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West Virginia whitewater, Potomac River - South Branch

Pendleton Grant county, US 220 to Big Bend Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II+(III)     9 miles
  This section of Potomac River - South Branch in Pendleton/ Grant County is 9 miles long and has been rated as a class I-II+(III) section by American Whitewater. If you're coming from Harrisonburg it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The natural beauty of Pendleton/ Grant County and the playfulness of the water beats anything. And of course,
    there are campgrounds nearby. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter,
around here you'll find a large number of good spots. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside West Virginia you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so better not forget that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well.

Briefly about the
 
general area:
Have a pleasant hiking adventure along the South Branch Trail; Timberline is a very popular ski area in the vicinity. This is a popular place for folks from Upper Tract, and going for a hike along the Loop Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this vicinity. Coming to this river is always a good idea. Hermit Island Spring is a pretty place to stop by while you're at Potomac River - South Branch. Summertime highs at Potomac River - South Branch mostly tend to be in the 70's. Summer night lows drop down to the 50's. The winter brings highs down to the 30's with temperatures at Potomac River - South Branch dipping down into the 10's throughout winter nights.

Potomac River - South Branch, US 220 to Big Bend Campground 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/ Grant County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II+(III) - 9 miles long (US 220 to Big Bend Campground)
Potomac River - South Branch, Grant County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 16 miles long (Big Bend Campground to US220)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Pendelton/Grant County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 9.6 miles long (Seneca Rocks to Head of Hopeville Canyon)
Potomac River - South Branch, Pendleton County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 8 miles long (Ruddle to US 220)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Grant County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.2 miles long (Head of Hopeville Canyon to Hopeville)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Grant County, 9 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, 10 miles away
      Class II-IV - 12.1 miles long (Fort Seybert to Milam)
Red Creek, Tucker County, 10 miles away
      Class V+ - 7.2 miles long (Red Creek Recreation Area to North Branch Bridge)
Potomac River - South Fork of the South Branch, Hardy County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 12.2 miles long (Milam bridge to confluence of Shooks Run)
Red Creek, Tucker/ Randolph County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.9 miles long (D4149 North Branch Bridge to confluence with Dry Fork)
 Ski Areas Near Potomac River - South Branch:
Timberline, West Virginia , 14 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 15 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 34 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 39 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 42 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 55 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 55 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 63 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 64 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 65 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Hotels Near Potomac River - South Branch:
Montvallee Motel, Monterey , 32 miles away
By The Side Of The Road, Harrisonburg , 32 miles away
Hampton Inn Harrisonburg - University, Harrisonburg , 34 miles away
Hampton Inn Harrisonburg - South, Harrisonburg , 34 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Harrisonburg, VA, Harrisonburg , 34 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Potomac River - South Branch:
Smoke Hole Campground, Pendleton County, 2 miles away
Jess Judy Group, Cabins, 2 miles away
Big Bend - Monongahela National Forest, Elkins, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Potomac River - South Branch:
South Branch Trail, Pendleton , 1 miles away
Loop Trail, Grant , 3 miles away
Redman Trail, Grant , 4 miles away
North Mountain Trail, Pendleton , 7 miles away
North Fork Mountain Trail, Grant , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Potomac River - South Branch:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 57 miles away
Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia , 22 miles away
Lost River State Park, West Virginia , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Potomac River - South Branch:
Capon Springs & Farms, Capon Springs , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Potomac River - South Branch
Mount Storm Lake, Grant , 19 miles away

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