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West Virginia whitewater, Elk River

Randolph Webster county, Elk Springs to Bergoo section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III+(IV)     11.8 miles
Q. What is Bergoo in thhe upper ELK River? Is the water up, and is the store open? Says Ed McCutcheon (see picture)

The Elk Springs to Bergoo section of Elk River is 11.8 miles long and is a class II-III+(IV) section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Oak Hill, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors
    are great attractions for lots of people. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Elk Springs to Bergoo section is just one of them. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations
in advance you're all set. The nature scenery of West Virginia and the water flowing gracefully down Elk River are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so don't forget that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling  
rivers. The campgrounds here at Elk River are pretty good.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave Elk River without first going for a hike along the Hanging Rock Trail, and you're sure to come across some friendly folks from Upperglade here. Go for a hike on the Lick Branch Trail. Elk River sees pretty high levels of rain. Most of the rain falls throughout July, and February is when it's the driest. Summertime highs at Elk River generally tend to be in the 80's, and during summer nights temperatures are in the 60's. The winter comes with highs in the 40's, and overnight lows during the winter for Elk River tend to be in the 20's.

Elk River, Elk Springs to Bergoo road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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Stats for this river stretch

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These outdoors activities are available near Elk River.
 Whitewater Near Elk River:
Williams River, Pocahontas/Webster County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 10 miles long (Three Forks of Williams to Gauley River)
Cherry River - North Fork, Nicholas/Greenbrier County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 13 miles long (Third West Virginia 39 and 55 Bridge to Richwood)
Cranberry River, Nicholas County, 6 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7 miles long (Big Rock Camping Area to Gauley River)
Gauley River, Webster County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (Bolair to Donaldson)
Gauley River, Webster County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.3 miles long (Confluence with Turkey Fork to Bolair)
Cherry River - South Fork, Nicholas/Greenbrier County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 6 miles long (Beech Lick Run to Richwood)
Gauley River, Webster County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 10.5 miles long (Donaldson to Camden-on-Gauley)
Elk River, Webster County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 17.3 miles long (Webster Springs to CR7)
Little Laurel Creek, Greenbrier/Nicholas County, 10 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5.1 miles long (CR39/11 to confluence with Cherry River)
Williams River, Pocahontas County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 5.1 miles long (Day Run Camping area to Tea Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Elk River:
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 30 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 43 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
Wisp, Maryland , 99 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Elk River:
Serenity Now, Snowshoe , 15 miles away
Days Inn & Suites Sutton Flatwoods, Sutton , 27 miles away
Super 8 Lewisburg, Lewisburg , 27 miles away
Quality Inn Lewisburg, Lewisburg , 27 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Lewisburg, Lewisburg , 27 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Elk River:
Cranberry Campground, Webster County, 2 miles away
Cranberry River Dispersed, Upperglade, 4 miles away
Summit Lake Campground, Greenbrier County, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Elk River:
Lick Branch Trail, Webster , 1 miles away
Hanging Rock Trail, Webster , 2 miles away
Little Fork Trail, Webster , 3 miles away
Snakeden Trail, Webster , 4 miles away
Pocahontas Trail, Webster , 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Elk River:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 56 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 56 miles away
Holly River State Park, West Virginia , 20 miles away
Watoga State Park, West Virginia , 22 miles away
Greenbrier State Forest, West Virginia , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Elk River:
Mountain View Golf Course, Webster Springs , 10 miles away

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