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West Virginia whitewater, Potomac River - North Branch

Grant Mineral WV Garrett MD county, Gormania to Kitzmiller section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     15 miles
  The starting point is not too far from Cumberland, as you can see on the road map further down. This section of Potomac River - North Branch in West Virginia is 15 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-IV section. The beautiful scenery of West Virginia and the water flowing gracefully down Potomac River - North Branch make the trip here worthwhile. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you
    can camp. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The average West Virginia whitewater rafting or kayaking
river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less demanding. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so pack your camp stove. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well.  
Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good spots.

Briefly about the general area:
Potomac State Forest is a forest close to Potomac River - North Branch that you can go to, and people from Kitzmiller love to come here. Very wonderful scenery and pleasant skiing is what you get at Wisp. Potomac River - North Branch is a pretty wet place mostly with a large amount of precipitation. All through July this area sees the most rain, and February is when it's the driest. Through the warm months here at Potomac River - North Branch, high temperatures typically get into the 70's while overnight lows are commonly in the 50's.

Potomac River - North Branch, Gormania to Kitzmiller road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Potomac River - North Branch.
 Whitewater Near Potomac River - North Branch:
Stony River, Grant County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.7 miles long (Route 50 to North Branch of Potomac River)
Abram Creek, Mineral/Grant County, 4 miles away
      Class II-IV - 8.7 miles long (US 50 to confluence of North Branch of Potomac River)
Difficult Creek, Mineral County, 6 miles away
      Class V+ - 4.4 miles long (Upstream to Potomac North Branch Close to Gormania)
Potomac River - North Branch, Grant Mineral WV Garrett MD County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 15 miles long (Gormania West Virginia to Kitzmiller Maryland)
Potomac River - North Branch, Grant Mineral WV Garrett MD County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 15 miles long (Gormania to Kitzmiller)
Potomac River - North Branch, Mineral WV Garrett MD County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Kitzmiller to Jennings Randolph Lake)
Crabtree Creek, Garrett County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 6 miles long (Swanton Maryland to Savage Reservoir)
Stony River, Grant County, 7 miles away
      Class III+ - 7.6 miles long (Vepco Dam to Route 50)
Patterson Creek - North Fork, Grant County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 8.2 miles long (Scherr to Dam)
Potomac River - North Branch, Mineral WV Garrett MD County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Barnum West Virginia to Bloomington Maryland)
 Ski Areas Near Potomac River - North Branch:
Wisp, Maryland , 13 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 18 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 21 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 37 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 38 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 44 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 45 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 61 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Boyce Park, Pennsylvania , 69 miles away, 180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 70 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
 Marinas Near Potomac River - North Branch:
Deep Creek Marina, Mc Henry , 13 miles away
 Hotels Near Potomac River - North Branch:
Inn At Deep Creek, Oakland , 10 miles away
Wisp Resort, McHenry , 13 miles away
Quality Inn Deep Creek Lake, McHenry , 14 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Keyser, Keyser , 17 miles away
Comfort Inn Grantsville, Grantsville , 22 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Potomac River - North Branch:
Potomac State Forest - Laurel Run, Kitzmiller, 1 miles away
Potomac State Forest - Wallman Camp Ground, Kitzmiller, 1 miles away
Potomac State Forest - Lost Land Run, Kitzmiller, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Potomac River - North Branch:
Blackbird Knob Trail, Tucker , 17 miles away
Breathed Mountain Trail, Tucker , 18 miles away
Stonecoal Trail, Tucker , 19 miles away
North Fork Mountain Trail, Grant , 19 miles away
Dunkenbarger Trail, Tucker , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Potomac River - North Branch:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 67 miles away
Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia , 20 miles away
Lost River State Park, West Virginia , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Potomac River - North Branch:
Evening Breeze Golf Course, Oakland , 7 miles away
Thousand Acres Lakeside Golf Club, Swanton , 8 miles away
Oakland Golf Club, Oakland , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Potomac River - North Branch
Mount Storm Lake, Grant , 7 miles away
Deep Creek Lake, Garrett , 13 miles away
Lake Heritage, Adams , 16 miles away

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