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West Virginia whitewater, Meadow River

Fayette Greenbrier county, East Rainelle to Russellville section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV+(V)     15 miles
  The wonderful Fayette/ Greenbrier County scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream beats anything. The East Rainelle to Russellville section of Meadow River in West Virginia is 15 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-IV+(V) section. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. 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. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in West Virginia are often easier than in other states, so keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less demanding.
The starting location is a reasonable drive from Oak Hill, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the East Rainelle to Russellville section is just one of many. This section is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so pack your sleeping bag. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling  

Briefly about the general area:
Babcock State Park is a pleasant site to pop by, and a cool spot to check out is The Loop. If you're visiting Meadow River from Lookout, you won't be the only one, and do take a hike on the Carnifex Trail. This river is so great. Meadow River is a relatively wet place usually with a lot of rain. Through the month of July you get the most rain around here, and February is when it's the driest. Summertime at Meadow River comes with high temperatures in the 80's. Throughout the moonlight hours it's generally in the 60's.

Meadow River, East Rainelle to Russellville 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 Meadow River.
 Whitewater Near Meadow River:
Meadow River, Fayette/ Greenbrier County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 15 miles long (East Rainelle to Russellville)
Meadow River, Nicholas/Fayette County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Nallen to Route 19 Bridge)
Anglins Creek, Nicholas County, 6 miles away
      Class II-IV - 9.5 miles long (CR 17/2 bridge to confluence of Meadow River)
Glade Creek - Meadow River Tributary, Fayette County, 8 miles away
      Class III-V - 2 miles long (County 60/12 bridge to Meadow River confluence)
Brushy Meadow Creek, Nicholas County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 1.5 miles long (Falls at Leivasy to confluence with Hominy Creek)
Manns Creek, Fayette County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.7 miles long (Babcock State Park to confluence with Glade Creek)
Glade Creek - Manns Creek Tributary, Fayette County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.9 miles long (Babcock State Park to confluence with Manns Creek)
Meadow River, Fayette/ Nicholas County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 5 miles long (Route 19 to confluence with Gauley River)
Manns Creek, Fayette County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.6 miles long (Confluence with Glade Creek to Confluence with New River)
Meadow Creek, Fayette Summers County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.7 miles long (Meadow Bridge to Meadow Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Meadow River:
Winterplace, West Virginia , 31 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 62 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 67 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Marinas Near Meadow River:
Summersville Lake Marina, Summersville , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Meadow River:
Econo Lodge Summersville, Summersville , 13 miles away
Hampton Inn Summersville, Summersville , 14 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Summersville, Summersville , 15 miles away
Super 8 Summersville, Summersville , 15 miles away
Sleep Inn Summersville, Summersville , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Meadow River:
Babcock State Park, Clifftop, 7 miles away
Wilderness RV Campground, Mt. Lookout, 9 miles away
Summersville Lake Retreat, Mt Nebo, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Meadow River:
Carnifex Trail, Nicholas , 12 miles away
Way Back Trail, Nicholas , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Meadow River:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 24 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 24 miles away
Babcock State Park, West Virginia , 10 miles away
Hawks Nest State Park, West Virginia , 20 miles away
Little Beaver State Park, West Virginia , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Meadow River:
Bridge Haven Golf Club, Fayetteville , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Meadow River
Summersville Lake, Nicholas , 11 miles away

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