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West Virginia whitewater, Potomac River - South Fork of the South Branch

Hardy county, Confluence of Shooks Run to Confluence of South Branch section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     12.2 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Harrisonburg, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This stretch of Potomac River - South Fork of the South Branch in Hardy County is 12.2 miles long and has been rated as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. The scenic beauty of West Virginia and the water flowing gracefully down Potomac River - South Fork of the South Branch make the trip here worthwhile.
    The campgrounds here at Potomac River - South Fork of the South Branch are pretty good. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. The sections
for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in West Virginia are often more forgiving than in other states, so better not forget that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. If you hurry you can run this section in a day but why not make it an overnighter,  
so pack your camp stove. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Confluence of Shooks Run to Confluence of South Branch stretch is just one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
Coby Spring is a great local attraction; while you're here you will meet lots of folks from close by Fisher. Potomac River - South Fork of the South Branch is in close proximity to Lost River State Park which is a wonderful site. Put some time aside to spend at Harry Veeders Spring if you're here at Potomac River - South Fork of the South Branch. The Hunkerson Gap Trail offers hiking at its best, and a tremendous location is Cold Spring Hollow.

Potomac River - South Fork of the South Branch, Confluence of Shooks Run to Confluence of South Branch 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 Fork of the South Branch.
 Whitewater Near Potomac River - South Fork of the South Branch:
Potomac River - South Fork of the South Branch, Hardy County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II - 12.2 miles long (Confluence of Shooks Run to Confluence of South Branch)
Potomac River - South Branch, Hardy/ Hampshire County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 11 miles long (US 220 Bridge north of Moorefield to Harmison's Landing)
Potomac River - South Branch, Grant/ Hardy County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 18.8 miles long (US 220 South of Petersburg to US 220 North of Moorefield)
Lunice Creek, Grant County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.3 miles long (West Virginia 42 to US220)
Potomac River - South Fork of the South Branch, Hardy County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 12.2 miles long (Milam bridge to confluence of Shooks Run)
Lost River, Hampshire County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 15 miles long (Lost River to West Virginia 55/259)
Lunice Creek - North Fork, Grant County, 15 miles away
      Class I-III - 6 miles long (Confluence of Shell Run to confluence of North Fork and South Fork)
Patterson Creek - North Fork, Grant County, 16 miles away
      Class I-III - 8.2 miles long (Scherr to Dam)
Shenandoah River - North Fork, Rockingham County, 16 miles away
      Class I-III - 27.5 miles long (Route 921 to Route 730)
Potomac River - South Branch, Grant County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 16 miles long (Big Bend Campground to US220)
 Ski Areas Near Potomac River - South Fork of the South Branch:
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 18 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 28 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 30 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 36 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 39 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 58 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
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 64 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 76 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
 Hotels Near Potomac River - South Fork of the South Branch:
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Keyser, Keyser , 21 miles away
Super 8 Mount Jackson/New Market Area, Mount Jackson , 28 miles away
Days Inn New Market Battlefield, New Market , 29 miles away
Quality Inn Shenandoah Valley, New Market , 29 miles away
By The Side Of The Road, Harrisonburg , 30 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Potomac River - South Fork of the South Branch:
Riverside Cabins and RV Park (Formerly Scott's Cabins and RV Park), Fisher, 3 miles away
Big Ridge Campground, Mathias, 7 miles away
Branch Mountain Campground, Baker, 12 miles away
 Trails Near Potomac River - South Fork of the South Branch:
Hunkerson Gap Trail, Shenandoah , 16 miles away
Hunkerson Gap Trail, Hardy , 16 miles away
North Mountain Trail, Hardy , 16 miles away
North Mountain Trail, Shenandoah , 16 miles away
Lick Run Trail, Pendleton , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Potomac River - South Fork of the South Branch:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 42 miles away
Lost River State Park, West Virginia , 8 miles away
Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Potomac River - South Fork of the South Branch:
Valley View Golf Course, Moorefield , 3 miles away
Capon Springs & Farms, Capon Springs , 14 miles away
Glade Springs Resort Golf Course, Daniels , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Potomac River - South Fork of the South Branch
Lake Laura, Shenandoah , 17 miles away

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