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Pennsylvania whitewater, Wills Creek

Fairhope to Hyndman section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV(V)     3.5 miles
Drive a another mile until you cross the rail tracks and make a quick left down a dirt rd that follows the rail track. Follow 200yrd until you reach the train observation deck and park here. Cross the tracks and look at the wounderful 3 shelf drop. If you would like to run it, head right down throught trail above fall. Start river right and work to left as you exit last shelf. watch the nice keeper and the bottem left at very high water.
    Says Brendon

Water between fairhope and hyndman is full of bolders and water depths drop a lot in summer months. i advice that rafting should be done in the spring. Says tom (see picture)

If you're coming
from Cumberland it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The beautiful scenery of -blank- County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people from near and far. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The  
Fairhope to Hyndman section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. This stretch of Wills Creek in -blank- County is 3.5 miles long and has been rated as a class III-IV(V) section by American Whitewater. There's camping available near Wills Creek. This stretch is short so better bring some good walking shoes. The average Pennsylvania whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so better not forget that the rivers in this state are less demanding. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of places for that.

Wills Creek, Fairhope to Hyndman road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Wills Creek.
 Whitewater Near Wills Creek:
Wills Creek, -blank- County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 3.5 miles long (Fairhope to Hyndman)
Brush Creek, Somerset County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.2 miles long (Covered Bridge to Wills Creek)
Wills Creek, Allegany County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.1 miles long (Ellerslie to North Branch Potomac)
Wills Creek, Somerset County, 6 miles away
      Class II-IV - 18.7 miles long (Glencoe to Ellerslie)
Evitts Creek, Bedford (PA) and Allegany (MD) County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 13.5 miles long (Lake Gordon Dam to Maryland Route 51)
Jennings Run, Allegany County, 9 miles away
      Class III+ - 3.5 miles long (Barrelville to Wills Creek)
Flintstone Creek, Allegany County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III - 3.5 miles long (Flintstone Creek Road to Town Creek)
Dark Shade Creek, Somerset County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.1 miles long (Rockingham to Clear Shade)
Stonycreek River, Somerset County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.97 miles long (Shanksville to Mostoller)
Town Creek, -blank- County, 17 miles away
      Class I - 27 miles long (I-68 to Potomac River)
 Ski Areas Near Wills Creek:
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 29 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 33 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 36 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 38 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 44 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 54 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 61 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 63 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Boyce Park, Pennsylvania , 76 miles away, 180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 76 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
 Hotels Near Wills Creek:
Hampton Inn Bedford, Bedford , 8 miles away
Sleep Inn & Suites Cumberland-LaVale, Cumberland , 9 miles away
Ramada Cumberland Downtown, Cumberland , 10 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Cumberland, Cumberland , 10 miles away
Rocky Gap Casino Resort, Flintstone , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Wills Creek:
Reserve World, Cumberland, 10 miles away
Rocky Gap State Park, Flintstone, 11 miles away
Hidden Springs Campground, Flintstone, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Wills Creek:
Old Mail Trail, Bedford , 5 miles away
Evitts Mountain Trail, Bedford , 12 miles away
Fair View Trail, Bedford , 13 miles away
Wigfield Trail, Bedford , 14 miles away
Dickens Trail, Bedford , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Wills Creek:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 66 miles away
Blue Knob State Park, Pennsylvania , 27 miles away
Cacapon State Park, West Virginia , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Wills Creek:
Cumberland Country Club, Cumberland , 9 miles away
Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort, Flintstone , 10 miles away
Northwinds Golf Course, Central City , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Wills Creek
Lake Gordon, Bedford , 8 miles away
Lake Habeeb, Allegany , 10 miles away
Indian Lake, Somerset , 13 miles away

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