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West Virginia whitewater, Sandy Creek

Barbour Taylor county, Bridge at Hiram to Tygart Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-V     3.3 miles
  The Bridge at Hiram to Tygart Reservoir section of Sandy Creek in Barbour/ Taylor County is 3.3 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-V section. The average West Virginia whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less demanding. 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. The nature scenery of Barbour/ Taylor County and the cool fresh water will make you feel great. This section is quite
short so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. If you're coming from Morgantown 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 wonít get lost. There's camping available near Sandy Creek. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either  
way there are lots of good rivers for that around here.

Briefly about the general area:
If you're visiting Sandy Creek from Thornton, you won't be the only one; Tygart Lake State Park is both splendid and charming. Sandy Creek is near Valley Falls State Park which is a pretty spot. Through the warm days of summer highs here at Sandy Creek get into the 80's. Once the sun is down it sinks down to the 60's. The wintertime comes with highs in the 30's; winter nights come with lows in the 10's to Sandy Creek. Sandy Creek sees pretty high levels of rainfall. During the month of July you get the most rain around here, and February is when it's the driest.

Sandy Creek, Bridge at Hiram to Tygart Reservoir 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 Sandy Creek.
 Whitewater Near Sandy Creek:
Sandy Creek, Barbour/ Taylor County, 1 miles away
      Class III-V - 3.3 miles long (Bridge at Hiram to Tygart Reservoir)
Sandy Creek, Barbour/ Taylor/ Preston County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 5.1 miles long (Bridge on West Virginia 92 to bridge at Hiram)
Tygart Valley River, Barbour County, 5 miles away
      Class III-V - 8 miles long (Above Arden to Big Cove Run)
Laurel Creek - Tygart Tributary, Barbour County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 5.8 miles long (West Virginia 38 to Tygart River)
Teter Creek, Barbour County, 8 miles away
      Class IV - 4 miles long (Nestorville to Tygart River)
Whiteday Creek, Taylor Monongalia Marion County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 10.7 miles long (Confluence of Cherry Run to Monongahela River)
Tygart Valley River, Taylor/ Marion County, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1.5 miles long (Valley Falls to Hammond)
Three Fork Creek, Preston/ Taylor County, 13 miles away
      Class I-IV - 12 miles long (Close to West Virginia 92 to Thornton)
Tygart Valley River, Barbour County, 13 miles away
      Class III-V - 11.8 miles long (Belington to Buckhannon River)
Fields Creek, Preston County, 14 miles away
      Class II-IV - 3.6 miles long (West of Browns Mill to confluence of Three Fork Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Sandy Creek:
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 39 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 40 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 43 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 46 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 60 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 63 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Boyce Park, Pennsylvania , 65 miles away, 180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 71 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 72 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 85 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
 Marinas Near Sandy Creek:
Tygart Lake Marina, Grafton , 6 miles away
 Hotels Near Sandy Creek:
Hyatt Place Baltimore/Owings Mills, Owings Mills , 12 miles away
Red Roof Inn Fairmont, Fairmont , 13 miles away
Clarion Inn Fairmont, Fairmont , 16 miles away
Suburban Extended Stay Hotel Fairmont, Fairmont , 16 miles away
Homestead Inn, Reedsville , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sandy Creek:
Grafton City Park, Grafton, 6 miles away
Whisper Mountain Campground, Roanoke, 6 miles away
Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area, Simpson, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Sandy Creek:
Pheasant Mountain Trail, Tucker , 16 miles away
South Haddix Trail, Tucker , 16 miles away
Shingle Tree Trail, Tucker , 18 miles away
Shingle Tree Run Trail, Tucker , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Sandy Creek:
Tygart Lake State Park, West Virginia , 5 miles away
Valley Falls State Park, West Virginia , 11 miles away
Audra State Park, West Virginia , 15 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Sandy Creek:
Tygart Lake Public Golf Course, Grafton , 7 miles away
Paradise Lake Golf Course, Morgantown , 12 miles away
Green Hills Country Club, Fairmont , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Sandy Creek
Rock Lake, Marion , 10 miles away
Town of Masontown Water Supply D Lake, Preston , 17 miles away

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