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West Virginia whitewater, Paint Creek

Fayette county, Mossy to Westerly section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III+     4.1 miles
  The scenic beauty of Fayette County and the water flowing gracefully down Paint Creek make the trip here worthwhile. The put-in location is a short drive from Beckley, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This stretch of Paint Creek in Fayette County is 4.1 miles long and has been rated as a class II-III+ section by American Whitewater. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that
    can be paddled as well. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good
spots. There's camping available near Paint Creek. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside West Virginia you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip.

Briefly about the general area:
Big Hollow is a great place to have a look at near
Paint Creek, and lots of people from Kincaid come here. A tour to Bluestone National Scenic River is recommended, and Hawks Nest State Park is a delightful spot to stop at on a delightful day. This river is always fun. Through the summer highs here at Paint Creek get into the 80's. Summer night lows descend down to the 60's. The winter brings highs down to the 40's with winter lows in the 20's overnight here at Paint Creek. Paint Creek is a wet location that gets a good deal of precipitation. Of all the months in a year July is the one with the most rain, and the driest month of the year is October.

Paint Creek, Mossy to Westerly 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 County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 4.1 miles long (Mossy to Westerly)
Paint Creek, Fayette/ Kanawha County, 1 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.4 miles long (Westerly to Burnwell)
Paint Creek, Fayette County, 4 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.6 miles long (Laurel Grove Church to Mossy)
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)
Armstrong Creek, Fayette County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.1 miles long (Powellton to Kimberly)
Loop Creek, Fayette County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III(V) - 9.3 miles long (North Page to Deepwater)
Big Coal River - Clear Fork, Raleigh County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.1 miles long (Ameagle to Whitesville)
Sandlick Creek, Raleigh County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.6 miles long (Dameron to confluence with Marsh Fork of Big Coal River)
Arbuckle Creek, Fayette County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.7 miles long (Oak Hill to New)
 Ski Areas Near Paint Creek:
Winterplace, West Virginia , 24 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 94 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 99 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Paint Creek:
Days Inn Mount Hope, Mount Hope , 10 miles away
Holiday Lodge, Oak Hill , 11 miles away
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites BECKLEY, Beckley , 12 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Beckley, WV, Beckley , 12 miles away
Microtel Inn By Wyndham Beckley, Beckley , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Paint Creek:
Plum Orchard Lake Wildlife Management Area - Dam Site, Dothan, 5 miles away
Plum Orchard Lake, Scarbro, 8 miles away
Alpine Adventures, Bradley, 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Paint Creek:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 11 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 11 miles away
Hawks Nest State Park, West Virginia , 15 miles away
Little Beaver State Park, West Virginia , 20 miles away
Twin Falls Resort State Park, West Virginia , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Paint Creek:
Hidden Valley Golf, Glen Daniel , 11 miles away
Saddlebred Golf Club, Beckley , 12 miles away
Hawks Nest Golf Course, Gauley Bridge , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Paint Creek
Plum Orchard Lake, Fayette , 5 miles away
Stephens Lake, Raleigh , 11 miles away
Little Beaver Lake, Raleigh , 20 miles away

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