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West Virginia whitewater, Cranberry River

Nicholas county, Big Rock Camping Area to Gauley River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-IV     7 miles
  The beautiful scenery of West Virginia and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. The Big Rock Camping Area to Gauley River section of Cranberry River is 7 miles long and is a class II-IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good rivers for that around here. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Oak Hill, please print out a copy
    of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river
system, there are others too. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Cranberry River you can take a hike along
the Harris Siding Trail; the friendly folks of Camden On Gauley like to hang out nearby. Going for a hike along the Perry Ridge Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this vicinity. Cranberry River commonly gets a good deal of precipitation. Most of the rain falls during July, and the driest month is January. All through the warmest time of the year at Cranberry River highs are typically in the 80's, and the nighttime is quite cooler of course, ordinarily in the 60's. Highs during the winter are regularly in the 40's with temperatures at Cranberry River dipping down into the 20's all through winter nights.

Cranberry River, Big Rock Camping Area to Gauley River 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:
Gauley River, Webster/Nicholas County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II - 9.8 miles long (Camden-0n-Gauley to Curtin Bridge)
Cherry River, Nicholas County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (Watergate Inn to Gauley River)
Cranberry River, Nicholas County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7 miles long (Big Rock Camping Area to Gauley River)
Gauley River, Nicholas County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 8.4 miles long (Curtin Bridge to confluence with Big Beaver Creek)
Gauley River, Webster County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 10.5 miles long (Donaldson to Camden-on-Gauley)
Little Laurel Creek, Greenbrier/Nicholas County, 6 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5.1 miles long (CR39/11 to confluence with Cherry River)
Big Beaver Creek, Nicholas County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4.5 miles long (Craigsville to Gauley River)
Laurel Creek - Cherry Tributary, Nicholas County, 7 miles away
      Class III+(V) - 5.3 miles long (Jetsville to Fenwick)
Panther Creek, Nicholas County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.3 miles long (Confluence with Jim's Branch to confluence with Gauley River)
Elk River, Randolph/Webster County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 11.8 miles long (Elk Springs to Bergoo)
 Ski Areas Near Cranberry River:
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 41 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 52 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 53 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 88 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 91 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
 Marinas Near Cranberry River:
Summersville Lake Marina, Summersville , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Cranberry River:
Hampton Inn Summersville, Summersville , 17 miles away
Sleep Inn Summersville, Summersville , 18 miles away
Quality Inn Summersville, Summersville , 18 miles away
Super 8 Summersville, Summersville , 18 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Summersville, Summersville , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cranberry River:
Big Rock Campground, Nicholas County, 3 miles away
Bishop Knob, Upperglade, 6 miles away
Camp Caesar, Cowen, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Cranberry River:
Perry Ridge Trail, Nicholas , 0 miles away
Harris Siding Trail, Nicholas , 1 miles away
Hinkle Branch Trail, Nicholas , 2 miles away
Cranberry Ridge Trail, Webster , 5 miles away
Barrenshe Trail, Nicholas , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cranberry River:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 46 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 46 miles away
Holly River State Park, West Virginia , 27 miles away
Watoga State Park, West Virginia , 31 miles away
Babcock State Park, West Virginia , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cranberry River:
Mountain View Golf Course, Webster Springs , 16 miles away

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