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West Virginia whitewater, Blackwater River

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


CLASS III-V     7 miles
  The North Fork Confluence to Hendricks section of Blackwater River is 7 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-V section. The put-in location is a short drive from Morgantown, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there
    are others too. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. No matter if you're whitewater
rafting or kayaking there are lots of good spots for that around here. The natural beauty of West Virginia and the water flowing gracefully down Blackwater River beats anything. On this section you do get some distance, it's good length for a morning trip.

Briefly about the general area:
Near Blackwater River you locate the Limerock Trail which is a great hiking trail, and if you're stopping by from Hambleton, you won't be the
only one. Going for a hike on the Canyon Rim Trail is always a great adventure, and you'll never forgive yourself if you don’t go skiing at Canaan Valley since you're here. This river has so much to offer. A tour to Blackwater River wouldn’t be complete without a journey to nearby Blackwater Falls State Park; Blackwater River lays in the shadow of the Backbone Mountain. Blackwater River is a rather wet place ordinarily with a large amount of rain. Most of the rain falls throughout July, and the driest of the months is February. For the duration of the warm months at Blackwater River highs are usually in the 80's.

Blackwater River, North Fork Confluence to Hendricks 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:
Red Run, Tucker County, 4 miles away
      Class V+ - 4 miles long (Ford at FS 13 road to confluence of Dry Fork)
Blackwater River, Tucker County, 4 miles away
      Class III-V - 7 miles long (North Fork Confluence to Hendricks)
Cheat River - Black Fork, Tucker County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Confluence of Blackwater River and Dry Fork at Hendricks to confluence of Shavers Fork)
Otter Creek, Tucker County, 6 miles away
      Class IV - 2.6 miles long (Big Springs Gap to Cheat River)
Cheat River - Dry Fork, Randolph/ Tucker County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12 miles long (Jenningston to Hendricks)
Blackwater River - North Fork, Tucker County, 6 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.9 miles long (Rt. 219 to confluence with Blackwater River)
Blackwater River, Tucker County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2.4 miles long (Blackwater Falls to North Fork Confluence)
Horseshoe Run, Tucker County, 7 miles away
      Class I-III - 9 miles long (Shafer to Bridge above St. George)
Cheat River - Glady Fork, Randolph Tucker County, 7 miles away
      Class I-III - 8.9 miles long (CR 12 bridge Close to Sully to confluence of Dry Fork Close to Gladwin)
Beaver Creek, Tucker County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 11 miles long (Headwaters along Route 93 to Blackwater River)
 Ski Areas Near Blackwater River:
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 11 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 13 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 29 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 46 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 54 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 56 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 58 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 64 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 64 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 68 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
 Hotels Near Blackwater River:
Iron Road Inn, Elkins , 21 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites ELKINS, Elkins , 21 miles away
Hampton Inn Elkins, Elkins , 21 miles away
ELKINS INN AND SUITES, Elkins , 21 miles away
The Preston County Inn, Kingwood , 22 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Blackwater River:
Horseshoe, Hambleton, 5 miles away
Blackwater Falls State Park, Thomas, 6 miles away
Five River Campgrounds, Parsons, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Blackwater River:
Limerock Trail, Tucker , 0 miles away
Canyon Rim Trail, Tucker , 1 miles away
Flat Rock Trail, Tucker , 1 miles away
Mountain Side Trail, Tucker , 2 miles away
Boundary Trail, Tucker , 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Blackwater River:
Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia , 6 miles away
Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia , 30 miles away
Tygart Lake State Park, West Virginia , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Blackwater River:
Golf Holly Meadows Golf Course, Parsons , 7 miles away

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