thurmond road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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Detailed Map


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Stats for this river stretch


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Local weather forecast


OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near New River.
 Whitewater Near New River:
New River, Fayette/Raleigh County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 15 miles long (McCreery to Thurmond)
New River, -blank- County, 3 miles away
      Class I-III - 7 miles long (Thurmond to Cunard)
New River, Fayette County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 6.5 miles long (Cunard to Fayette Station)
Dunloup Creek, Fayette County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Harvey to New River at Thurmond)
Arbuckle Creek, Fayette County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.7 miles long (Oak Hill to New)
Whitewater Outfitter - River Expeditions, Fayette County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Glade Creek - New River Tributary, Raleigh County, 8 miles away
      Class IV - 5.5 miles long (Confluence with Pinch Creek to confluence with New River)
Wolf Creek, Fayette County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 2.1 miles long (Reservoir to New River)
Keeney's Creek, Fayette County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.75 miles long (to New River)
Piney Creek, Raleigh County, 9 miles away
      Class III-V - 12 miles long (Beckley to McCreery)
 Ski Areas Near New River:
Winterplace, West Virginia , 17 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 81 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 84 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near New River:
Holiday Lodge, Oak Hill , 6 miles away
Comfort Inn New River, Oak Hill , 7 miles away
Sleep Inn Beaver- Beckley, Beaver , 8 miles away
Days Inn Mount Hope, Mount Hope , 8 miles away
The Morris Harvey House, Fayetteville , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near New River:
New River Gorge National River- Army Camp, Terry, 3 miles away
New River Gorge National River- Grandview Sandbar, Prince, 3 miles away
ACE Adventure Center, Minden, 5 miles away
 Trails Near New River:
Carnifex Trail, Nicholas , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near New River:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 5 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 5 miles away
Little Beaver State Park, West Virginia , 8 miles away
Babcock State Park, West Virginia , 9 miles away
Hawks Nest State Park, West Virginia , 12 miles away
 Golf Courses Near New River:
Grandview Country Club, Beaver , 7 miles away
Beaver Creek Golf Club, Beaver , 8 miles away
Bridge Haven Golf Club, Fayetteville , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near New River
Little Beaver Lake, Raleigh , 8 miles away
Plum Orchard Lake, Fayette , 10 miles away
Stephens Lake, Raleigh , 16 miles away

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