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West Virginia whitewater, North River

Hardy Hampshire county, Grassy Lick Run to Rio at West Virginia 29 bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-IV     4.5 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in West Virginia tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so keep in mind that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. The beautiful scenery of West Virginia and the cool fresh water beats anything. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.
    For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's good length for a morning trip. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way
around here you'll find a large number of good places. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here. The starting location is a short drive from Winchester, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This section of North River is 4.5 miles long and is a class II-IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater.

Briefly about
the general area:
Going for a hike on the Squirrel Gap Trail is always a great adventure; this is a popular location for people from Rio. Go for a hike on the Brushy Hollow Trail. During the summertime months at North River highs are usually in the 80's while night lows are typically in the 60's. Throughout the winter highs are regularly in the 30's, and after the sun is down through the wintertime temperatures at North River plunge into the 10's. North River gets a typical amount of annual rain. July is when you get the most rain here; February meanwhile is the driest month.

North River, Grassy Lick Run to Rio at West Virginia 29 bridge 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 North River.
 Whitewater Near North River:
North River, Hardy/ Hampshire County, 2 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.5 miles long (Grassy Lick Run to Rio at West Virginia 29 bridge)
Lost River, Hardy County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 6 miles long (West Virginia 55/259 to West Virginia 259)
Trout Run, Hardy County, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7 miles long (Halfmoon Trail to West Virginia 55/259 bridge)
Waites Run, Hardy County, 10 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.8 miles long (Wilson Cove to West Virginia 55)
Tearcoat Creek, Hampshire County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.9 miles long (US 50 Close to Pleasantdale to confluence of North River)
Lost River, Hampshire County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 15 miles long (Lost River to West Virginia 55/259)
Stony Creek - North fork Shenandoah Tributary, Shenandoah County, 15 miles away
      Class I-III - 15.5 miles long (Liberty Furnace to North Fork Shenandoah)
Cedar Creek, Shenandoah / Frederick County, 16 miles away
      Class II - 9 miles long (Above Route 55)
Cedar Creek, Shenandoah/ Frederick County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II - 20 miles long (Route 55 to Route 11)
Potomac River - South Branch, Hardy/ Hampshire County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II - 11 miles long (US 220 Bridge north of Moorefield to Harmison's Landing)
 Ski Areas Near North River:
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 18 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 40 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 49 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 51 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 52 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 63 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 63 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 63 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 64 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 68 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Hotels Near North River:
Hampton Inn And Suites Woodstock, Woodstock , 19 miles away
Comfort Inn Woodstock, Woodstock , 19 miles away
Holiday Inn Express WOODSTOCK-SHENANDOAH VALLEY, Woodstock , 19 miles away
Econo Lodge Woodstock, Woodstock , 19 miles away
Ramada Strasburg, Strasburg , 25 miles away
 Campgrounds Near North River:
Short Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Delray, 4 miles away
Nathaniel Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Shanks, 7 miles away
Branch Mountain Campground, Baker, 10 miles away
 Trails Near North River:
Squirrel Gap Trail, Hardy , 5 miles away
Brushy Hollow Trail, Hardy , 6 miles away
Crack Whip Furnace Trail, Hardy , 8 miles away
Halfmoon Lookout Trail, Hardy , 9 miles away
Peer Trail, Hardy , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near North River:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 31 miles away
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Harpers Ferry - WV , 64 miles away
Lost River State Park, West Virginia , 18 miles away
Shenandoah River Andy Guest State Park, Virginia , 31 miles away
Cacapon State Park, West Virginia , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near North River:
Mill Creek Country Club Golf, Burlington , 16 miles away
Bryce Golf Course, Basye , 18 miles away
Glade Springs Resort Golf Course, Daniels , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near North River
Warden Lake, Hardy , 6 miles away
Lake Laura, Shenandoah , 20 miles away

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