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West Virginia whitewater, Leatherwood Creek

Webster county, Forks of creek to Bergoo section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     3.3 miles
  The Forks of creek to Bergoo stretch of Leatherwood Creek is 3.3 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-IV section. The natural beauty of Webster County 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 you'd better keep in mind that many runs in this state are very easy. This river system has a
    few good paddling stretches and the Forks of creek to Bergoo section is one of them. The put-in location is a short drive from Clarksburg, as you can see on the road map further down. There are campgrounds quite near the
river where you can camp. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good spots. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
Leatherwood Creek is a place with many visitors from Bergoo; you can have a great hiking adventure along the County Line Trail. A visit to Holly River State Park when you're here at Leatherwood Creek is never a bad idea; since you're here you can take a hike along the Turkey Mountain Trail. This river is so perfect. The high level of precipitation makes Leatherwood Creek a pretty wet place. During the month of July you get the most rain around here while February is the month with the least amount of precipitation. The warmest time of the year brings highs in the 80's to Leatherwood Creek, and throughout the night it cools down to the 50's.

Leatherwood Creek, Forks of creek to Bergoo 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 Leatherwood Creek.
 Whitewater Near Leatherwood Creek:
Elk River, Webster County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 11.6 miles long (Bergoo to Webster Springs)
Leatherwood Creek, Webster County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.3 miles long (Forks of creek to Bergoo)
Gauley River, Webster County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 9.5 miles long (Confluence with South Fork to confluence with Turkey Fork)
Elk River - Back Fork, Webster County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.6 miles long (Confluence of Sugar Creek to Big Sycamore)
Sugar Creek, Webster County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 1.8 miles long (Confluence of Little Sugar Creek to confluence of Back Fork of Elk)
Elk River - Back Fork, Webster County, 6 miles away
      Class II+ - 5.8 miles long (Big Sycamore to Webster Springs)
Gauley River, Webster County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.3 miles long (Confluence with Turkey Fork to Bolair)
Elk River - Back Fork, Webster County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 8.6 miles long (Confluence of Big Run to Confluence of Sugar Creek)
Tea Creek, Pocahontas County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.9 miles long (Confluence of Right Fork to confluence with Williams River)
Williams River, Pocahontas/Webster County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 11 miles long (Tea Creek to Three Forks of Williams)
 Ski Areas Near Leatherwood Creek:
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 21 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 40 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 66 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 68 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 75 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 86 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 97 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Hotels Near Leatherwood Creek:
Serenity Now, Snowshoe , 14 miles away
Hampton Inn Buckhannon, Buckhannon , 27 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Buckhannon, Buckhannon , 29 miles away
Days Inn & Suites Sutton Flatwoods, Sutton , 29 miles away
Quality Inn Weston, Weston , 31 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Leatherwood Creek:
Williams River RUA Site D2, Bergoo, 8 miles away
Tea Creek Campground, Pocahontas County, 8 miles away
Williams River RUA Site D4, Buckeye, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Leatherwood Creek:
County Line Trail, Pocahontas , 7 miles away
Turkey Mountain Trail, Webster , 7 miles away
Twin Branch Trail, Webster , 8 miles away
District Line Trail, Pocahontas , 8 miles away
Tea Creek Trail, Pocahontas , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Leatherwood Creek:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 68 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 68 miles away
Holly River State Park, West Virginia , 11 miles away
Watoga State Park, West Virginia , 22 miles away
Cass Railroad State Park, West Virginia , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Leatherwood Creek:
Mountain View Golf Course, Webster Springs , 9 miles away
Raven Golf Club at Snowshoe, Snowshoe , 17 miles away

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