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West Virginia whitewater, Paint Creek

Fayette county, Laurel Grove Church to Mossy section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-IV     4.6 miles
  The natural beauty of Fayette County and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The average West Virginia whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so better not forget that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. If you're coming from Beckley 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. This stretch is mid length, suitable for an afternoon trip. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling spots.
The Laurel Grove Church to Mossy section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. The Laurel Grove Church to Mossy stretch of Paint Creek is 4.6 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II-IV section of whitewater. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground.

Briefly about the general area:
at Paint Creek there are plenty of people from Artie, and going to Bluestone National Scenic River is just something you need to do if you haven't yet. All the water falling down from the sky makes Paint Creek a wet spot. July is the wettest month with most rain while January is frequently the driest month. Summertime highs at Paint Creek frequently tend to be in the 80's, and all through summer nights temperatures are in the 60's. Highs during the winter are usually in the 40's while Paint Creek night low temperatures through the winter are in the 20's.

Paint Creek, Laurel Grove Church to Mossy 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 Paint Creek.
 Whitewater Near Paint Creek:
Paint Creek, Fayette/ Kanawha County, 2 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.4 miles long (Westerly to Burnwell)
Armstrong Creek - Powellton Fork, Fayette County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.2 miles long (McDunn to Powellton)
Big Coal River - Clear Fork, Raleigh County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 9.4 miles long (Clear Creek to Ameagle)
Paint Creek, Fayette County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 4.1 miles long (Mossy to Westerly)
Armstrong Creek, Fayette County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.1 miles long (Powellton to Kimberly)
Big Coal River - Clear Fork, Raleigh County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.1 miles long (Ameagle to Whitesville)
Paint Creek, Fayette County, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.6 miles long (Laurel Grove Church to Mossy)
Loop Creek, Fayette County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III(V) - 9.3 miles long (North Page to Deepwater)
Sandlick Creek, Raleigh County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.6 miles long (Dameron to confluence with Marsh Fork of Big Coal River)
Big Coal River - Marsh Fork, Raleigh County, 11 miles away
      Class II+ - 6.3 miles long (Arnett to Dry Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Paint Creek:
Winterplace, West Virginia , 27 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 97 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
 Marinas Near Paint Creek:
Chesapeake Boat Club and Marina, Charleston , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Paint Creek:
Days Inn Mount Hope, Mount Hope , 13 miles away
Holiday Lodge, Oak Hill , 14 miles away
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites BECKLEY, Beckley , 14 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Beckley, WV, Beckley , 14 miles away
Microtel Inn By Wyndham Beckley, Beckley , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Paint Creek:
Plum Orchard Lake Wildlife Management Area - Dam Site, Dothan, 9 miles away
Plum Orchard Lake, Scarbro, 11 miles away
Lake Stephens Campground, Beckley, 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Paint Creek:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 14 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 14 miles away
Hawks Nest State Park, West Virginia , 17 miles away
Twin Falls Resort State Park, West Virginia , 21 miles away
Little Beaver State Park, West Virginia , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Paint Creek:
Hidden Valley Golf, Glen Daniel , 11 miles away
Hawks Nest Golf Course, Gauley Bridge , 14 miles away
Saddlebred Golf Club, Beckley , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Paint Creek
Plum Orchard Lake, Fayette , 9 miles away
Stephens Lake, Raleigh , 13 miles away

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