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Pennsylvania whitewater, Big Cove Creek

Fulton county, T379 to Licking Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     12 miles
  The T379 to Licking Creek stretch of Big Cove Creek is 12 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-III section. The beautiful scenery of Pennsylvania and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. This stretch is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so pack your camp stove. The starting location is a short drive from Hagerstown-Martinsburg,
    please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling rivers.
Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Pennsylvania is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the T379 to Licking Creek section is one of them. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but  
if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
There's nice hiking along the Pittman Trail; there are plenty of people from Big Cove Tannery here. The Lockard Trail offers hiking at its best. Throughout the long summer days at Big Cove Creek temperatures are generally in the 80's while night lows are commonly in the 50's. Highs during the wintertime are typically in the 30's while the cold winter nights at Big Cove Creek are in the 10's. A normal amount of rainfall falls here at Big Cove Creek. All through the month of May you get the most rain around here; January meanwhile is the driest month.

Big Cove Creek, T379 to Licking 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 Big Cove Creek.
 Whitewater Near Big Cove Creek:
Big Cove Creek, Fulton County, 2 miles away
      Class I-III - 12 miles long (T379 to Licking Creek)
Sleepy Creek, Morgan County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.7 miles long (CR 9 to Potomac confluence)
Licking Creek, Fulton County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 8 miles long (Knobsville to US Route 30)
Sideling Hill Creek, Fulton / Huntingdon County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 20 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 915 to LR31009)
Back Creek, Berkeley County, 15 miles away
      Class II(III) - 8 miles long (West Virginia 9 to McCoy's Ferry)
Sleepy Creek - Meadow Branch, Berkeley/ Morgan County, 17 miles away
      Class II-V - 9.9 miles long (Sleepy Creek Dam to CR9)
Sleepy Creek, Morgan County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 12.3 miles long (CR 13 to CR 9)
Sideling Hill Creek, Allegany / Washington County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II - 27 miles long (Sr 2011 to Potomac river)
Great Trough Creek, Huntingdon County, 25 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.3 miles long (T370 to Trough Creek State Park)
Antietam Creek, Washington County, 27 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (Oak Bridge to Highway 68)
 Ski Areas Near Big Cove Creek:
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 42 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 48 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Tussey Mountain, Pennsylvania , 55 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 72 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 78 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania , 81 miles away, 600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 15 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 83 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 86 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 89 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 90 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Big Cove Creek:
Super 8 Hancock MD, Hancock , 10 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Hancock, Hancock , 11 miles away
Sleep Inn & Suites Clear Spring, Clear Spring , 13 miles away
Quality Inn Breeze Manor, Breezewood , 14 miles away
Econo Lodge Breezewood, Breezewood , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Cove Creek:
Saunderosa Park, Mercersburg, 7 miles away
Little Pool Campground, Washington County, 8 miles away
C and O Canal NHP - Little Pool, Hancock, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Big Cove Creek:
Pittman Trail, Fulton , 10 miles away
Lockard Trail, Fulton , 10 miles away
Lincoln Trail, Franklin , 10 miles away
Roaring Run Trail, Fulton , 10 miles away
Ensley Trail, Fulton , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Cove Creek:
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Harpers Ferry - WV , 33 miles away
Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, McLean - VA , 33 miles away
Cacapon State Park, West Virginia , 23 miles away
Greenbrier State Park, West Virginia , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Cove Creek:
Whitetail Golf Resort, Mercersburg , 11 miles away
The Woods Resort & Conference Center, Hedgesville , 17 miles away
Woodbrier Golf Course, Falling Waters , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Cove Creek
Sleepy Creek Lake, Berkeley , 18 miles away

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