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West Virginia whitewater, Big Sandy Creek

Preston county, Bruceton Mills to Rockville section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     5.8 miles
  The Bruceton Mills to Rockville stretch of Big Sandy Creek in Preston County is 5.8 miles long and it is classified as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater. The beautiful scenery of West Virginia and the cool fresh water beats anything. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the
    Bruceton Mills to Rockville stretch is just one of many. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's good length for a morning trip. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great
reasons to come. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. 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 visiting here do keep in mind that the rivers in  
this state are less demanding.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Big Sandy Creek you'll possibly meet some folks from Bruceton Mills, and if you're here you can take a hike along the Mile Trail. The amount of rainfall that falls at Big Sandy Creek is close to the national average. During the month of July you get the most rain around here while February is typically the driest month. Summer brings highs in the 80's to Big Sandy Creek with overnight lows in the 60's. For the period of the winter the highs are commonly in the 30's; night lows through the winter for Big Sandy Creek tend to be in the 10's.

Big Sandy Creek, Bruceton Mills to Rockville 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 Big Sandy Creek.
 Whitewater Near Big Sandy Creek:
Big Sandy Creek, Preston County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5.3 miles long (Rockville to Jenkinsburg Bridge)
Sovern Run, Preston County, 2 miles away
      Class IV - 0.8 miles long (Co. Road 14-3 to Rockville)
Big Sandy Creek, Preston County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.8 miles long (Bruceton Mills to Rockville)
Little Sandy Creek, Preston County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.35 miles long (Rt 26 to Big Sandy Creek)
Laurel Run, Preston County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 5.2 miles long (CR 2 bridge to confluence of Big Sandy Creek)
Cheat River, Preston/Monongalia County, 5 miles away
      Class III - 10 miles long (Jenkinsburg Bridge to Cheat Lake)
Muddy Creek, Preston County, 5 miles away
      Class IV - 2.5 miles long (West Virginia 26 to Cheat River)
Big Sandy Creek, Preston WV / Fayette/PA County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (Pennsylvania-West Virginia State Line to Bruceton Mills)
Beaver Creek, Preston County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.1 miles long (CR 11/1 to confluence with Little Sandy Creek)
Bull Run, Preston County, 7 miles away
      Class V+ - 2.8 miles long (Bull Run to Cheat River)
 Ski Areas Near Big Sandy Creek:
Wisp, Maryland , 22 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 34 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 37 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 37 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 37 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Boyce Park, Pennsylvania , 46 miles away, 180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 46 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 67 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 76 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 86 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
 Marinas Near Big Sandy Creek:
Sunset Beach Marina, Morgantown , 13 miles away
Two Rivers Marina & Campground, Dilliner , 18 miles away
Chuck's Boat Club, Mc Clellandtown , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Big Sandy Creek:
The Preston County Inn, Kingwood , 8 miles away
Homestead Inn, Reedsville , 10 miles away
Lakeview Golf Resort And Spa, Morgantown , 12 miles away
Hyatt Place Baltimore/Owings Mills, Owings Mills , 14 miles away
Holiday Inn Express MORGANTOWN, Morgantown , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Sandy Creek:
Pinhill Campground, Hazelton, 4 miles away
Pine Hill Campground, Bruceton Mills, 4 miles away
Chestnut Ridge Regional Park and Campground, Bruceton Mills, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Big Sandy Creek:
Mile Trail, Fayette , 12 miles away
Great Gorge Trail, Fayette , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Sandy Creek:
Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia , 30 miles away
Valley Falls State Park, West Virginia , 30 miles away
Tygart Lake State Park, West Virginia , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Sandy Creek:
Uniontown Country Club, Uniontown , 14 miles away
Duck Hollow Golf Club, Uniontown , 17 miles away
Springdale Golf Club, Uniontown , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Sandy Creek
Town of Masontown Water Supply D Lake, Preston , 10 miles away
Cheat Lake, Monongalia , 13 miles away

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