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West Virginia whitewater, Potomac River - South Branch

Highland VA Pendleton WV county, state line to CR 23 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     13.4 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Staunton-Waynesboro, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in West Virginia tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so keep in mind that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. The state line to CR 23 section of Potomac River - South Branch in Highland VA/ Pendleton WV County is 13.4 miles
    long and it is classified as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. There's camping available
near Potomac River - South Branch. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of spots for that. You can enjoy this section more if you take your time, so why not pack your camping stuff too. The beautiful scenery of West Virginia and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the  
river for a while are great reasons to come.

Briefly about the general area:
A good location in the neighborhood of Potomac River - South Branch is Moyer Gap; don't leave Potomac River - South Branch without first going for a hike along the Big Mountain Trail. It's always magnificent to have a look at Moyer Farm Spring, and there are plenty of folks from Franklin here at Potomac River - South Branch. This river is so perfect. There are wonderful places to discover along the Jones Trail, and Rexrode Farm Spring is a pleasant local attraction. All through the months of summer at Potomac River - South Branch highs are generally in the 80's, and through the night it cools down to the 50's.

Potomac River - South Branch, state line to CR 23 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 - South Branch.
 Whitewater Near Potomac River - South Branch:
Thorn/Whitethorn Creek, Pendleton County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 10.1 miles long (Moyers to South Branch of Potomac River confluence)
Potomac River - South Branch, Highland VA/ Pendleton WV County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.4 miles long (state line to CR 23)
Potomac River - South Branch, Pendleton County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.1 miles long (CR 23 to Ruddle)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Pendleton County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 9.8 miles long (Cherry Grove to Riverton)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Pendleton County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.3 miles long (Confluence of Laurel Fork and Straight Fork to Cherry Grove)
Roaring Creek, Preston County, 10 miles away
      Class IV - 6.1 miles long (County Road 3-12 to Cheat River)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Pendleton County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 7.6 miles long (Riverton to Seneca Rocks)
Big Run River, Pendleton County, 11 miles away
      Class II+ - 3.7 miles long (Confluence with Teeter Camp Run to Cherry Grove)
Potomac River - South Branch, Pendleton County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 8 miles long (Ruddle to US 220)
Shaws Fork, Highland County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.5 miles long (Headwaters to Liberty)
 Ski Areas Near Potomac River - South Branch:
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 25 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 27 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 39 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 44 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 47 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 48 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 48 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 55 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 80 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 82 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Hotels Near Potomac River - South Branch:
Montvallee Motel, Monterey , 13 miles away
Howard Johnson Express Inn Staunton, Staunton , 32 miles away
Frederick House, Staunton , 33 miles away
Inn At Old Virginia, Staunton , 33 miles away
Olde Staunton Inn, Staunton , 33 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Potomac River - South Branch:
Cave Country Camping Area, Franklin, 7 miles away
Judy Springs Campground, Pendleton County, 13 miles away
Shaws Fork Horse Camp, Head Waters, 13 miles away
 Trails Near Potomac River - South Branch:
Jones Trail, Highland , 9 miles away
Big Mountain Trail, Pendleton , 9 miles away
Huckleberry Trail, Pendleton , 11 miles away
Middle Mountain Trail, Highland , 12 miles away
Horton Riverton Trail, Pendleton , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Potomac River - South Branch:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 68 miles away
Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia , 28 miles away
Seneca State Forest, West Virginia , 31 miles away
Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia , 31 miles away
 Lakes Near Potomac River - South Branch
Puffenbarger Pond, Augusta , 11 miles away

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