Little Kanawha River Arlington to Falls Mill and Burnsville to Parkersburg

Arlington, West Virginia

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The Little Kanawha starts as a small trout stream in the mountains of southern Upshur County. Here, below Route 20, is where the only real whitewater in the watershed is found. The Little Kanawha headwaters are pinched between the Holly and Buckhannon Rivers, and they come “up” when the Buckhannon is “really high.” Between Arlington and Wildcat it’s a small creek with a steep gradient. Then it crosses a corner of Lewis County, getting big enough to be a river before entering Braxton County. The five largest tributaries are the Hughes River, the West Fork of the Little Kanawha, Steer Creek, Leading Creek, and Reedy Creek. The Hughes River and several of its tributaries are described below. The West Fork starts in Calhoun County and joins with the Henry’s Fork at the Wirt/Calhoun County line. Steer Creek joins the Little Kanawha near Russett in Calhoun County. Leading Creek drains a sizeable portion off Gilmer and Lewis Counties to join the Little Kanawha below Glenville. Reedy Creek and its many forks join the Little Kanawha upstream of Elizabeth.
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)

The Little Kanawha starts as a small trout stream in the mountains of southern Upshur County. Here, below Route 20, is where the only real whitewater in the watershed is found. The Little Kanawha headwaters are pinched between the Holly and Buckhannon Rivers, and they come “up” when the Buckhannon is “really high.” Between Arlington and Wildcat it’s a small creek with a steep gradient. Then it crosses a corner of Lewis County, getting big enough to be a river before entering Braxton County.

The five largest tributaries are the Hughes River, the West Fork of the Little Kanawha, Steer Creek, Leading Creek, and Reedy Creek. The Hughes River and several of its tributaries are described below. The West Fork starts in Calhoun County and joins with the Henry’s Fork at the Wirt/Calhoun County line. Steer Creek joins the Little Kanawha near Russett in Calhoun County. Leading Creek drains a sizeable portion off Gilmer and Lewis Counties to join the Little Kanawha below Glenville. Reedy Creek and its many forks join the Little Kanawha upstream of Elizabeth.

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

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Arlington
Distance: 131
Duration: 3 sections range from 3 hours to 9 days
Class: Class I-V
Local Maps: USGS Rock Cave, Walkerville, Hacker Valley, Newville, Orlando, Burnsville, Gilmer, Glenville, Tanner, Grantsville, Annamoriah, Burning Springs, Girta, Elizabeth, Kanawha, South Petersburg, Parkersburg
Driving Directions: Directions to Little Kanawha River: Arlington to Falls Mill and Burnsville to Parkersburg

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