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West Virginia whitewater, Elk River

Pocahontas Randolph county, Slatyfork to Elk Springs section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     10.4 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Clarksburg, as you can see on the road map further down. The Slatyfork to Elk Springs section of Elk River in Pocahontas/Randolph County is 10.4 miles long and has been rated as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This section is long enough
    for an overnight trip if you take your time, so pack your camping stuff. The scenic beauty of West Virginia and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. And of course, there are campgrounds
nearby. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and near. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other states, so keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty  
of rivers for that.

Briefly about the general area:
Going for a hike on the Tumbling Rock Trail is always a perfect adventure, and there are glorious places to discover along the North South Trail. Summertime brings highs in the 80's to Elk River, and the overnight is a tad colder of course, typically in the 50's. The winter brings highs down to the 30's, and through the dark hours in the wintertime at Elk River temperatures descend to the 10's. All the water falling down from the sky makes Elk River a wet spot. July is the wettest month with most rain, and the driest month is February.

Elk River, Slatyfork to Elk Springs 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 Elk River.
 Whitewater Near Elk River:
Williams River, Pocahontas/Webster County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 10 miles long (Three Forks of Williams to Gauley River)
Cranberry River, Pocahontas/Webster County, 6 miles away
      Class II-V - 15 miles long (Above Cranberry Rec Area to Cranberry Rec Area)
Cranberry River, Pocahontas/Webster County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Cranberry Recreation Area to Big Rock)
Williams River, Pocahontas/Webster County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 11 miles long (Tea Creek to Three Forks of Williams)
Gauley River, Webster County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.3 miles long (Confluence with Turkey Fork to Bolair)
Cherry River - North Fork, Nicholas/Greenbrier County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 13 miles long (Third West Virginia 39 and 55 Bridge to Richwood)
Gauley River, Webster County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 9.5 miles long (Confluence with South Fork to confluence with Turkey Fork)
Cherry River - South Fork, Nicholas/Greenbrier County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 6 miles long (Beech Lick Run to Richwood)
Tea Creek, Pocahontas County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.9 miles long (Confluence of Right Fork to confluence with Williams River)
Robbins Run, Greenbrier County, 10 miles away
      Class III - 2.8 miles long (Confluence of Boggs Run to Confluence of Spring Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Elk River:
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 25 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 36 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 66 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 74 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 77 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 96 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 98 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Hotels Near Elk River:
Serenity Now, Snowshoe , 19 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Lewisburg, Lewisburg , 26 miles away
Quality Inn Lewisburg, Lewisburg , 26 miles away
Super 8 Lewisburg, Lewisburg , 26 miles away
Hampton Inn Lewisburg, Lewisburg , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Elk River:
Williams River RUA Site D2, Bergoo, 7 miles away
Tea Creek Campground, Pocahontas County, 8 miles away
Cranberry Campground, Webster County, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Elk River:
Tumbling Rock Trail, Pocahontas , 0 miles away
North South Trail, Pocahontas , 1 miles away
Laurelly Branch Trail, Pocahontas , 1 miles away
Birchlog Trail, Pocahontas , 2 miles away
Middle Fork Trail, Pocahontas , 2 miles away
 Public Lands Near Elk River:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 61 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 61 miles away
Watoga State Park, West Virginia , 16 miles away
Holly River State Park, West Virginia , 21 miles away
Cass Railroad State Park, West Virginia , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Elk River:
Mountain View Golf Course, Webster Springs , 13 miles away

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