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West Virginia whitewater, Blackwater River

Tucker county, Wildlife Preserve to Davis section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II(III)     11 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside West Virginia you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so better not forget that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. This section of Blackwater River in West Virginia is 11 miles long and has been rated as a class I-II(III) section by American Whitewater. The beautiful scenery of West Virginia and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. And of course,
    there are campgrounds nearby. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Morgantown, as you can see on the road map further down. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while are
sure to keep you coming back for more. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so go ahead and pack your camp stove. Lodging is available near the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Wildlife Preserve to Davis section is just one of them. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either  
way this is an area with plenty of rivers for that.

Briefly about the general area:
Devils Run Spring is always fun to check out, and you'll meet a lot of people from Davis here. A spree to Blackwater Falls State Park when you're here at Blackwater River is a pleasant idea; you can go for a hike on the Lindy Run Trail. The surroundings of this river have so much to offer. You can never get enough of the magnificent skiing at Timberline; magnificent hiking is available along the Plantation Trail. All through the summertime months at Blackwater River temperatures are generally in the 80's while overnight lows are generally in the 50's.

Blackwater River, Wildlife Preserve to Davis 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 I-II(III) - 11 miles long (Wildlife Preserve to Davis)
Beaver Creek, Tucker County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 11 miles long (Headwaters along Route 93 to Blackwater River)
Blackwater River, Tucker County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2.4 miles long (Blackwater Falls to North Fork Confluence)
Blackwater River - North Fork, Tucker County, 4 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.9 miles long (Rt. 219 to confluence with Blackwater River)
Potomac River - North Branch, Grant WV Garrett MD County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Henry West Virginia to Gormania West Virginia)
Potomac River - North Branch, Grant WV Garrett MD County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Henry to Gormania)
Blackwater River, Tucker County, 5 miles away
      Class III-V - 7 miles long (North Fork Confluence to Hendricks)
Red Run, Tucker County, 7 miles away
      Class V+ - 4 miles long (Ford at FS 13 road to confluence of Dry Fork)
Red Creek, Tucker/ Randolph County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.9 miles long (D4149 North Branch Bridge to confluence with Dry Fork)
Horseshoe Run, Tucker County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 9 miles long (Shafer to Bridge above St. George)
 Ski Areas Near Blackwater River:
Timberline, West Virginia , 6 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 7 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 23 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 49 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 50 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 51 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 54 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 58 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 62 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 69 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Blackwater River:
Inn At Deep Creek, Oakland , 21 miles away
Wisp Resort, McHenry , 23 miles away
Quality Inn Deep Creek Lake, McHenry , 24 miles away
The Preston County Inn, Kingwood , 24 miles away
Hyatt Place Baltimore/Owings Mills, Owings Mills , 28 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Blackwater River:
Blackwater Lodge, Davis, 2 miles away
Blackwater Falls Campground, Davis, 2 miles away
Blackwater Falls State Park, Thomas, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Blackwater River:
Lindy Run Trail, Tucker , 6 miles away
Plantation Trail, Tucker , 6 miles away
Boundary Trail, Tucker , 7 miles away
Breathed Mountain Trail, Tucker , 8 miles away
Stonecoal Trail, Tucker , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Blackwater River:
Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia , 4 miles away
Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia , 38 miles away
Lost River State Park, West Virginia , 39 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Blackwater River:
Oakland Golf Club, Oakland , 16 miles away
Golf Holly Meadows Golf Course, Parsons , 17 miles away
Evening Breeze Golf Course, Oakland , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Blackwater River
Mount Storm Lake, Grant , 13 miles away

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