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Virginia whitewater, Laurel Fork

Highland VA : Pendleton WV county, Route 642 to Virginia/West Virginia State line section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III+     9.5 miles
  This stretch of Laurel Fork in Virginia is 9.5 miles long and is a class II-III+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The scenic beauty of Highland VA : Pendleton WV County and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. If you're coming from Staunton-Waynesboro 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.
    Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great attractions for lots of people. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, you can easily run it on an afternoon. If you've
been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you  
come because it is a very popular destination. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well.

Briefly about the general area:
Laurel Fork is right by the Laurel Fork Trail, and while you're here you will meet lots of folks from nearby Blue Grass. The Christian Run Trail offers hiking at its best. Laurel Fork is a reasonably wet place mostly with a lot of rain. The month with most of the rain is July; the driest month of the year is February. For the period of the warmest time of the year, highs regularly are in the 80's at Laurel Fork with overnight lows in the 50's.

Laurel Fork, Route 642 to Virginia/West Virginia State line 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 Laurel Fork.
 Whitewater Near Laurel Fork:
Potomac River - South Branch, Highland County, 1 miles away
      Class I-II - 1 miles long (Confluence of Straight Creek to state line)
Potomac River - Laurel Fork of North Fork of South Branch, Highland VA: Pendleton WV County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.5 miles long (State line to confluence of Straight Fork)
Roaring Creek, Preston County, 3 miles away
      Class IV - 6.1 miles long (County Road 3-12 to Cheat River)
Laurel Fork, Highland VA : Pendleton WV County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 9.5 miles long (Route 642 to Virginia/West Virginia State line)
Big Run River, Pendleton County, 5 miles away
      Class II+ - 3.7 miles long (Confluence with Teeter Camp Run to Cherry Grove)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Pendleton County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.3 miles long (Confluence of Laurel Fork and Straight Fork to Cherry Grove)
Greenbrier River - East Fork, Pocahontas County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.1 miles long (FS 51 to Island Campground)
Greenbrier River - East Fork, Pocahontas County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.9 miles long (Island Campground to confluence with West Fork at Durbin)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Pendleton County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 9.8 miles long (Cherry Grove to Riverton)
Little River, Pocahontas County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 3 miles long (FS 17 to Burner)
 Ski Areas Near Laurel Fork:
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 27 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 28 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 30 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 37 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 57 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 57 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 59 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 60 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 83 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 85 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Hotels Near Laurel Fork:
Super 8 Elkins, Elkins , 25 miles away
Hampton Inn Elkins, Elkins , 25 miles away
Iron Road Inn, Elkins , 26 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites ELKINS, Elkins , 27 miles away
ELKINS INN AND SUITES, Elkins , 27 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Laurel Fork:
Buffalo Lake Dispersed, Bartow, 7 miles away
Island Campground, Pocahontas County, 7 miles away
Spruce Knob Lake Campground, Randolph County, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Laurel Fork:
Christian Run Trail, Highland , 0 miles away
Laurel Fork Trail, Highland , 1 miles away
Middle Mountain Trail, Highland , 1 miles away
Locust Spring Run Trail, Highland , 2 miles away
Big Mountain Trail, Pendleton , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Laurel Fork:
Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia , 16 miles away
Seneca State Forest, West Virginia , 19 miles away
Cass Railroad State Park, West Virginia , 23 miles away

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