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

Pendleton county, Cherry Grove to Riverton section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     9.8 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in West Virginia are easier than the national norm, so don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. The beautiful scenery of Pendleton County and the water flowing gracefully down Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but
    if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more. If you're coming from Staunton-Waynesboro
it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The Cherry Grove to Riverton stretch of Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch is 9.8 miles long and it is classified as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. This stretch is mid length, it's perfect for a one day trip. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater  
rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of places for that.

Briefly about the general area:
Skiing at Canaan Valley is one of those things you just have to do, and there are plenty of folks from Riverton here. If you crave a little side trip, try Riverton Gap, and the Horton Riverton Trail offers hiking at its best. This river is so great. Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch is right by the High Meadows Trail. Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch sees pretty high levels of rainfall. Most of the rain falls all through July while February is the month with the least amount of precipitation.

Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Cherry Grove to Riverton 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 Fork of South Branch.
 Whitewater Near Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch:
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Pendleton County, 1 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 7.6 miles long (Riverton to Seneca Rocks)
Seneca Creek, Pendleton County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 13 miles long (Judy Springs to Forest Service Campground)
Seneca Creek, Pendleton County, 7 miles away
      Class III - 6.2 miles long (Forest Service Campground to Route 28)
Waites Run, Pendleton County, 7 miles away
      Class IV - 1.8 miles long (Up Forest Service Road to Seneca Creek)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Grant County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.2 miles long (Head of Hopeville Canyon to Hopeville)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Grant County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 6 miles long (Hopeville to Confluence of South Branch)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Pendleton County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 9.8 miles long (Cherry Grove to Riverton)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Pendelton/Grant County, 7 miles away
      Class I-III - 9.6 miles long (Seneca Rocks to Head of Hopeville Canyon)
Cheat River - Dry Fork, Randolph Tucker County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (CR 32/4 to Jenningston)
Potomac River - South Branch, Pendleton County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.1 miles long (CR 23 to Ruddle)
 Ski Areas Near Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch:
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 15 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 17 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 41 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 45 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 47 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 51 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 51 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 56 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 70 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 72 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Hotels Near Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch:
Montvallee Motel, Monterey , 20 miles away
Hampton Inn Elkins, Elkins , 29 miles away
Super 8 Elkins, Elkins , 29 miles away
Iron Road Inn, Elkins , 30 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites ELKINS, Elkins , 30 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch:
Yokum's Vacationland and Princess Snowbird's Indian Village, Seneca Rocks, 4 miles away
Judy Springs Campground, Pendleton County, 5 miles away
Seneca Campground, Pendleton County, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch:
Horton Riverton Trail, Pendleton , 4 miles away
High Meadows Trail, Pendleton , 4 miles away
Lumberjack Trail, Pendleton , 4 miles away
Horton Trail, Pendleton , 5 miles away
Judy Springs Trail, Pendleton , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 69 miles away
Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia , 21 miles away
Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia , 27 miles away
Seneca State Forest, West Virginia , 34 miles away
 Lakes Near Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch
Puffenbarger Pond, Augusta , 20 miles away

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