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West Virginia whitewater, Potomac River - South Branch

Grant county, Big Bend Campground to US220 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II(III)     16 miles
  This section of Potomac River - South Branch is 16 miles long and is a class I-II(III) section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. The beautiful scenery of Grant County and the water flowing gracefully down Potomac River -
    South Branch will make you feel great. The campgrounds here at Potomac River - South Branch are pretty good. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. There arenít any hotels right
nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The starting location is a short drive from Harrisonburg, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good spots for that around here. This is not the only paddling  
section in this river system, there are others too. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so why not pack your camp stove too.

Briefly about the general area:
If the weather is good here at Potomac River - South Branch, you can go for a hike along the Loop Trail, and you're sure to run into some nice folks from Petersburg here. The North Fork Mountain Trail is a great hiking trail close to Potomac River - South Branch. Throughout the summer highs here at Potomac River - South Branch reach the 70's. When the night sets in temperatures plunge down into the 50's.

Potomac River - South Branch, Big Bend Campground to US220 road map
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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, Grant County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 16 miles long (Big Bend Campground to US220)
Potomac River - South Branch, Grant/ Hardy County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 18.8 miles long (US 220 South of Petersburg to US 220 North of Moorefield)
Lunice Creek, Grant County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.3 miles long (West Virginia 42 to US220)
Potomac River - South Fork of the South Branch, Hardy County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 12.2 miles long (Milam bridge to confluence of Shooks Run)
Potomac River - South Branch, Pendleton/ Grant County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II+(III) - 9 miles long (US 220 to Big Bend Campground)
Lunice Creek - North Fork, Grant County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 6 miles long (Confluence of Shell Run to confluence of North Fork and South Fork)
Red Creek, Tucker County, 12 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, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 12.2 miles long (Confluence of Shooks Run to Confluence of South Branch)
Potomac River - South Fork of the South Branch, Pendleton/ Hardy County, 13 miles away
      Class II-IV - 12.1 miles long (Fort Seybert to Milam)
Patterson Creek - North Fork, Grant County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III - 8.2 miles long (Scherr to Dam)
 Ski Areas Near Potomac River - South Branch:
Timberline, West Virginia , 16 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 17 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 30 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 35 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 41 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 57 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 59 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 60 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 62 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 66 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
 Hotels Near Potomac River - South Branch:
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Keyser, Keyser , 27 miles away
Inn At Deep Creek, Oakland , 32 miles away
By The Side Of The Road, Harrisonburg , 33 miles away
Hampton Inn Harrisonburg - University, Harrisonburg , 34 miles away
The Stonewall Jackson Inn Bed, Harrisonburg , 34 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Potomac River - South Branch:
Big Bend - Monongahela National Forest, Elkins, 5 miles away
Jess Judy Group, Cabins, 6 miles away
Smoke Hole Campground, Pendleton County, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Potomac River - South Branch:
Loop Trail, Grant , 5 miles away
North Fork Mountain Trail, Grant , 5 miles away
Redman Trail, Grant , 6 miles away
South Branch Trail, Pendleton , 8 miles away
Red Creek Trail, Tucker , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Potomac River - South Branch:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 53 miles away
Lost River State Park, West Virginia , 20 miles away
Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Potomac River - South Branch:
Capon Springs & Farms, Capon Springs , 10 miles away
Valley View Golf Course, Moorefield , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Potomac River - South Branch
Mount Storm Lake, Grant , 15 miles away

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