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West Virginia whitewater, Potomac River - South Branch

Pendleton county, Ruddle to US 220 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     8 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Harrisonburg, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This section of Potomac River - South Branch in West Virginia is 8 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-II section. The wonderful Pendleton County scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure
    to keep you coming back for more. The average West Virginia whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the rivers in this
state are not very demanding. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots. This stretch is mid length, it's perfect for a one day trip. The Ruddle to US 220 section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because  
it is a very popular destination.

Briefly about the general area:
Near Potomac River - South Branch you hit upon tremendous spots like Long Hollow; hiking along the South Branch Trail is nice fun. You'll meet a lot of folks from Upper Tract here; Potomac River - South Branch is right by the North Mountain Trail. This is such a wonderful river. All the water falling down from the sky makes Potomac River - South Branch a wet place. July is the wettest month with most rain; the driest month of the year is October. The warmest time of the year brings highs in the 70's to Potomac River - South Branch; during summer nights temperatures are in the 50's.

Potomac River - South Branch, Ruddle to US 220 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 - 8 miles long (Ruddle to US 220)
Potomac River - South Branch, Pendleton/ Grant County, 3 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, 7 miles away
      Class I-III - 9.6 miles long (Seneca Rocks to Head of Hopeville Canyon)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Grant County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.2 miles long (Head of Hopeville Canyon to Hopeville)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Grant County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 6 miles long (Hopeville to Confluence of South Branch)
Potomac River - South Fork of the South Branch, Pendleton/ Hardy County, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV - 12.1 miles long (Fort Seybert to Milam)
Potomac River - South Branch, Grant County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 16 miles long (Big Bend Campground to US220)
Potomac River - South Branch, Pendleton County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.1 miles long (CR 23 to Ruddle)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Pendleton County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 7.6 miles long (Riverton to Seneca Rocks)
Seneca Creek, Pendleton County, 13 miles away
      Class III - 6.2 miles long (Forest Service Campground to Route 28)
 Ski Areas Near Potomac River - South Branch:
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 16 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 17 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 36 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 42 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 43 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 51 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 51 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 59 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 68 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 70 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Hotels Near Potomac River - South Branch:
Montvallee Motel, Monterey , 27 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 , 33 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Potomac River - South Branch:
Smoke Hole Campground, Pendleton County, 5 miles away
Jess Judy Group, Cabins, 7 miles away
Cave Country Camping Area, Franklin, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Potomac River - South Branch:
North Mountain Trail, Pendleton , 4 miles away
South Branch Trail, Pendleton , 5 miles away
Loop Trail, Grant , 8 miles away
Redman Trail, Grant , 8 miles away
South Prong Trail, Randolph , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Potomac River - South Branch:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 58 miles away
Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia , 24 miles away
Lost River State Park, West Virginia , 29 miles away
Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia , 38 miles away
 Lakes Near Potomac River - South Branch
Puffenbarger Pond, Augusta , 19 miles away

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