Cacapon River Above Cacapon Bridge to Potomac River

Cold Stream, West Virginia

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This is a very popular canoeing stream, with good rapids and exquisite scenery. It’s often up in the winter; the snow-covered banks combine with the unusual rock formations for a wonderfully scenic run. It’s a great float-fishing stream for canoeists who know how to run whitewater, but be careful— many inexperienced paddlers have drowned here over the years. The river below the WV 127 bridge has very little gradient all of the way to the mouth of the Potomac at Great Cacapon. It transcribes huge loops through the mountains and ridges with a few mild rapids and many long, flat pools. It is an ideal float-fishing stream and contains some of the best bass fishing water in the state. (Hint: use eels, live or artificial, for bait. Catfish minnows are also good.) The river is rich in wildlife; it is not unusual to see beaver, wild turkey, and deer. If you are making a float trip, try to get on the river at daybreak. Eat your breakfast at mid-morning.
A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia

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A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia

by Charlie Walbridge et al (Menasha Ridge Press)

This is a very popular canoeing stream, with good rapids and exquisite scenery. It’s often up in the winter; the snow-covered banks combine with the unusual rock formations for a wonderfully scenic run. It’s a great float-fishing stream for canoeists who know how to run whitewater, but be careful— many inexperienced paddlers have drowned here over the years. The river below the WV 127 bridge has very little gradient all of the way to the mouth of the Potomac at Great Cacapon.

It transcribes huge loops through the mountains and ridges with a few mild rapids and many long, flat pools. It is an ideal float-fishing stream and contains some of the best bass fishing water in the state. (Hint: use eels, live or artificial, for bait. Catfish minnows are also good.) The river is rich in wildlife; it is not unusual to see beaver, wild turkey, and deer. If you are making a float trip, try to get on the river at daybreak. Eat your breakfast at mid-morning.

©  Charlie Walbridge et al/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Cold Stream
Distance: 70
Duration: 3 sections range from 4 hours to 4 days
Class: Class I-III
Local Maps: USGS Wardensville, Yellow Springs, Capon Springs, Capon Bridge, Largent, Paw Paw, Great Cacapon
Driving Directions: Directions to Cacapon River: Above Cacapon Bridge to Potomac River

Recent Trail Reviews

7/1/2006
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My first kayak trip - 7 of us total, from Capon Bridge to the 127 bridge. Hot day - low 90s and clear. The river was slightly higher than normal due to rains the week before. Nothing worse than some class 2 rapids and 3 minor ledges. The scenery is fantasic, particularly about 2/3 of the way down, when you pass by some large rock cliffs. The river is popular on the weekends, as we saw the occasional camper and several other canoe/kayak groups. Most of the time though, we had the river to ourselves. Overall, a nice entry-level whitewater run for competent beginners.



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