WV Rivers

New River – The second oldest river in the world behind the Nile, the New flows from Blowing Rock, NC north through the mountains of WV creating miles of world class whitewater.

Upper Upper New (II-III) – Prince to Thurmond
Upper New (I-III) – Thurmond to Cunard
Lower New/New River Gorge (III-IV/V) – Cunard to Fayette Station
Dries (III-IV/V) – Hawks Nest Dam to Gauley Bridge

Gauley River – An iconic river is the Southern WV area. Perhaps the most well known and recognized run. Scheduled releases occur for six weekends every fall during the drawdown of Summersville Lake.

Upper (IV-V) – Summersville Dam to Mason Branch
Middle (III) – Mason Branch to Bucklick Branch
Lower (III-IV) – Bucklick Branch to Swiss

Meadow River – a tributary of the Gauley River, this undercut and sieved out river provides a steep, pushy class V option between Fayetteville and Summersville.

Upper (III-IV+) – East Rainelle to Russellville
Middle (III-IV) – Nallen to Route 19 Bridge
Lower (IV-V+) – Route 19 Bridge to Gauley River Confluence

Cranberry – Class III-IV with several ledges and boulder gardens. There are several sections which can be paddled.
Upper (I-III) – Above Cranberry Rec Area to Cranberry Rec Area
Middle (III-IV) – Cranberry Rec Area to Big Rock
Lower (II-IV) – Big Rock to Gauley River

Cherry – Class III, relatively continuous boulder style rapids. This is an excellent novice/intermediate run with many places to practice basic paddling skills (eddy turns, peel outs, ferries, surfing, etc.)

North Fork (III-IV) – Third WV 39/55 Bridge to Richwood
South Fork (II-III+) – beech Lick Run to Richwood
Cherry (II-III) – Richwood Inn to Gauley River
Glade Creek – Class IV. Good introductory creeking outside of Beckley, WV. This runs from the Beckley Water Supply Reservoir to the confluence with Pinch Creek.

Pinch Creek – Class II – IV running from Pluto to the confluence with Glade Greek. This creek requires a lot of water and drops out fast. Wood can be an issue after heavy rains.

Brush Creek – Class IV with the exception being a two stage thirty foot waterfall. The run is from the confluence of Beaver Branch to the confluence with the Bluestone River.

Piney Creek – Class III-V consisting of slides and a few vertical drops. Railroad tracks are along the entire length of the run making scouting and portaging easy. This is a long run, coming in at 12 miles.

Mill Creek – A 2 mile creek with a clean 20 foot waterfall and some real deal class V. This creek runs from Anstead into Hawks Nest Lake.

Manns Creek – Dirty WV creeking. This 5.5 mile run is continuous class V+ boulder garden from Babcock State Park to the New River across from Cunard.

Real Manns – If Manns isn’t enough, check out Real Manns.

Wolf Creek – An extremely steep creek with few completed descents running out of the Fayetteville Town Park and into Fayette Station. A better understanding of the rapid and portage sequence has been developed recently, making Wolf a more viable run thanks to Todd Richendollar and other local paddlers.

Laurel Creek – Once one of the premier steep creeks of the region, it was scoured by the big floods, rearranging many of the rapids. Not for the faint of heart, Captain Crunch still tempts the local boaters after a large rain.

Keenys Creek – Micro, steep, and top of the food chain. Demon Speed into Accept Reality is one of the largest runable sequences of rapids in the Southeast.

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