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West Virginia whitewater, Pipestem Creek

Summers county, Tom Honaker Road to Bluestone Lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III(IV)     3 miles
  This stretch of Pipestem Creek is 3 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III(IV) section. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Beckley, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling
    places. The Tom Honaker Road to Bluestone Lake stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better
reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This is a pretty short section so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. The average West Virginia whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so better not forget that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. The beautiful scenery of Summers County and the cool fresh water will make you feel great. For all you  
camping people there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
Everybody nearby loves skiing at Winterplace, and there are plenty of people from Nimitz here. Don't leave Pipestem Creek without visiting Little Beaver State Park; Bluestone State Park is a pleasant site to go. This river is so wonderful. Pipestem Creek regularly gets a large amount of precipitation. Most of the rain falls during July; the driest month of the year is February. Summertime highs at Pipestem Creek commonly tend to be in the 80's. Summer nighttime lows plunge down to the 50's. The wintertime brings highs down to the 30's with temperatures at Pipestem Creek dipping down into the 10's through winter nights.

Pipestem Creek, Tom Honaker Road to Bluestone Lake 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 Pipestem Creek.
 Whitewater Near Pipestem Creek:
Pipestem Creek, Summers County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 3 miles long (Tom Honaker Road to Bluestone Lake)
New River, Summers/ Fayette/ Raleigh County, 4 miles away
      Class I-III(IV) - 11 miles long (Bluestone Dam to Sandstone)
Little Bluestone River & Tributaries, Summers County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 2.2 miles long (Cr 27 bridge to Bluestone River)
Madams Creek, Summers County, 5 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 2 miles long (Madams Creek Road to New River)
Little Wolf Creek, Summers County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 2.5 miles long (CR 14 Bridge to Greenbrier River)
Pinch Creek - Glade Creek Tributary, Raleigh County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.2 miles long (Pluto to confluence with Glade Creek)
Greenbrier River, Summers County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 5.5 miles long (Willowood bridge to Bellepoint)
Fall Branch, Raleigh County, 9 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1.5 miles long (ATV trail to River Road on New River above Sandstone falls)
Mountain Creek, Mercer County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.1 miles long (CR 4 bridge to Bluestone River)
Big Creek, Summers County, 9 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.5 miles long (CR 10 bridge to Greenbrier River)
 Ski Areas Near Pipestem Creek:
Winterplace, West Virginia , 14 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 76 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 79 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 93 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Pipestem Creek:
Resort At Glade Springs, Daniels , 12 miles away
Knights Inn Ghent, Ghent , 13 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Princeton, WV, Princeton , 15 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Princeton, Princeton , 15 miles away
Sleep Inn & Suites, Princeton , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Pipestem Creek:
Bluestone State Park, Nimitz, 2 miles away
Bluestone Wildlife Management Area - Bull Falls, Pipestem, 3 miles away
Bluestone Wildlife Management Area - Bertha, Forest Hill, 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Pipestem Creek:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 24 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 24 miles away
Bluestone State Park, West Virginia , 2 miles away
Little Beaver State Park, West Virginia , 14 miles away
Camp Creek State Park, West Virginia , 16 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Pipestem Creek:
Willow Wood Country Club, Hinton , 5 miles away
Glade Springs Village Golf, Daniels , 12 miles away
Glade Springs Hotel & Conference Resort, Daniels , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Pipestem Creek
Little Beaver Lake, Raleigh , 14 miles away
Lake Shawnee, Mercer , 18 miles away

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