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West Virginia whitewater, Blackwater River

Tucker county, Blackwater Falls to North Fork Confluence section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V+     2.4 miles
  If you're coming from Morgantown it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The Blackwater Falls to North Fork Confluence section of Blackwater River in Tucker County is 2.4 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class IV-V+ section of whitewater. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, and if you make reservations
    in advance you're all set. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good spots. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. If you're
a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in West Virginia are often easier than in other states, so keep in mind that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. This is a bit of a short stretch so better bring some good walking shoes. The wonderful West Virginia scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile.  
There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well.

Briefly about the general area:
Blackwater Falls is a great local attraction, and on a fine day you can take a hike along the Lindy Run Trail. What would winter be without some skiing at Canaan Valley, and there are plenty of people from Thomas here at Blackwater River. At this river you will always have a good time. The Plantation Trail is a delightful hiking trail near Blackwater River; don't leave without going to Blackwater Falls State Park. The warmest time of the year at Blackwater River arrives with high temperatures in the 80's.

Blackwater River, Blackwater Falls to North Fork Confluence 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 Blackwater River.
 Whitewater Near Blackwater River:
Blackwater River, Tucker County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2.4 miles long (Blackwater Falls to North Fork Confluence)
Blackwater River, Tucker County, 1 miles away
      Class III-V - 7 miles long (North Fork Confluence to Hendricks)
Blackwater River - North Fork, Tucker County, 2 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.9 miles long (Rt. 219 to confluence with Blackwater River)
Beaver Creek, Tucker County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 11 miles long (Headwaters along Route 93 to Blackwater River)
Red Run, Tucker County, 3 miles away
      Class V+ - 4 miles long (Ford at FS 13 road to confluence of Dry Fork)
Blackwater River, Tucker County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 11 miles long (Wildlife Preserve to Davis)
Cheat River - Dry Fork, Randolph/ Tucker County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12 miles long (Jenningston to Hendricks)
Horseshoe Run, Tucker County, 7 miles away
      Class I-III - 9 miles long (Shafer to Bridge above St. George)
Potomac River - North Branch, Grant WV Garrett MD County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Henry West Virginia to Gormania West Virginia)
Potomac River - North Branch, Grant WV Garrett MD County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Henry to Gormania)
 Ski Areas Near Blackwater River:
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 8 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 8 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 26 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 50 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 51 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 53 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 53 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 61 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 64 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 67 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Blackwater River:
The Preston County Inn, Kingwood , 23 miles away
Inn At Deep Creek, Oakland , 24 miles away
Hyatt Place Baltimore/Owings Mills, Owings Mills , 25 miles away
Wisp Resort, McHenry , 25 miles away
Iron Road Inn, Elkins , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Blackwater River:
Blackwater Falls State Park, Thomas, 0 miles away
Blackwater Lodge, Davis, 2 miles away
Blackwater Falls Campground, Davis, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Blackwater River:
Lindy Run Trail, Tucker , 2 miles away
Plantation Trail, Tucker , 2 miles away
Boundary Trail, Tucker , 3 miles away
Limerock Trail, Tucker , 5 miles away
Canyon Rim Trail, Tucker , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Blackwater River:
Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia , 0 miles away
Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia , 34 miles away
Tygart Lake State Park, West Virginia , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Blackwater River:
Golf Holly Meadows Golf Course, Parsons , 13 miles away
Oakland Golf Club, Oakland , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Blackwater River
Mount Storm Lake, Grant , 17 miles away

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