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West Virginia whitewater, Seneca Creek

Pendleton county, Forest Service Campground to Route 28 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III     6.2 miles
  The nature scenery of West Virginia and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. If you're coming from Harrisonburg it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, you can easily run it on an afternoon. 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. The Forest Service Campground to Route 28 stretch of Seneca Creek in West Virginia is 6.2 miles long
and it is classified as a class III section by American Whitewater. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of spots for that. The Forest Service Campground to Route 28 stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in West Virginia is often easier than elsewhere, so keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy.

Briefly
 
about the general area:
Roaring Springs is a scenic location to explore while you're at Seneca Creek; everyone nearby loves skiing at Canaan Valley. Go for a hike on the North Mountain Trail; there are plenty of folks from Seneca Rocks here. At this river you will always have a good time. A trip to Blackwater Falls State Park revitalizes the spirit, and there are magnificent places to explore along the Boars Nest Trail. For the period of the summertime months at Seneca Creek highs are commonly in the 80's, and through the night it cools down to the 50's. During the winter highs are regularly in the 30's while Seneca Creek overnight low temperatures during the winter are in the 10's.

Seneca Creek, Forest Service Campground to Route 28 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 Seneca Creek.
 Whitewater Near Seneca Creek:
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Grant County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.2 miles long (Head of Hopeville Canyon to Hopeville)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Grant County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 6 miles long (Hopeville to Confluence of South Branch)
Seneca Creek, Pendleton County, 3 miles away
      Class III - 6.2 miles long (Forest Service Campground to Route 28)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Pendelton/Grant County, 3 miles away
      Class I-III - 9.6 miles long (Seneca Rocks to Head of Hopeville Canyon)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Pendleton County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 7.6 miles long (Riverton to Seneca Rocks)
Waites Run, Pendleton County, 6 miles away
      Class IV - 1.8 miles long (Up Forest Service Road to Seneca Creek)
Red Creek, Tucker/ Randolph County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.9 miles long (D4149 North Branch Bridge to confluence with Dry Fork)
Seneca Creek, Pendleton County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 13 miles long (Judy Springs to Forest Service Campground)
Cheat River - Dry Fork, Randolph Tucker County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (CR 32/4 to Jenningston)
Red Creek, Tucker County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 7.2 miles long (Red Creek Recreation Area to North Branch Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Seneca Creek:
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 9 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 11 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 38 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 45 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 45 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 52 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 57 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 60 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 64 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 66 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Hotels Near Seneca Creek:
Montvallee Motel, Monterey , 26 miles away
Hampton Inn Elkins, Elkins , 29 miles away
Iron Road Inn, Elkins , 30 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites ELKINS, Elkins , 30 miles away
Super 8 Elkins, Elkins , 30 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Seneca Creek:
Seneca Shadows - Monongahela National Forest, Elkins, 3 miles away
Yokum's Vacationland and Princess Snowbird's Indian Village, Seneca Rocks, 3 miles away
Seneca Campground, Pendleton County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Seneca Creek:
Boars Nest Trail, Randolph , 6 miles away
North Mountain Trail, Pendleton , 6 miles away
Little Allegheny Trail, Pendleton , 6 miles away
South Prong Trail, Randolph , 6 miles away
Allegheny Trail, Pendleton , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Seneca Creek:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 68 miles away
Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia , 15 miles away
Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia , 30 miles away
Lost River State Park, West Virginia , 36 miles away

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