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

Pendleton county, Confluence of Laurel Fork and Straight Fork to Cherry Grove section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     6.3 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Staunton-Waynesboro. 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 many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. The natural beauty of Pendleton County and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The Confluence of Laurel Fork and Straight Fork to Cherry Grove section is
    one of many paddling sections in this river system. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The Confluence of Laurel Fork and Straight Fork to Cherry Grove stretch of Potomac River - North Fork of South
Branch in Pendleton County is 6.3 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good rivers for that around here. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while will make you glad you came. On this section you do get some distance, suitable for an afternoon trip. There arenít any hotels  
right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.

Briefly about the general area:
The cheerful folks of Circleville like to hang out close by, and good hiking is available along the Big Mountain Trail. A tour to Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch wouldn't be complete without taking a look at Cold Spring. There's nice hiking along the Back Ridge Trail, and a short spree to Hendrick Farm Spring is always worthwhile. Summertime highs at Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch frequently tend to be in the 80's.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch.
 Whitewater Near Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch:
Big Run River, Pendleton County, 1 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, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 9.8 miles long (Cherry Grove to Riverton)
Roaring Creek, Preston County, 5 miles away
      Class IV - 6.1 miles long (County Road 3-12 to Cheat River)
Potomac River - South Branch, Highland County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 1 miles long (Confluence of Straight Creek to state line)
Potomac River - Laurel Fork of North Fork of South Branch, Highland VA: Pendleton WV County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.5 miles long (State line to confluence of Straight Fork)
Potomac River - South Branch, Highland VA/ Pendleton WV County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.4 miles long (state line to CR 23)
Laurel Fork, Highland VA : Pendleton WV County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 9.5 miles long (Route 642 to Virginia/West Virginia State line)
Seneca Creek, Pendleton County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 13 miles long (Judy Springs to Forest Service Campground)
Gandy Creek, Randolph County, 8 miles away
      Class III - 13.6 miles long (Sinks outlet to Cheat River Dry Fork)
Greenbrier River - East Fork, Pocahontas County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.1 miles long (FS 51 to Island Campground)
 Ski Areas Near Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch:
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 23 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 25 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 32 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 41 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 53 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 56 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 56 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 57 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 78 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 81 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Hotels Near Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch:
Montvallee Motel, Monterey , 11 miles away
Hampton Inn Elkins, Elkins , 25 miles away
Super 8 Elkins, Elkins , 25 miles away
Iron Road Inn, Elkins , 26 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites ELKINS, Elkins , 27 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch:
Spruce Knob Lake Campground, Randolph County, 6 miles away
Gatewood Group Campground, Randolph County, 6 miles away
Judy Springs Campground, Pendleton County, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch:
Big Mountain Trail, Pendleton , 0 miles away
Back Ridge Trail, Pendleton , 3 miles away
Middle Mountain Trail, Highland , 4 miles away
Laurel Fork Trail, Highland , 5 miles away
Gatewood Nature Trail, Pendleton , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch:
Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia , 19 miles away
Seneca State Forest, West Virginia , 24 miles away
Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia , 27 miles away
 Lakes Near Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch
Puffenbarger Pond, Augusta , 20 miles away

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