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West Virginia whitewater, Waites Run

Hardy county, Wilson Cove to West Virginia 55 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV     6.8 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in West Virginia is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. This stretch of Waites Run in West Virginia is 6.8 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-IV section. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Winchester, there's a road map further down the page with more
    info on that. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came.
The natural beauty of West Virginia and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good places. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Wilson Cove to West Virginia 55 section is one of them. On this section you do get some distance, it's good length  
for a morning trip. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
The peaks of the Great North Mountain dominate the scenery of this vicinity. Richard Farm Spring is an inspiring place to pop by during your stay, and Waites Run is not far at all from Wardensville. A river like this is too good to miss. There's good hiking along the Halfmoon Lookout Trail, and a short tour to Wardensville Spring is always worthwhile. Don't leave Waites Run without first going for a hike along the Peer Trail. The amount of rain that falls at Waites Run is close to the national average.

Waites Run, Wilson Cove to West Virginia 55 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 Waites Run.
 Whitewater Near Waites Run:
Waites Run, Hardy County, 2 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.8 miles long (Wilson Cove to West Virginia 55)
Lost River, Hardy County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 6 miles long (West Virginia 55/259 to West Virginia 259)
Trout Run, Hardy County, 6 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7 miles long (Halfmoon Trail to West Virginia 55/259 bridge)
Cedar Creek, Shenandoah / Frederick County, 8 miles away
      Class II - 9 miles long (Above Route 55)
North River, Hardy/ Hampshire County, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.5 miles long (Grassy Lick Run to Rio at West Virginia 29 bridge)
Cedar Creek, Shenandoah/ Frederick County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 20 miles long (Route 55 to Route 11)
Stony Creek - North fork Shenandoah Tributary, Shenandoah County, 12 miles away
      Class I-III - 15.5 miles long (Liberty Furnace to North Fork Shenandoah)
Tearcoat Creek, Hampshire County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.9 miles long (US 50 Close to Pleasantdale to confluence of North River)
Back Creek - Potomac Tributary, Frederick County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Route 704 bridge to Route 50)
Lost River, Hampshire County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 15 miles long (Lost River to West Virginia 55/259)
 Ski Areas Near Waites Run:
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 17 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 37 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 56 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 58 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 60 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 66 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 67 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 71 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 72 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 72 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
 Hotels Near Waites Run:
Comfort Inn Woodstock, Woodstock , 10 miles away
Holiday Inn Express WOODSTOCK-SHENANDOAH VALLEY, Woodstock , 10 miles away
HAMPTON INN AND SUITES WOODSTOCK, Woodstock , 10 miles away
Econo Lodge Woodstock, Woodstock , 11 miles away
Super 8 Mount Jackson/New Market Area, Mount Jackson , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Waites Run:
Hawk Campground, Hampshire County, 7 miles away
Wolf Gap, Lost City, 10 miles away
Short Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Delray, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Waites Run:
Peer Trail, Hardy , 4 miles away
Halfmoon Lookout Trail, Hardy , 4 miles away
Little Sluice Mountain Trail, Shenandoah , 6 miles away
Fetzer Gap Trail, Shenandoah , 6 miles away
Mill Mountain Trail, Shenandoah , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Waites Run:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 23 miles away
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Harpers Ferry - WV , 58 miles away
Shenandoah River Andy Guest State Park, Virginia , 22 miles away
Lost River State Park, West Virginia , 22 miles away
Cacapon State Park, West Virginia , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Waites Run:
Bryce Golf Course, Basye , 17 miles away
Glade Springs Resort Golf Course, Daniels , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Waites Run
Warden Lake, Hardy , 5 miles away
Woodstock Reservoir, Shenandoah , 13 miles away
Lake Laura, Shenandoah , 19 miles away

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