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West Virginia whitewater, Potomac River - Laurel Fork of North Fork of South Branch

Highland VA: Pendleton WV county, State line to confluence of Straight Fork section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     1.5 miles
  The wonderful West Virginia scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. The State line to confluence of Straight Fork section of Potomac River - Laurel Fork of North Fork of South Branch in Highland VA: Pendleton WV County is 1.5 miles long and is a class III-IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The campgrounds here at Potomac River - Laurel Fork of North Fork of South
    Branch are pretty good. The starting location is a short drive from Staunton-Waynesboro. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots for that. This river system is full of great paddling
sections, the State line to confluence of Straight Fork section is just one of them. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This is a somewhat short section so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. Whitewater rafting and kayaking  
spots in West Virginia tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers in this state are less demanding.

Briefly about the general area:
There is a fine hiking trail in the neighborhood of Potomac River - Laurel Fork of North Fork of South Branch called the Laurel Fork Trail, and Potomac River - Laurel Fork of North Fork of South Branch is not far at all from Blue Grass. The Christian Run Trail is a great hiking trail near Potomac River - Laurel Fork of North Fork of South Branch. A lot of rainfall falls at Potomac River - Laurel Fork of North Fork of South Branch.

   

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These outdoors activities are available near Potomac River - Laurel Fork of North Fork of South Branch.
 Whitewater Near Potomac River - Laurel Fork of North Fork of South Branch:
Potomac River - South Branch, Highland County, 0 miles away
      Class I-II - 1 miles long (Confluence of Straight Creek to state line)
Roaring Creek, Preston County, 2 miles away
      Class IV - 6.1 miles long (County Road 3-12 to Cheat River)
Laurel Fork, Highland VA : Pendleton WV County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 9.5 miles long (Route 642 to Virginia/West Virginia State line)
Big Run River, Pendleton County, 6 miles away
      Class II+ - 3.7 miles long (Confluence with Teeter Camp Run to Cherry Grove)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Pendleton County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.3 miles long (Confluence of Laurel Fork and Straight Fork to Cherry Grove)
Greenbrier River - East Fork, Pocahontas County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.1 miles long (FS 51 to Island Campground)
Potomac River - South Branch, Highland VA/ Pendleton WV County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.4 miles long (state line to CR 23)
Greenbrier River - East Fork, Pocahontas County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.9 miles long (Island Campground to confluence with West Fork at Durbin)
Little River, Pocahontas County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 3 miles long (FS 17 to Burner)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Pendleton County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 9.8 miles long (Cherry Grove to Riverton)
 Ski Areas Near Potomac River - Laurel Fork of North Fork of South Branch:
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 27 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 28 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 31 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 36 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 56 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 58 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 59 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 60 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 83 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 86 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Hotels Near Potomac River - Laurel Fork of North Fork of South Branch:
Montvallee Motel, Monterey , 7 miles away
Super 8 Elkins, Elkins , 25 miles away
Hampton Inn Elkins, Elkins , 26 miles away
Serenity Now, Snowshoe , 27 miles away
Iron Road Inn, Elkins , 27 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Potomac River - Laurel Fork of North Fork of South Branch:
Buffalo Lake Dispersed, Bartow, 7 miles away
Island Campground, Pocahontas County, 8 miles away
Bear Mountain Farm and Wilderness Retreat, Hightown, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Potomac River - Laurel Fork of North Fork of South Branch:
Christian Run Trail, Highland , 1 miles away
Laurel Fork Trail, Highland , 2 miles away
Middle Mountain Trail, Highland , 2 miles away
Locust Spring Run Trail, Highland , 3 miles away
Big Mountain Trail, Pendleton , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Potomac River - Laurel Fork of North Fork of South Branch:
Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia , 17 miles away
Seneca State Forest, West Virginia , 19 miles away
Cass Railroad State Park, West Virginia , 23 miles away

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