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West Virginia whitewater, New River

Summers Fayette county, Sandstone to McCreery section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     15 miles
  This stretch of New River in Summers/ Fayette County is 15 miles long and has been rated as a class I-III section by American Whitewater. The starting location is a short drive from Oak Hill, as you can see on the road map further down. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people
    coming here. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the sections in this state
are safe for beginners. The natural beauty of Summers/ Fayette County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so why not pack your camp stove too. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. There are campgrounds quite near  
the river where you can camp.

Briefly about the general area:
Bluestone National Scenic River is a glorious local destination here at New River; you unquestionably should check out Little Beaver State Park if you're here. While you're here at New River you will meet lots of people from close by Layland. Babcock State Park is both delightful and charming, and it's right next door to New River; why not head up to Winterplace and strap some skis to your feet. Summertime highs at New River usually tend to be in the 80's, and through the night it cools down to the 50's. Highs during the winter are regularly in the 30's while the cold winter nights at New River are in the 10's.

New River, Sandstone to McCreery 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 New River.
 Whitewater Near New River:
Glade Creek - New River Tributary, Raleigh County, 4 miles away
      Class IV - 5.5 miles long (Confluence with Pinch Creek to confluence with New River)
Fall Branch, Raleigh County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1.5 miles long (ATV trail to River Road on New River above Sandstone falls)
Pinch Creek - Glade Creek Tributary, Raleigh County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.2 miles long (Pluto to confluence with Glade Creek)
Glade Creek - New River Tributary, Raleigh County, 7 miles away
      Class IV - 5 miles long (Beckley Water Supply Reservoir to confluence with Pinch Creek)
New River, Summers/ Fayette County, 7 miles away
      Class I-III - 15 miles long (Sandstone to McCreery)
New River, Fayette/Raleigh County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 15 miles long (McCreery to Thurmond)
Madams Creek, Summers County, 8 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 2 miles long (Madams Creek Road to New River)
Glade Creek - Manns Creek Tributary, Fayette County, 10 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.9 miles long (Babcock State Park to confluence with Manns Creek)
Meadow Creek, Fayette Summers County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.7 miles long (Meadow Bridge to Meadow Creek)
New River, -blank- County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 7 miles long (Thurmond to Cunard)
 Ski Areas Near New River:
Winterplace, West Virginia , 14 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 77 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 78 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near New River:
Resort At Glade Springs, Daniels , 7 miles away
Sleep Inn Beaver- Beckley, Beaver , 9 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Beckley East, Beckley , 12 miles away
Holiday Lodge, Oak Hill , 14 miles away
Days Inn Mount Hope, Mount Hope , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near New River:
New River Gorge National River-Glade Creek, Layland, 2 miles away
New River Gorge National River- Grandview Sandbar, Prince, 5 miles away
New River Gorge National River- Army Camp, Terry, 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near New River:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 13 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 13 miles away
Little Beaver State Park, West Virginia , 7 miles away
Babcock State Park, West Virginia , 10 miles away
Bluestone State Park, West Virginia , 11 miles away
 Golf Courses Near New River:
Beaver Creek Golf Club, Beaver , 6 miles away
Grandview Country Club, Beaver , 7 miles away
Glade Springs Hotel & Conference Resort, Daniels , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near New River
Little Beaver Lake, Raleigh , 7 miles away
Plum Orchard Lake, Fayette , 18 miles away

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