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West Virginia whitewater, New River

Thurmond to Cunard section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     7 miles
  The Thurmond to Cunard section of New River in West Virginia is 7 miles long and it is classified as a class I-III section by American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in West Virginia are easier than the national norm, so don't forget that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. If you're coming from Oak Hill it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, please print out a copy of the road map further
    down the page so you won’t get lost. The scenic beauty of -blank- County and the water flowing gracefully down New River have people coming here. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want
to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, you can easily run it on an afternoon. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good rivers.

about the general area:
Hawks Nest State Park is a fine site to take a look at, and a journey to Bluestone National Scenic River is worthwhile. There are plenty of people from Thurmond here at New River, and Babcock State Park is a stunning location any time of year. At this river you will never have a bad time. On a great day at New River you can take a hike along the Carnifex Trail. New River is a wet place that gets a great deal of precipitation. Of all the months in a year July is the one with the most rain while February is the month with the least amount of precipitation.

New River, Thurmond to Cunard 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:
New River, Fayette County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 6.5 miles long (Cunard to Fayette Station)
New River, -blank- County, 2 miles away
      Class I-III - 7 miles long (Thurmond to Cunard)
Keeney's Creek, Fayette County, 4 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.75 miles long (to New River)
Whitewater Outfitter - River Expeditions, Fayette County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Class VI - Mountain River, Fayette County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Wildwater Expeditions, Fayette County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Wolf Creek, Fayette County, 6 miles away
      Class V+ - 2.1 miles long (Reservoir to New River)
Manns Creek, Fayette County, 6 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.6 miles long (Confluence with Glade Creek to Confluence with New River)
Mill Creek - New River Tributary, Fayette County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Hopewell Road bridge to Ansted)
Arbuckle Creek, Fayette County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.7 miles long (Oak Hill to New)
 Ski Areas Near New River:
Winterplace, West Virginia , 21 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 , 82 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near New River:
The Morris Harvey House, Fayetteville , 6 miles away
Comfort Inn New River, Oak Hill , 6 miles away
Quality Inn New River Gorge, Fayetteville , 6 miles away
Holiday Lodge, Oak Hill , 6 miles away
Days Inn Mount Hope, Mount Hope , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near New River:
New River Gorge National River-Southside Trail Camp, Thurmond, 2 miles away
Cooter's Cabins and Campin, Fayetteville, 3 miles away
New River Gorge Campground, Fayetteville, 3 miles away
 Trails Near New River:
Carnifex Trail, Nicholas , 14 miles away
Way Back Trail, Nicholas , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near New River:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 9 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 9 miles away
Babcock State Park, West Virginia , 5 miles away
Hawks Nest State Park, West Virginia , 9 miles away
Little Beaver State Park, West Virginia , 12 miles away
 Golf Courses Near New River:
Bridge Haven Golf Club, Fayetteville , 6 miles away
Grandview Country Club, Beaver , 12 miles away
Beaver Creek Golf Club, Beaver , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near New River
Little Beaver Lake, Raleigh , 12 miles away
Plum Orchard Lake, Fayette , 13 miles away
Summersville Lake, Nicholas , 17 miles away

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