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West Virginia whitewater, Potomac River - North Branch

Mineral WV Allegany MD county, Bloomington to Keyser section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     7.5 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Cumberland, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. The wonderful Mineral WV Allegany MD County scenery and the beautiful
    way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling rivers. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature
are great reasons to come. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, you can easily run it on an afternoon. The campgrounds here at Potomac River - North Branch are pretty good. The Bloomington to Keyser stretch of Potomac River - North Branch in West Virginia is 7.5 miles long and has been rated as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Bloomington to  
Keyser stretch is just one of many.

Briefly about the general area:
Donald Brumage Spring is a wonderful spot to stop by while you're at Potomac River - North Branch. Wildcat Hollow is a good site to pop by nearby; you're sure to stumble upon some friendly people from Luke here. This river has it all. The annual rain here at Potomac River - North Branch is about average. July is the month that gets the most rain while February is usually the driest month. Summer brings highs in the 80's to Potomac River - North Branch, and throughout summer nights temperatures are in the 50's.

Potomac River - North Branch, Bloomington to Keyser 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 Potomac River - North Branch.
 Whitewater Near Potomac River - North Branch:
Potomac River - North Branch, Mineral WV Allegany MD County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.5 miles long (Bloomington to Keyser)
New Creek, Mineral County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II - 9 miles long (Intersection of US220 and West Virginia 93 to Keyser)
Potomac River - North Branch, Mineral WV Garrett MD County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Barnum West Virginia to Bloomington Maryland)
Potomac River - North Branch, Mineral WV Garrett MD County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Barnum to Bloomington)
Savage River, Garrett County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.5 miles long (Dam to North Branch Potomac River)
Georges Creek, Allegany County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (Maryland Route 36 to North Branch Potomac River)
Savage River, Garrett County, 9 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 12.5 miles long (Avilton Lonaconing Road to Head of Savage Reservoir)
Potomac River - North Branch, Mineral WV Garrett MD County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Kitzmiller to Jennings Randolph Lake)
Crabtree Creek, Garrett County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 6 miles long (Swanton Maryland to Savage Reservoir)
Abram Creek, Mineral/Grant County, 15 miles away
      Class II-IV - 8.7 miles long (US 50 to confluence of North Branch of Potomac River)
 Ski Areas Near Potomac River - North Branch:
Wisp, Maryland , 24 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 34 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 36 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 36 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 37 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 39 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 39 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 55 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 59 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Boyce Park, Pennsylvania , 74 miles away, 180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Potomac River - North Branch:
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Keyser, Keyser , 3 miles away
Hampton Inn Frostburg MD, Frostburg , 12 miles away
Days Inn & Suites Frostburg, Frostburg , 12 miles away
Comfort Inn Grantsville, Grantsville , 13 miles away
BEST WESTERN Braddock Motor Inn, La Vale , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Potomac River - North Branch:
Barnum Whitewater Area, Bloomington, 7 miles away
Robert W Craig, Elk Garden, 7 miles away
Fox's Pizza Den, Burlington, 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Potomac River - North Branch:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 58 miles away
Lost River State Park, West Virginia , 30 miles away
Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Potomac River - North Branch:
Polish Pines Golf Club, Keyser , 3 miles away
Fore Sisters Golf Course, Rawlings , 11 miles away
Mill Creek Country Club Golf, Burlington , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Potomac River - North Branch
Midland-Gilmore Reservoir, Allegany , 8 miles away
Lake Heritage, Adams , 14 miles away
Lake Louise, Garrett , 18 miles away

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