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West Virginia whitewater, Big Sandy Creek

Preston county, Rockville to Jenkinsburg Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     5.3 miles
  The Rockville to Jenkinsburg Bridge stretch of Big Sandy Creek is 5.3 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV-V section. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in West Virginia are often more forgiving than in other states, so keep in mind that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Morgantown, as you can see on the road map
    further down. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. On this section you do get some distance, you can
easily run it on an afternoon. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The scenic beauty of West Virginia and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water will make you feel great. The Rockville to Jenkinsburg Bridge section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting  
or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling places.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Big Sandy Creek there are plenty of people from Masontown; if the weather is magnificent, you can go for a hike along the Mile Trail. Summertime highs at Big Sandy Creek frequently tend to be in the 80's, and during the night it cools down to the 60's. The winter comes with highs in the 30's, and winter nights come with lows in the 10's to Big Sandy Creek. From a precipitation point of view Big Sandy Creek is a rather normal site. Through July this area sees the most rain, and the driest month of the year is February.

Big Sandy Creek, Rockville to Jenkinsburg Bridge 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:
Sovern Run, Preston County, 1 miles away
      Class IV - 0.8 miles long (Co. Road 14-3 to Rockville)
Big Sandy Creek, Preston County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5.3 miles long (Rockville to Jenkinsburg Bridge)
Cheat River, Preston/Monongalia County, 2 miles away
      Class III - 10 miles long (Jenkinsburg Bridge to Cheat Lake)
Bull Run, Preston County, 4 miles away
      Class V+ - 2.8 miles long (Bull Run to Cheat River)
Big Sandy Creek, Preston County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.8 miles long (Bruceton Mills to Rockville)
Little Sandy Creek, Preston County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.35 miles long (Rt 26 to Big Sandy Creek)
Deckers Creek, Preston County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1 miles long (Masontown to Preston County line)
Laurel Run, Preston County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 5.2 miles long (CR 2 bridge to confluence of Big Sandy Creek)
Muddy Creek, Preston County, 7 miles away
      Class IV - 2.5 miles long (West Virginia 26 to Cheat River)
Big Sandy Creek, Preston WV / Fayette/PA County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (Pennsylvania-West Virginia State Line to Bruceton Mills)
 Ski Areas Near Big Sandy Creek:
Wisp, Maryland , 25 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 37 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 38 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 38 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 40 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 , 49 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 66 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 79 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 88 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Marinas Near Big Sandy Creek:
Sunset Beach Marina, Morgantown , 10 miles away
Two Rivers Marina & Campground, Dilliner , 16 miles away
Chuck's Boat Club, Mc Clellandtown , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Big Sandy Creek:
Homestead Inn, Reedsville , 7 miles away
The Preston County Inn, Kingwood , 8 miles away
Lakeview Golf Resort And Spa, Morgantown , 9 miles away
Holiday Inn Express MORGANTOWN, Morgantown , 12 miles away
Super 8 Morgantown, Morgantown , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Sandy Creek:
Coopers Rock State Forest, Masontown, 5 miles away
Chestnut Ridge Regional Park, Lake Lynn, 5 miles away
Pinhill Campground, Hazelton, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Big Sandy Creek:
Mile Trail, Fayette , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Sandy Creek:
Valley Falls State Park, West Virginia , 27 miles away
Tygart Lake State Park, West Virginia , 28 miles away
Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Sandy Creek:
Paradise Lake Golf Course, Morgantown , 14 miles away
Uniontown Country Club, Uniontown , 14 miles away
Springdale Golf Club, Uniontown , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Sandy Creek
Town of Masontown Water Supply D Lake, Preston , 7 miles away
Cheat Lake, Monongalia , 11 miles away

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