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West Virginia whitewater, Potomac River - South Branch

Pendleton county, CR 23 to Ruddle section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     10.1 miles
  The CR 23 to Ruddle section of Potomac River - South Branch is 10.1 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-II section of whitewater. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Staunton-Waynesboro, as you can see on the road map further down. The scenic beauty of West Virginia and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. This stretch is long enough for an overnight
    trip if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in West Virginia are often easier than in other states, so don't forget that quite a few of the sections
in this state are pretty easy. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the CR 23 to Ruddle stretch is just one of many.

Briefly about the general area:
 
There's tremendous hiking along the North Mountain Trail; Evick Hollow is a delightful spot to stop at. The Miller Run Trail offers hiking at its best, and if you're stopping by from Franklin, you won't be the only one. This river is a great place to visit. For the duration of the summertime at Potomac River - South Branch temperatures are commonly in the 70's; the overnight is rather chillier of course, commonly in the 50's. High temperatures throughout the wintertime are normally in the 30's while Potomac River - South Branch nighttime low temperatures all through the wintertime are in the 10's.

Potomac River - South Branch, CR 23 to Ruddle 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:
Potomac River - South Branch, Pendleton County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.1 miles long (CR 23 to Ruddle)
Potomac River - South Branch, Pendleton County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 8 miles long (Ruddle to US 220)
Thorn/Whitethorn Creek, Pendleton County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 10.1 miles long (Moyers to South Branch of Potomac River confluence)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Pendleton County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 7.6 miles long (Riverton to Seneca Rocks)
Potomac River - South Branch, Pendleton/ Grant County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II+(III) - 9 miles long (US 220 to Big Bend Campground)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Pendelton/Grant County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 9.6 miles long (Seneca Rocks to Head of Hopeville Canyon)
Potomac River - South Fork of the South Branch, Pendleton/ Hardy County, 10 miles away
      Class II-IV - 12.1 miles long (Fort Seybert to Milam)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Grant County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.2 miles long (Head of Hopeville Canyon to Hopeville)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Grant County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 6 miles long (Hopeville to Confluence of South Branch)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Pendleton County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 9.8 miles long (Cherry Grove to Riverton)
 Ski Areas Near Potomac River - South Branch:
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 20 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 21 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 40 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 42 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 47 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 48 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 48 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 53 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 74 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 76 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Hotels Near Potomac River - South Branch:
Montvallee Motel, Monterey , 21 miles away
By The Side Of The Road, Harrisonburg , 31 miles away
Hampton Inn Harrisonburg - South, Harrisonburg , 32 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Harrisonburg, VA, Harrisonburg , 32 miles away
Holiday Inn Express HARRISONBURG, Harrisonburg , 32 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Potomac River - South Branch:
Cave Country Camping Area, Franklin, 2 miles away
Yokum's Vacationland and Princess Snowbird's Indian Village, Seneca Rocks, 9 miles away
Brandywine Lake, Brandywine, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Potomac River - South Branch:
North Mountain Trail, Pendleton , 8 miles away
Miller Run Trail, Pendleton , 10 miles away
Bother Ridge Trail, Pendleton , 11 miles away
South Branch Trail, Pendleton , 11 miles away
Road Run Trail, Pendleton , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Potomac River - South Branch:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 61 miles away
Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia , 27 miles away
Lost River State Park, West Virginia , 33 miles away
Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia , 34 miles away
 Lakes Near Potomac River - South Branch
Puffenbarger Pond, Augusta , 14 miles away

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