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West Virginia whitewater, Cranberry River

Pocahontas Webster county, Cranberry Recreation Area to Big Rock section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     6 miles
From Ripley to Cranberry Says Raymond Gibbs

Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in West Virginia are easier than the national norm, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. The put-in location is a short drive from Oak Hill, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The Cranberry Recreation Area to Big Rock section of Cranberry River in Pocahontas/Webster County
    is 6 miles long and has been rated as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater. The natural beauty of West Virginia and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to
come here to paddle. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad you came. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling rivers. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This stretch is mid length, it's perfect for a one day trip. There  
are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. There's camping available near Cranberry River.

Briefly about the general area:
Pheasant Hollow is a magnificent spot to have a look at close by; hiking along the Pocahontas Trail is great fun. Have a good hiking adventure along the Big Run Trail. Cranberry River is a wet location that gets much rainfall. The wettest month of the year is frequently July, that's the one that rains the most, and February on the other hand is the driest. Summertime at Cranberry River comes with high temperatures in the 80's, and through the night it cools down to the 50's.

Cranberry River, Cranberry Recreation Area to Big Rock 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 Cranberry River.
 Whitewater Near Cranberry River:
Cherry River - North Fork, Nicholas/Greenbrier County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 13 miles long (Third West Virginia 39 and 55 Bridge to Richwood)
Williams River, Pocahontas/Webster County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 10 miles long (Three Forks of Williams to Gauley River)
Cherry River - South Fork, Nicholas/Greenbrier County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 6 miles long (Beech Lick Run to Richwood)
Cranberry River, Pocahontas/Webster County, 9 miles away
      Class II-V - 15 miles long (Above Cranberry Rec Area to Cranberry Rec Area)
Cranberry River, Pocahontas/Webster County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Cranberry Recreation Area to Big Rock)
Cranberry River, Nicholas County, 9 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7 miles long (Big Rock Camping Area to Gauley River)
Robbins Run, Greenbrier County, 9 miles away
      Class III - 2.8 miles long (Confluence of Boggs Run to Confluence of Spring Creek)
Gauley River, Webster County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.3 miles long (Confluence with Turkey Fork to Bolair)
Little Laurel Creek, Greenbrier/Nicholas County, 10 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5.1 miles long (CR39/11 to confluence with Cherry River)
Greenbrier River, Greenbrier County, 10 miles away
      Class I(III) - 7.2 miles long (Spring Creek to Anthony)
 Ski Areas Near Cranberry River:
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 29 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 39 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 62 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 78 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 81 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
 Hotels Near Cranberry River:
Serenity Now, Snowshoe , 19 miles away
Quality Inn Lewisburg, Lewisburg , 24 miles away
Super 8 Lewisburg, Lewisburg , 24 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Lewisburg, Lewisburg , 24 miles away
Hampton Inn Lewisburg, Lewisburg , 24 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cranberry River:
North Bend, Richwood, 4 miles away
Summit Lake Campground, Greenbrier County, 4 miles away
Cranberry Campground, Webster County, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Cranberry River:
Pocahontas Trail, Webster , 0 miles away
Big Run Trail, Greenbrier , 3 miles away
Birchlog Trail, Pocahontas , 3 miles away
Hanging Rock Trail, Webster , 3 miles away
Lick Branch Trail, Webster , 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cranberry River:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 57 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 57 miles away
Watoga State Park, West Virginia , 19 miles away
Holly River State Park, West Virginia , 24 miles away
Greenbrier State Forest, West Virginia , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cranberry River:
Mountain View Golf Course, Webster Springs , 14 miles away

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