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Maryland whitewater, Bennett Creek

Frederick county, MD Route 355 to Monocacy River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     8 miles
  This stretch of Bennett Creek in Maryland is 8 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-II section. The natural beauty of Frederick County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so if you're not from around here don't forget that the rivers in this state are
    less demanding. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come.
If you're coming from Gettysburg it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. The MD Route 355 to Monocacy River stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. This stretch has has enough mileage, suitable for an afternoon trip.

about the general area:
There are plenty of folks from Buckeystown here at Bennett Creek; Seneca Creek State Park is a good spot to go. The amount of rainfall that falls at Bennett Creek is close to the national average. The month with most of the rain is May while February is the month with the least amount of precipitation. For the period of the days of summer highs here at Bennett Creek reach the 80's. Summer nighttime lows fall down to the 60's. The cold days of the wintertime come with highs in the 30's, and nighttime lows at Bennett Creek all through the wintertime ordinarily sink into the 20's.

Bennett Creek, MD Route 355 to Monocacy River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Bennett Creek.
 Whitewater Near Bennett Creek:
Bennett Creek, Frederick County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II - 8 miles long (MD Route 355 to Monocacy River)
Potomac River, Montgomery County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 4 miles long (Violette's Lock - GW Canal Loop)
Catoctin Creek, Loudon County, 14 miles away
      Class II - 4.5 miles long (SR 663 to Potomac Confluence)
Catoctin Creek, Frederick County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 28.8 miles long (US 40 to Potomac River)
Middle creek, Frederick County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III(V) - 6.3 miles long (Wolfsville to Myersville)
Owens Creek, Frederick County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (Rocky Ridge Road to Monocacy River)
Goose Creek, Loudoun County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 2.5 miles long (Fairfax Dam to Goose Creek Country Club)
Little Seneca Creek, Montgomery County, 18 miles away
      Class II(III) - 5.2 miles long (Boyds to Darnestown)
Hunting Creek, Fredrick County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 2.5 miles long (Catoctin Hollow Road to Frank Bentz Lake)
Potomac River, Montgomery County, 19 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.6 miles long (Through Great Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Bennett Creek:
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 24 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania , 53 miles away, 600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 15 runs
Tussey Mountain, Pennsylvania , 82 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 97 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 99 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
 Hotels Near Bennett Creek:
MainStay Suites Frederick, Frederick , 4 miles away
Comfort Inn Frederick, Frederick , 4 miles away
Homewood Suites By Hilton Frederick, Frederick , 4 miles away
TownePlace Suites Frederick, Frederick , 4 miles away
Sleep Inn Frederick, Frederick , 4 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bennett Creek:
C and O Canal NHP - Indian Flats, Tuscarora, 7 miles away
Calico Rocks Campground, Frederick County, 10 miles away
C and O Canal NHP - Marble Quarry, Leesburg, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Bennett Creek:
Paw Paw Passage Trail, Fairfax , 18 miles away
Meadow Trail, Fairfax , 18 miles away
Cunningham Falls Nature Trail, Frederick , 18 miles away
Potomac Heritage Trail, Fairfax , 18 miles away
High Rock Nature Trail, Frederick , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Bennett Creek:
Catoctin Mountain Park, Thurmont - MD , 16 miles away
Wolf Trap Farm Park, Vienna - VA , 22 miles away
Seneca Creek State Park, Maryland , 9 miles away
Patuxent River State Park, Maryland , 18 miles away
Greenbrier State Park, West Virginia , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Bennett Creek:
Worthington Manor Golf Club, Frederick , 2 miles away
PB Dye Golf Club, Ijamsville , 3 miles away
P B Dye Golf Club, Ijamsville , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Bennett Creek
Culler Lake, Frederick , 7 miles away
Hunting Creek Lake, Frederick , 18 miles away

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