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Pennsylvania whitewater, Paint Creek

Somerset county, SR 56 to Stonycreek River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V     2.7 miles
  This section of Paint Creek is 2.7 miles long and has been rated as a class V section by American Whitewater. The beautiful scenery of Pennsylvania and the playfulness of the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. If you're coming from Johnstown it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. No need to look hard for hotels, but if
    you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the SR 56 to Stonycreek River section is one of them. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the
great campgrounds nearby. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other states, so keep in mind that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling rivers.

Briefly about the general
The great people of Stoystown like to hang out close by, and there is a splendid hiking trail close by called the John P Saylor Trail. The Lost Turkey Trail is a delightful hiking trail close to Paint Creek. For the duration of the months of summer at Paint Creek highs are commonly in the 70's while overnight lows are ordinarily in the 50's. The cold days of the winter come with highs in the 30's with temperatures at Paint Creek dipping down into the 10's during winter nights. The amount of precipitation that falls at Paint Creek is close to the national average. Most of the rain falls during July while February is regularly the driest month.

Paint Creek, SR 56 to Stonycreek 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 Paint Creek.
 Whitewater Near Paint Creek:
Paint Creek, Somerset County, 1 miles away
      Class V - 2.7 miles long (SR 56 to Stonycreek River)
Stonycreek River, Somerset County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.6 miles long (Foustwell to Carpenters Park)
Stonycreek River, Somerset County, 4 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 1.7 miles long (Hollsopple to Foustwell)
Roaring Fork, Somerset County, 5 miles away
      Class IV - 1.5 miles long (Rt 160 Bridge to confluence with Shade Creek)
Hinckston Run, Cambria County, 5 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.1 miles long (Hinckston Falls Area)
Conemaugh River, Cambria/ Westmoreland County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 25.9 miles long (Johnstown to Torrance)
Shade Creek, Somerset County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.6 miles long (Confluence of Dark and Clear Shade to Stony Creek)
Little Conemaugh River, Cambria County, 8 miles away
      Class II - 10.2 miles long (South Fork to Johnstown)
Dark Shade Creek, Somerset County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.1 miles long (Rockingham to Clear Shade)
Clear Shade Creek, Somerset County, 9 miles away
      Class III - 5.5 miles long (Crum Road to Shade Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Paint Creek:
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 21 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 22 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 29 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 32 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 50 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Boyce Park, Pennsylvania , 62 miles away, 180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 73 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 76 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 76 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Tussey Mountain, Pennsylvania , 82 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
 Hotels Near Paint Creek:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites JOHNSTOWN, Johnstown , 1 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Johnstown, Johnstown , 2 miles away
Sleep Inn Johnstown, Johnstown , 2 miles away
Super 8 Johnstown, Johnstown , 4 miles away
Econo Lodge Johnstown, Johnstown , 5 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Paint Creek:
Quemahoning Family Recreation Area, Jerome, 7 miles away
Woodland Park, Ebensburg, 12 miles away
Nanty Glo Municipal Authority Pool and Park, Nanty Glo, 12 miles away
 Trails Near Paint Creek:
Lost Turkey Trail, Somerset , 8 miles away
John P Saylor Trail, Somerset , 8 miles away
Wolf Rocks Trail, Somerset , 9 miles away
Old '56' Trail, Somerset , 9 miles away
Roger Mountain Trail, Indiana , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Paint Creek:
Blue Knob State Park, Pennsylvania , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Paint Creek:
Richland Greens Golf Center, Johnstown , 2 miles away
Windber Country Club, Salix , 7 miles away
North Fork Golf Club, Johnstown , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Paint Creek
Quemahoning Reservoir, Somerset , 6 miles away
Indian Lake, Somerset , 12 miles away

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