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West Virginia whitewater, Williams River

Pocahontas Webster county, Three Forks of Williams to Gauley River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     10 miles
  The Three Forks of Williams to Gauley River section of Williams River is 10 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-III section. The natural beauty of Pocahontas/Webster County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good spots for that around here. There are so many sections to
    paddle in this river system, the Three Forks of Williams to Gauley River section is just one of many. The starting point is not too far from Oak Hill, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you
wonít get lost. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in West Virginia is often easier than elsewhere, so keep in mind that rivers in this state are less demanding. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. If you have  
the time you can make this a two day trip, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag.

Briefly about the general area:
There is a magnificent hiking trail near Williams River called the Lick Branch Trail, and if you're dropping by from Upperglade, you won't be the only one. The Snakeden Trail is a great hiking trail close to Williams River, and Hickman Hollow is a fine site to spend some time. This river is so wonderful. All the water falling down from the sky makes Williams River a wet place. Of all the months in a year July is the one with the most rain, and January is the month with the least moisture.

Williams River, Three Forks of Williams to Gauley 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 Williams River.
 Whitewater Near Williams River:
Gauley River, Webster County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (Bolair to Donaldson)
Williams River, Pocahontas/Webster County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 10 miles long (Three Forks of Williams to Gauley River)
Gauley River, Webster County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 10.5 miles long (Donaldson to Camden-on-Gauley)
Cranberry River, Nicholas County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7 miles long (Big Rock Camping Area to Gauley River)
Elk River, Webster County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 17.3 miles long (Webster Springs to CR7)
Gauley River, Webster County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.3 miles long (Confluence with Turkey Fork to Bolair)
Cherry River - North Fork, Nicholas/Greenbrier County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 13 miles long (Third West Virginia 39 and 55 Bridge to Richwood)
Williams River, Pocahontas County, 7 miles away
      Class I-III - 5.1 miles long (Day Run Camping area to Tea Creek)
Laurel Creek - Elk River Tributary, Webster County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.6 miles long (Confluence with McAvoy Run to Erbacon)
Grassy Creek, Webster County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.5 miles long (Orndoff Church to confluence with Right Fork of Holly River Close to Diana)
 Ski Areas Near Williams River:
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 32 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 45 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 62 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 78 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 81 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 99 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Williams River:
Serenity Now, Snowshoe , 13 miles away
Days Inn & Suites Sutton Flatwoods, Sutton , 24 miles away
Hampton Inn Summersville, Summersville , 27 miles away
Sleep Inn Summersville, Summersville , 27 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Gassaway/Sutton, Gassaway , 27 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Williams River:
Cranberry Campground, Webster County, 2 miles away
Bishop Knob, Upperglade, 3 miles away
Cranberry River Dispersed, Upperglade, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Williams River:
Snakeden Trail, Webster , 3 miles away
Lick Branch Trail, Webster , 4 miles away
Adkin Rockhouse Trail, Webster , 4 miles away
Bear Run Trail, Webster , 4 miles away
Bee Run Trail, Nicholas , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Williams River:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 55 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 55 miles away
Holly River State Park, West Virginia , 19 miles away
Watoga State Park, West Virginia , 25 miles away
Greenbrier State Forest, West Virginia , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Williams River:
Mountain View Golf Course, Webster Springs , 8 miles away

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