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West Virginia whitewater, Back Creek

Berkeley county, West Virginia 9 to McCoy's Ferry section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II(III)     8 miles
Where do you park a car at McCoy's ferry take out? It looks like there are no roads near the end trip? Says Joe

i do not agree with the II(III) rating of the creek. it is similar in difficulty to nearby sleepy creek and i have no problems paddling this section going upstream (in low water) as well as down. there is also a much more convenient take out at Rt. 3/2 that costs you a mile or so of water but significantly shortens the shuttle.
    have not yet used the new gauge upstream of this section for calibration, but if opequon creek at martinsburg is at 3' and sideling hill creek gauge is at 1.4' - the creek should be up. tilhance creek is very beautiful and
has just about every kind of wildlife as well as nice cliffs. use the Rt. 3/2 take out. you will need close to 60 CFS on Hogue Creek to boat tihance. Says ed evangelidi

The beautiful scenery of Berkeley County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside West Virginia you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so keep in mind that
quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. The West Virginia 9 to McCoy's Ferry section of Back Creek in Berkeley County is 8 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II(III) section of whitewater. This stretch is mid length, suitable for an afternoon trip. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. If you're coming from Hagerstown-Martinsburg it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down.

Back Creek, West Virginia 9 to McCoy's Ferry road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

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These outdoors activities are available near Back Creek.
 Whitewater Near Back Creek:
Back Creek, Berkeley County, 1 miles away
      Class II(III) - 8 miles long (West Virginia 9 to McCoy's Ferry)
Sleepy Creek, Morgan County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.7 miles long (CR 9 to Potomac confluence)
Sleepy Creek - Meadow Branch, Berkeley/ Morgan County, 10 miles away
      Class II-V - 9.9 miles long (Sleepy Creek Dam to CR9)
Big Cove Creek, Fulton County, 15 miles away
      Class I-III - 12 miles long (T379 to Licking Creek)
Sleepy Creek, Morgan County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 12.3 miles long (CR 13 to CR 9)
Antietam Creek, Washington County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (Oak Bridge to Highway 68)
Antietam Creek, Washington County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II - 11 miles long (Highway 68 to Potomac River)
Potomac River, Jefferson WV Washington MD County, 22 miles away
      Class II+ - 2.5 miles long (Harpers Ferry - Dam #3 to Route 340)
Shenandoah River, Jefferson County, 22 miles away
      Class I-II - 3.7 miles long (West Virginia 9 to Millville)
Shenandoah River, Grant Jefferson Loudon County, 22 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (Millville to Harpers Ferry)
 Ski Areas Near Back Creek:
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 45 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 54 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
Tussey Mountain, Pennsylvania , 66 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 66 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania , 80 miles away, 600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 15 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 81 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 86 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 90 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 93 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 94 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Back Creek:
Knights Inn Martinsburg, Martinsburg , 6 miles away
Comfort Inn Aikens Center, Martinsburg , 6 miles away
Super 8 Martinsburg, Martinsburg , 6 miles away
Days Inn Martinsburg, Martinsburg , 6 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Martinsburg, Martinsburg , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Back Creek:
Fort Frederick State Park, Big Pool, 2 miles away
C and O Canal NHP - North Mt, Big Pool, 2 miles away
McCoys Ferry Campground, Washington County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Back Creek:
Lincoln Trail, Franklin , 19 miles away
Plank Trail, Franklin , 19 miles away
Lockard Trail, Fulton , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Back Creek:
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Harpers Ferry - WV , 20 miles away
Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, McLean - VA , 20 miles away
Cacapon State Park, West Virginia , 20 miles away
Greenbrier State Park, West Virginia , 26 miles away
Sky Meadows State Park, Virginia , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Back Creek:
The Woods Resort & Conference Center, Hedgesville , 7 miles away
Stonebridge Golf Club, Martinsburg , 7 miles away
Woodbrier Golf Course, Falling Waters , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Back Creek
Sleepy Creek Lake, Berkeley , 12 miles away

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