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West Virginia whitewater, Little Kanawha River

Upshur county, Holly Grove to Arlington section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     6.7 miles
  This section of Little Kanawha River is 6.7 miles long and has been rated as a class I-III section by American Whitewater. The wonderful Upshur County scenery and the playfulness of the water have people coming here. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in West Virginia are easier than the national norm, so if you're not from around here don't forget that the rivers in this state are less demanding. This is not the only paddling stretch in this
    river system, there are others too. This is a pretty decent length section, it's perfect for a one day trip. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good places. Lodging is
available near the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
If the weather is pleasant here at Little Kanawha River, you can go for a hike along the High Rock Trail, and there are plenty of folks from Crawford here.
A short spree to Bruffey Spring is always worthwhile; a delightful location to stop at is Sprigg Hollow. This river is so good. On a perfect day at Little Kanawha River you can take a hike along the Reverie Trail; if you want to have a look at some out of the ordinary stuff, have a look at Devils Darning Needle. Holly River State Park is a fine place. Through the summer months at Little Kanawha River temperatures are typically in the 80's while nighttime lows are frequently in the 60's. The wintertime brings highs down to the 30's with winter lows in the 10's overnight here at Little Kanawha River.

Little Kanawha River, Holly Grove to Arlington 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 Little Kanawha River.
 Whitewater Near Little Kanawha River:
Holly River - Laurel Fork of Left Fork, Webster County, 6 miles away
      Class III - 2.5 miles long (Holly River State Park to confluence with Left Fork)
Little Kanawha River, Upshur County, 6 miles away
      Class III-V - 5.4 miles long (Arlington to Ingo)
Little Kanawha River, Braxton County, 8 miles away
      Class IV - 0.1 miles long (at Falls Mill)
Holly River - Left Fork, Webster County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 10.3 miles long (Hacker Valley to Mill Dam)
Little Kanawha River, Upshur County, 11 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.7 miles long (Holly Grove to Arlington)
Holly River - Right Fork, Webster/Braxton County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 14.8 miles long (Confluence of Grassy Creek to confluence of Left Fork)
Holly River - Right Fork, Webster County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.5 miles long (Jumbo to confluence of Grassy Creek)
Buckhannon River, Upshur County, 15 miles away
      Class I-III - 9.4 miles long (Alexander to Tenmile)
Grassy Creek, Webster County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.5 miles long (Orndoff Church to confluence with Right Fork of Holly River Close to Diana)
Elk River - Back Fork, Webster County, 16 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.6 miles long (Confluence of Sugar Creek to Big Sycamore)
 Ski Areas Near Little Kanawha River:
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 38 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 60 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 71 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 73 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 80 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 85 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
 Marinas Near Little Kanawha River:
Burnsville Docks, Burnsville , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Little Kanawha River:
Super 8 Weston WV, Weston , 11 miles away
Quality Inn Weston, Weston , 11 miles away
Serenity Now, Snowshoe , 11 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites WESTON, Weston , 12 miles away
Hampton Inn Buckhannon, Buckhannon , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Little Kanawha River:
Hillbilly Haven Log Cabin Rentals, Walkersville, 6 miles away
Stonewall Resort, Walkersville, 8 miles away
Holly River State Park, Hacker Valley, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Little Kanawha River:
High Rock Trail, Webster , 9 miles away
Reverie Trail, Webster , 9 miles away
Salt Lick Trail, Webster , 10 miles away
Tramontane Trail, Webster , 10 miles away
Wilderness Trail, Webster , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Little Kanawha River:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 70 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 70 miles away
Holly River State Park, West Virginia , 11 miles away
Audra State Park, West Virginia , 29 miles away
Cedar Creek State Park, West Virginia , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Little Kanawha River:
Mountain View Golf Course, Webster Springs , 16 miles away
Riverbend Golf Club, Buckhannon , 18 miles away
Buckhannon Country Club, Buckhannon , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Little Kanawha River
Stonecoal Reservoir, Lewis , 11 miles away
Lake Riley, Lewis , 14 miles away
Sutton Lake, Braxton , 19 miles away

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