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West Virginia whitewater, Sand Run

Upshur county, Confluence of Beech Run to confluence of Buckhannon River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II(III)     6.4 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Clarksburg, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The wonderful Upshur County scenery and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This stretch of Sand Run in Upshur County is 6.4 miles long and has been rated as a class I-II(III) section by American Whitewater. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area
    you'll find lots of paddling rivers. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. 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. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Confluence of Beech Run to confluence of Buckhannon River section is one of them. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so better not forget that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. This section  
is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, suitable for an afternoon trip. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Sand Run you will meet lots of folks from nearby Volga. Don't leave Sand Run without first paying a visit to Excelsior School Spring; don't leave without visiting Audra State Park. This is such a great river. Through the days of summer at Sand Run temperatures are ordinarily in the 80's. Summer night lows sink down to the 50's. During the wintertime this place gets highs in the 30's with winter lows in the 10's overnight here at Sand Run.

Sand Run, Confluence of Beech Run to confluence of Buckhannon River 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 Sand Run.
 Whitewater Near Sand Run:
Sand Run, Upshur County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 6.4 miles long (Confluence of Beech Run to confluence of Buckhannon River)
Buckhannon River, Barbour County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 2.3 miles long (Rangoon to Tygart Junction)
Middle Fork, Barbour County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Audra State Park to Tygart River Confluence)
Middle Fork, Barbour/Randolph County, 6 miles away
      Class I-III - 5 miles long (Confluence of Laurel Fork to Audra State Park)
Buckhannon River, Upshur County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.7 miles long (Tenmile to Sago)
Buckhannon River, Upshur County, 13 miles away
      Class I-III - 9.4 miles long (Alexander to Tenmile)
Roaring Creek - Tygart Valley River Tributary, Randolph County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Coalton to confluence of Tygart Valley River above Norton)
Tygart Valley River, Randolph/Barbour County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 8.4 miles long (Aggregates to confluence with Beaver Creek)
Tygart Valley River, Barbour County, 14 miles away
      Class III-V - 11.8 miles long (Belington to Buckhannon River)
Little Kanawha River, Upshur County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.7 miles long (Holly Grove to Arlington)
 Ski Areas Near Sand Run:
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 33 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 49 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 51 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 58 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 62 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 80 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 84 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Boyce Park, Pennsylvania , 84 miles away, 180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 92 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 96 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
 Hotels Near Sand Run:
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Buckhannon, Buckhannon , 6 miles away
Hampton Inn Buckhannon, Buckhannon , 7 miles away
Hilton Garden Inn Clarksburg, Clarksburg , 18 miles away
TownePlace Suites Bridgeport Clarksburg, Bridgeport , 18 miles away
SpringHill Suites Bridgeport Clarksburg, Bridgeport , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sand Run:
Audra State Park, Buckhannon, 5 miles away
Stonecoal Campground, Buckhannon, 9 miles away
Pioneer Campground, French Creek, 12 miles away
 Trails Near Sand Run:
Raven Rocks Trail, Randolph , 19 miles away
Rich Mountain Trail, Randolph , 19 miles away
Whitman Trail, Randolph , 20 miles away
Mill Ridge Trail, Randolph , 20 miles away
Clay Run Trail, Randolph , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Sand Run:
Audra State Park, West Virginia , 6 miles away
Tygart Lake State Park, West Virginia , 16 miles away
Holly River State Park, West Virginia , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Sand Run:
Buckhannon Country Club, Buckhannon , 5 miles away
Riverbend Golf Club, Buckhannon , 6 miles away
Bel Meadow Golf Club, Mount Clare , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Sand Run
Stonecoal Reservoir, Lewis , 16 miles away

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