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Ohio whitewater, Rocky Fork Creek

Highland county, McCoppin Mill Road to Paint Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     7.5 miles
  The McCoppin Mill Road to Paint Creek stretch of Rocky Fork Creek in Highland County is 7.5 miles long and is a class II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The put-in location is a short drive from Washington, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The scenic beauty of Highland County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here
    to paddle. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. There are campgrounds quite near the river
where you can camp. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Ohio is often easier than elsewhere, so keep in mind that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the McCoppin Mill Road to Paint Creek section is one of them. This stretch has has enough mileage, suitable for an afternoon trip. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with  
not too many other places for that. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came.

Briefly about the general area:
Paint Creek State Park is a good spot, and there's pleasant hiking along the George Trail. A visit to Rocky Fork State Park revives the soul, and the Wildwood Trail offers hiking at its best. This river is a wonderful place to visit. There's no such thing as a bad day of skiing at nearby Spicy Run Mountain, and lots of people from Cynthiana come here. All the water falling down from the sky makes Rocky Fork Creek a wet spot.

Rocky Fork Creek, McCoppin Mill Road to Paint Creek 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 Rocky Fork Creek.
 Whitewater Near Rocky Fork Creek:
Rocky Fork Creek, Highland County, 3 miles away
      Class II - 7.5 miles long (McCoppin Mill Road to Paint Creek)
Paint Creek, Ross County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 7 miles long (Paint Creek Reservoir to Route 41 Bridge)
Rattlesnake Creek, Highland County, 12 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 3 miles long (Fishback Road to St. Route 28)
Lee's Creek, Highland County, 13 miles away
      Class III - 2.2 miles long (Rt. 28 to Rattlesnake Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Rocky Fork Creek:
Spicy Run Mountain, Ohio , 15 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 9 runs
Mad River Mountain, Ohio , 63 miles away, 300 foot drop, 12 lifts, 24 runs
Snow Trails, Ohio , 100 miles away, 300 foot drop, 7 lifts, 15 runs
 Hotels Near Rocky Fork Creek:
Days Inn Hillsboro, Hillsboro , 15 miles away
Country Hearth Inn And Suites Washington Court House, Washington Court House , 19 miles away
Comfort Inn Seaman, Seaman , 19 miles away
Quality Inn Washington Court House, Jeffersonville , 26 miles away
Hampton Inn Washington Court House, Jeffersonville , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rocky Fork Creek:
Paint Creek State Park - Horseman's Camp, Greenfield, 2 miles away
Paint Creek State Park, Greenfield, 3 miles away
Shady Trails Campground, Hillsboro, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Rocky Fork Creek:
George Trail, Highland , 5 miles away
Wildwood Trail, Highland , 5 miles away
Bench Trail, Highland , 5 miles away
Fort Trail, Highland , 5 miles away
Deer Loop Trail, Highland , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rocky Fork Creek:
Paint Creek State Park, Ohio , 4 miles away
Rocky Fork State Park, Ohio , 6 miles away
Pike Lake State Park, Ohio , 12 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rocky Fork Creek:
Rocky Fork Golf Course, Hillsboro , 9 miles away
Valley Vista Golf Course, Bainbridge , 10 miles away
Buckeye Hills Country Club, Greenfield , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Rocky Fork Creek
Rocky Fork Lake, Highland , 3 miles away
Longs Retreat Lake, Pike , 8 miles away
Pike Lake, Pike , 12 miles away

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