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Pennsylvania whitewater, Roaring Fork

Somerset county, Rt 160 Bridge to confluence with Shade Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV     1.5 miles
  The Rt 160 Bridge to confluence with Shade Creek stretch of Roaring Fork in Pennsylvania is 1.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class IV section. The nature scenery of Pennsylvania and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Rt 160 Bridge to confluence with Shade Creek section is one of them. There are plenty of hotels
    here if you want to spend a night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. No matter if
you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots. This stretch is short so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Pennsylvania you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so you'd better keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less demanding.

about the general area:
The Old '56' Trail is a good hiking trail close to Roaring Fork; this is a popular location for people from Windber. There is a fine hiking trail in the vicinity of Roaring Fork called the Wolf Rocks Trail. Roaring Fork gets a typical amount of annual rainfall. Most of the rain falls all through July while February is the month with the least amount of precipitation. Through the summer at Roaring Fork highs are regularly in the 80's. For the duration of the moonlight hours it's usually in the 50's. The cold days of the winter come with highs in the 30's, and throughout the dark hours in the winter at Roaring Fork temperatures plunge to the 10's.

Roaring Fork, Rt 160 Bridge to confluence with Shade 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 Roaring Fork.
 Whitewater Near Roaring Fork:
Roaring Fork, Somerset County, 1 miles away
      Class IV - 1.5 miles long (Rt 160 Bridge to confluence with Shade Creek)
Shade Creek, Somerset County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.6 miles long (Confluence of Dark and Clear Shade to Stony Creek)
Paint Creek, Somerset County, 4 miles away
      Class V - 2.7 miles long (SR 56 to Stonycreek River)
Stonycreek River, Somerset County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.6 miles long (Foustwell to Carpenters Park)
Dark Shade Creek, Somerset County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.1 miles long (Rockingham to Clear Shade)
Stonycreek River, Somerset County, 6 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 1.7 miles long (Hollsopple to Foustwell)
Clear Shade Creek, Somerset County, 7 miles away
      Class III - 5.5 miles long (Crum Road to Shade Creek)
Hinckston Run, Cambria County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.1 miles long (Hinckston Falls Area)
Stonycreek River, Somerset County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.97 miles long (Shanksville to Mostoller)
Conemaugh River, Cambria/ Westmoreland County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 25.9 miles long (Johnstown to Torrance)
 Ski Areas Near Roaring Fork:
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 21 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 22 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 29 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 33 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 49 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Boyce Park, Pennsylvania , 64 miles away, 180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 71 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 72 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 74 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Tussey Mountain, Pennsylvania , 81 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
 Hotels Near Roaring Fork:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites JOHNSTOWN, Johnstown , 5 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Johnstown, Johnstown , 5 miles away
Sleep Inn Johnstown, Johnstown , 5 miles away
Super 8 Johnstown, Johnstown , 7 miles away
Econo Lodge Johnstown, Johnstown , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Roaring Fork:
Quemahoning Family Recreation Area, Jerome, 8 miles away
Pine Oaks Campground, Friedens, 11 miles away
Woodland Park, Ebensburg, 15 miles away
 Trails Near Roaring Fork:
Old '56' Trail, Somerset , 6 miles away
Wolf Rocks Trail, Somerset , 6 miles away
Lost Turkey Trail, Somerset , 6 miles away
John P Saylor Trail, Somerset , 7 miles away
Roger Mountain Trail, Indiana , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Roaring Fork:
Blue Knob State Park, Pennsylvania , 19 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Roaring Fork:
Richland Greens Golf Center, Johnstown , 6 miles away
Windber Country Club, Salix , 7 miles away
Northwinds Golf Course, Central City , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Roaring Fork
Quemahoning Reservoir, Somerset , 7 miles away
Indian Lake, Somerset , 8 miles away

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