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West Virginia whitewater, Elsey Run

Preston county, from county road to Cheat River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V+     3.4 miles
My Dad grew up here, he said They don't call it the Cheat River for nothing. Says Charles Else

The from county road to Cheat River section of Elsey Run in West Virginia is 3.4 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class V+ section. The nature scenery of West Virginia and the playfulness of the water beats anything. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here
    more forgiving, so better not forget that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. The starting point is not too far from Morgantown, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This
is a short paddling stretch so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good places for that around here. The campgrounds here at Elsey Run are pretty good. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations  
in advance you're all set.

Briefly about the general area:
The Briery Mountains towers over Elsey Run, and there are plenty of folks from Albright here at Elsey Run. A common amount of rain falls here at Elsey Run. The wettest month of the year is usually July, that's the one that rains the most; the driest month is February. During the summertime at Elsey Run temperatures are frequently in the 80's with nighttime lows in the 60's. The wintertime comes with highs in the 30's with temperatures at Elsey Run dipping down into the 10's through winter nights.

Elsey Run, from county road to Cheat 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 Elsey Run.
 Whitewater Near Elsey Run:
Elsey Run, Preston County, 2 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.4 miles long (from county road to Cheat River)
Cheat River, Preston County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10.5 miles long (Albright to Jenkinsburg Bridge)
Green's Run, Preston County, 4 miles away
      Class III - 2.2 miles long (CR 52 to Cheat River)
Muddy Creek, Preston County, 4 miles away
      Class IV - 2.5 miles long (West Virginia 26 to Cheat River)
Saltlick Creek, Preston County, 5 miles away
      Class III - 4 miles long (Amblersburg to Rowlesburg)
Daugherty Run, Preston County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 6 miles long (Co. Road 3-12 to Cheat River)
Morgan Run, Preston County, 6 miles away
      Class III - 1.6 miles long (Rt. 26 to Cheat River)
Muddy Creek, Preston County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 11.5 miles long (Orr to Route 26)
Pringle Run, Preston County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 0.5 miles long (Above Falls to Cheat River)
Lick Run, Preston County, 7 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (CR 59 to Cheat River)
 Ski Areas Near Elsey Run:
Wisp, Maryland , 18 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 27 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 28 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 36 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 39 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 48 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Boyce Park, Pennsylvania , 54 miles away, 180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 62 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 68 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 82 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
 Marinas Near Elsey Run:
Deep Creek Marina, Mc Henry , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Elsey Run:
The Preston County Inn, Kingwood , 5 miles away
Hyatt Place Baltimore/Owings Mills, Owings Mills , 13 miles away
Homestead Inn, Reedsville , 13 miles away
Wisp Resort, McHenry , 17 miles away
Quality Inn Deep Creek Lake, McHenry , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Elsey Run:
Albright Campground, Albright, 4 miles away
Pine Hill Campground, Bruceton Mills, 8 miles away
Cannon Hill Campground, Rowlesburg, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Elsey Run:
Boundary Trail, Tucker , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Elsey Run:
Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia , 21 miles away
Tygart Lake State Park, West Virginia , 31 miles away
Valley Falls State Park, West Virginia , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Elsey Run:
Oakland Golf Club, Oakland , 14 miles away
Evening Breeze Golf Course, Oakland , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Elsey Run
Town of Masontown Water Supply D Lake, Preston , 15 miles away
Deep Creek Lake, Garrett , 15 miles away

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