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West Virginia whitewater, Birch River

Nicholas Braxton county, Cora Brown Bridge to confluence of Diatter Run section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     10.5 miles
  The nature scenery of Nicholas/Braxton County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The starting point is not too far from Oak Hill, as you can see on the road map further down. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Cora Brown Bridge to confluence of Diatter Run stretch is one of them. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother
    nature are great attractions for lots of people. 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. There are campgrounds quite near
the river where you can camp. The Cora Brown Bridge to confluence of Diatter Run section of Birch River in West Virginia is 10.5 miles long and it is classified as a class I-III section by American Whitewater. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling spots. This stretch is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag.

about the general area:
People from Birch River love to come to Birch River. For the period of the months of summer here at Birch River, high temperatures usually reach the 80's. For the duration of the dark hours of summer temperatures sink down into the 60's. High temperatures through the wintertime are normally in the 30's with winter lows in the 10's overnight here at Birch River. A great deal of precipitation falls at Birch River. The wettest month of the year is generally July, that's the one that rains the most, and February is when it's the driest.

Birch River, Cora Brown Bridge to confluence of Diatter Run 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 Birch River.
 Whitewater Near Birch River:
Birch River, Nicholas/Braxton County, 3 miles away
      Class I-III - 10.5 miles long (Cora Brown Bridge to confluence of Diatter Run)
Little Birch River, Braxton County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 3.6 miles long (US 19 to confluence of Birch River)
Muddlety Creek, Nicholas County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.5 miles long (West Virginia 41 to Summersville Lake)
Birch River, Webster/Nicholas County, 13 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 8.8 miles long (Boggs to Birch River)
Laurel Creek - Elk River Tributary, Webster/ Braxton County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.4 miles long (Erbacon to Centralia)
Big Beaver Creek, Nicholas County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4.5 miles long (Craigsville to Gauley River)
Gauley River, Webster/Nicholas County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 9.8 miles long (Camden-0n-Gauley to Curtin Bridge)
Gauley River, Nicholas County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 8.4 miles long (Curtin Bridge to confluence with Big Beaver Creek)
Gauley River, Nicholas/ Fayette County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9.8 miles long (Summersville Dam to Mason Branch)
Buffalo Creek - Elk Tributary, Clay County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II - 4.7 miles long (Confluence with Taylor Creek to Swandale)
 Ski Areas Near Birch River:
Winterplace, West Virginia , 56 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 57 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 72 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 99 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
 Marinas Near Birch River:
Bee Run Docks, Sutton , 9 miles away
Summersville Lake Marina, Summersville , 15 miles away
Burnsville Docks, Burnsville , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Birch River:
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Gassaway/Sutton, Gassaway , 7 miles away
Days Inn & Suites Sutton Flatwoods, Sutton , 13 miles away
Quality Inn Summersville, Summersville , 13 miles away
Sleep Inn Summersville, Summersville , 14 miles away
Super 8 Summersville, Summersville , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Birch River:
Holly Gray Park, Sutton, 9 miles away
Bee Run, Sutton, 11 miles away
Flatwoods KOA, Sutton, 13 miles away
 Trails Near Birch River:
Way Back Trail, Nicholas , 18 miles away
Park View Trail, Gilmer , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Birch River:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 43 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 43 miles away
Cedar Creek State Park, West Virginia , 19 miles away
Hawks Nest State Park, West Virginia , 32 miles away
Babcock State Park, West Virginia , 33 miles away
 Lakes Near Birch River
Sutton Lake, Braxton , 10 miles away
Summersville Lake, Nicholas , 19 miles away

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