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West Virginia whitewater, Thorn/Whitethorn Creek

Pendleton county, Moyers to South Branch of Potomac River confluence section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III(IV)     10.1 miles
Found this and one other old photo of this area in my grandmother's pictures. Says Peggy Batten (see picture)

If you're coming from Staunton-Waynesboro it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. The average West Virginia whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so don't forget that many runs in this state are very easy.
    Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling spots. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. This stretch of Thorn/Whitethorn
Creek in Pendleton County is 10.1 miles long and has been rated as a class II-III(IV) section by American Whitewater. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so pack your camping stuff. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time  
outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. The nature scenery of Pendleton County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats anything.

Briefly about the general area:
People from Franklin love to come to Thorn/Whitethorn Creek, and do take a hike on the Bother Ridge Trail. Jamison Farm Spring is an inspiring place to check out during your stay, and hiking along the Miller Run Trail is glorious fun. Coming to this river is always a good idea. A spree to Thorn/Whitethorn Creek wouldn't be complete without taking a look at Powder Mill Spring. Thorn/Whitethorn Creek gets a common amount of precipitation.

Thorn/Whitethorn Creek, Moyers to South Branch of Potomac River confluence road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Thorn/Whitethorn Creek.
 Whitewater Near Thorn/Whitethorn Creek:
Potomac River - South Branch, Pendleton County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.1 miles long (CR 23 to Ruddle)
Thorn/Whitethorn Creek, Pendleton County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 10.1 miles long (Moyers to South Branch of Potomac River confluence)
Potomac River - South Branch, Pendleton County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 8 miles long (Ruddle to US 220)
Potomac River - South Branch, Highland VA/ Pendleton WV County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.4 miles long (state line to CR 23)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Pendleton County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 7.6 miles long (Riverton to Seneca Rocks)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Pendleton County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 9.8 miles long (Cherry Grove to Riverton)
Shaws Fork, Highland County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.5 miles long (Headwaters to Liberty)
Potomac River - South Fork of the South Branch, Pendleton/ Hardy County, 14 miles away
      Class II-IV - 12.1 miles long (Fort Seybert to Milam)
Potomac River - North Fork of South Branch, Pendleton County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.3 miles long (Confluence of Laurel Fork and Straight Fork to Cherry Grove)
Cowpasture River, Alleghany/Botetourt County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III - 24.5 miles long (Shaw Fork to Route 625 bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Thorn/Whitethorn Creek:
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 25 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 26 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 42 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 43 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 44 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 45 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 48 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 54 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 79 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 81 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Hotels Near Thorn/Whitethorn Creek:
Howard Johnson Express Inn Staunton, Staunton , 29 miles away
Frederick House, Staunton , 30 miles away
Olde Staunton Inn, Staunton , 30 miles away
Inn At Old Virginia, Staunton , 30 miles away
Berkeley House Bed Breakfast, Staunton , 30 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Thorn/Whitethorn Creek:
Cave Country Camping Area, Franklin, 4 miles away
Brandywine Lake, Brandywine, 11 miles away
Bandywine Lake Campground, Pendleton County, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Thorn/Whitethorn Creek:
Bother Ridge Trail, Pendleton , 9 miles away
Miller Run Trail, Pendleton , 10 miles away
Jones Trail, Highland , 10 miles away
Timber Ridge Trail, Augusta , 11 miles away
Bald Knob Trail, Augusta , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Thorn/Whitethorn Creek:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 63 miles away
Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia , 31 miles away
Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia , 33 miles away
Seneca State Forest, West Virginia , 35 miles away
 Lakes Near Thorn/Whitethorn Creek
Puffenbarger Pond, Augusta , 9 miles away

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