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

Pendleton county, Riverton to Seneca Rocks section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II(III)     7.6 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Harrisonburg, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in West Virginia are often more forgiving than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling
    places. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. If you're a camper you can camp
at one of the great campgrounds nearby. This stretch of Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch in West Virginia is 7.6 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-II(III) section. The scenic beauty of Pendleton County and the cool fresh water beats anything. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip.

Briefly about the general area:
Take a hike on the North Mountain
 
Trail, and Judy Spring is an inspiring place to pop by while you're here. If you're here, you might as well visit Mexico Hollow, and lots of folks from Seneca Rocks come here. Lots of fun awaits you along this river. Have a great hiking adventure along the High Meadows Trail; don't leave Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch without first paying a visit to McDonald Springs. You can never get enough of the magnificent skiing at Canaan Valley. High temperatures at Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch throughout the long summer days are in the 80's. For the duration of the dark hours of summer temperatures sink down into the 50's.

Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Riverton to Seneca Rocks road map
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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, Grant County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.2 miles long (Head of Hopeville Canyon to Hopeville)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Grant County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 6 miles long (Hopeville to Confluence of South Branch)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Pendelton/Grant County, 3 miles away
      Class I-III - 9.6 miles long (Seneca Rocks to Head of Hopeville Canyon)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Pendleton County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 7.6 miles long (Riverton to Seneca Rocks)
Seneca Creek, Pendleton County, 5 miles away
      Class III - 6.2 miles long (Forest Service Campground to Route 28)
Waites Run, Pendleton County, 8 miles away
      Class IV - 1.8 miles long (Up Forest Service Road to Seneca Creek)
Potomac River - South Branch, Pendleton County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 8 miles long (Ruddle to US 220)
Seneca Creek, Pendleton County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 13 miles long (Judy Springs to Forest Service Campground)
Potomac River - South Branch, Pendleton/ Grant County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II+(III) - 9 miles long (US 220 to Big Bend Campground)
Red Creek, Tucker/ Randolph County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.9 miles long (D4149 North Branch Bridge to confluence with Dry Fork)
 Ski Areas Near Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch:
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 12 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 13 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 41 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 44 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 45 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 50 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 55 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 57 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 67 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 69 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Hotels Near Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch:
Montvallee Motel, Monterey , 24 miles away
Hampton Inn Elkins, Elkins , 31 miles away
Iron Road Inn, Elkins , 31 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites ELKINS, Elkins , 32 miles away
Super 8 Elkins, Elkins , 32 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch:
Yokum's Vacationland and Princess Snowbird's Indian Village, Seneca Rocks, 0 miles away
Seneca Shadows - Monongahela National Forest, Elkins, 5 miles away
Seneca Campground, Pendleton County, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch:
North Mountain Trail, Pendleton , 4 miles away
High Meadows Trail, Pendleton , 7 miles away
Little Allegheny Trail, Pendleton , 7 miles away
Lumberjack Trail, Pendleton , 7 miles away
Horton Riverton Trail, Pendleton , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 66 miles away
Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia , 18 miles away
Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia , 30 miles away
Lost River State Park, West Virginia , 36 miles away

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