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

Grant county, Head of Hopeville Canyon to Hopeville section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     4.2 miles
  The starting point is not too far from Harrisonburg. The wonderful West Virginia scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people from near and far. This stretch of Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch is 4.2 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III section. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before
    you come because it is a very popular destination. The average West Virginia whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers
in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good places. The Head of Hopeville Canyon to Hopeville stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near.

Briefly about the general area:
 
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch is a spot with many visitors from Seneca Rocks. Roy Gap is a good location to spend some time at, and there's no such thing as a bad day of skiing at nearby Canaan Valley. This river has so much to offer. The North Mountain Trail is a tremendous hiking trail in close proximity to Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, and Seneca Rocks is a pleasant site to stop at while in the region. There is a nice hiking trail near Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch called the Boars Nest Trail. Through the warmest time of the year here at Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, high temperatures ordinarily get into the 80's while overnight lows are regularly in the 50'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:
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Grant County, 0 miles away
      Class I-II - 6 miles long (Hopeville to Confluence of South Branch)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Pendelton/Grant County, 1 miles away
      Class I-III - 9.6 miles long (Seneca Rocks to Head of Hopeville Canyon)
Seneca Creek, Pendleton County, 6 miles away
      Class III - 6.2 miles long (Forest Service Campground to Route 28)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Pendleton County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 7.6 miles long (Riverton to Seneca Rocks)
Red Creek, Tucker/ Randolph County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.9 miles long (D4149 North Branch Bridge to confluence with Dry Fork)
Potomac River - South Branch, Pendleton/ Grant County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II+(III) - 9 miles long (US 220 to Big Bend Campground)
Red Creek, Tucker County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 7.2 miles long (Red Creek Recreation Area to North Branch Bridge)
Potomac River - South Branch, Pendleton County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 8 miles long (Ruddle to US 220)
Waites Run, Pendleton County, 9 miles away
      Class IV - 1.8 miles long (Up Forest Service Road to Seneca Creek)
Potomac River - South Branch, Grant County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 16 miles long (Big Bend Campground to US220)
 Ski Areas Near Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch:
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 9 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 11 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 38 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 43 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 48 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 49 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 58 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 58 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 64 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 66 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Hotels Near Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch:
Montvallee Motel, Monterey , 27 miles away
Hampton Inn Elkins, Elkins , 32 miles away
Iron Road Inn, Elkins , 32 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites ELKINS, Elkins , 33 miles away
Super 8 Elkins, Elkins , 33 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch:
Yokum's Vacationland and Princess Snowbird's Indian Village, Seneca Rocks, 3 miles away
Seneca Shadows - Monongahela National Forest, Elkins, 6 miles away
Seneca Campground, Pendleton County, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch:
North Mountain Trail, Pendleton , 3 miles away
Boars Nest Trail, Randolph , 6 miles away
South Prong Trail, Randolph , 6 miles away
South Branch Trail, Pendleton , 7 miles away
Red Creek Trail, Tucker , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 65 miles away
Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia , 16 miles away
Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia , 33 miles away
Lost River State Park, West Virginia , 34 miles away

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