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West Virginia whitewater, Tygart Valley River

Barbour county, Above Arden to Big Cove Run section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-V     8 miles
  The starting point is not too far from Morgantown, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in West Virginia are easier than the national norm, so you'd better keep in mind that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near. The Above Arden to Big Cove
    Run stretch of Tygart Valley River in Barbour County is 8 miles long and is a class III-V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The Above Arden to Big Cove Run section is one of many paddling sections in
this river system. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, good for a one day paddling trip. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. The nature scenery of Barbour County and the water flowing gracefully down Tygart Valley River will make you feel great. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance  
because these hotels fill up quick.

Briefly about the general area:
If you're here, you might as well explore Moats Hollow, and a magnificent location like Tygart Lake State Park is too perfect to leave out. Lots of people from Moatsville come to Tygart Valley River; visiting Audra State Park is a delightful thing to do. This river is always fun. At Tygart Valley River through the months of summer highs are in the 80's. All through the dark hours of summer temperatures sink down into the 60's. For the duration of the winter the highs are typically in the 30's, and all through the dark hours in the wintertime at Tygart Valley River temperatures dip to the 10's.

Tygart Valley River, Above Arden to Big Cove Run 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 Tygart Valley River.
 Whitewater Near Tygart Valley River:
Tygart Valley River, Barbour County, 2 miles away
      Class III-V - 8 miles long (Above Arden to Big Cove Run)
Laurel Creek - Tygart Tributary, Barbour County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 5.8 miles long (West Virginia 38 to Tygart River)
Sandy Creek, Barbour/ Taylor County, 5 miles away
      Class III-V - 3.3 miles long (Bridge at Hiram to Tygart Reservoir)
Teter Creek, Barbour County, 6 miles away
      Class IV - 4 miles long (Nestorville to Tygart River)
Sandy Creek, Barbour/ Taylor/ Preston County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 5.1 miles long (Bridge on West Virginia 92 to bridge at Hiram)
Tygart Valley River, Barbour County, 10 miles away
      Class III-V - 11.8 miles long (Belington to Buckhannon River)
Tygart Valley River, Taylor/ Marion County, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1.5 miles long (Valley Falls to Hammond)
Whiteday Creek, Taylor Monongalia Marion County, 11 miles away
      Class I-III - 10.7 miles long (Confluence of Cherry Run to Monongahela River)
Middle Fork, Barbour County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Audra State Park to Tygart River Confluence)
Buckhannon River, Barbour County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 2.3 miles long (Rangoon to Tygart Junction)
 Ski Areas Near Tygart Valley River:
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 39 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 41 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 43 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 46 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 63 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 66 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 68 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Boyce Park, Pennsylvania , 69 miles away, 180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 75 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 86 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
 Marinas Near Tygart Valley River:
Tygart Lake Marina, Grafton , 7 miles away
 Hotels Near Tygart Valley River:
Red Roof Inn Fairmont, Fairmont , 15 miles away
Hyatt Place Baltimore/Owings Mills, Owings Mills , 15 miles away
Clarion Inn Fairmont, Fairmont , 17 miles away
ELKINS INN AND SUITES, Elkins , 17 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites ELKINS, Elkins , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Tygart Valley River:
Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area, Simpson, 5 miles away
Grafton City Park, Grafton, 6 miles away
Whisper Mountain Campground, Roanoke, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Tygart Valley River:
South Haddix Trail, Tucker , 16 miles away
Pheasant Mountain Trail, Tucker , 16 miles away
Shingle Tree Trail, Tucker , 18 miles away
Shingle Tree Run Trail, Tucker , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Tygart Valley River:
Tygart Lake State Park, West Virginia , 4 miles away
Audra State Park, West Virginia , 12 miles away
Valley Falls State Park, West Virginia , 12 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Tygart Valley River:
Tygart Lake Public Golf Course, Grafton , 8 miles away
Paradise Lake Golf Course, Morgantown , 15 miles away
Green Hills Country Club, Fairmont , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Tygart Valley River
Rock Lake, Marion , 12 miles away

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