North Fork of the Cherry River Third WV 39 and 55 Bridge to Richwood

Richwood, West Virginia

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This is a small, technical little creek with lots of action. It’s the last stream in the area to come up, but when it does, expect lots of tight maneuvers and an occasional strainer. This little branch of the Cherry parallels WV 39 and 55 and can be surveyed for water level from the road. But the really good stuff occurs when the road bends away from the river, so watch out! About a mile above the Big Bend Picnic Area is a very trashy, dangerous section where the river is trying to re-establish its channel among some islands. You’ll find many dangerous downed trees in this braided channel, which changes from year to year. Most folks will want to put in below this. At the east end of Richwood there’s a dam behind the motel which can be run with care. The best Class-4 rapid on the run is just downstream. The second dam has also been run on the left.
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 small, technical little creek with lots of action. It’s the last stream in the area to come up, but when it does, expect lots of tight maneuvers and an occasional strainer. This little branch of the Cherry parallels WV 39 and 55 and can be surveyed for water level from the road. But the really good stuff occurs when the road bends away from the river, so watch out!

About a mile above the Big Bend Picnic Area is a very trashy, dangerous section where the river is trying to re-establish its channel among some islands. You’ll find many dangerous downed trees in this braided channel, which changes from year to year. Most folks will want to put in below this. At the east end of Richwood there’s a dam behind the motel which can be run with care. The best Class-4 rapid on the run is just downstream. The second dam has also been run on the left.

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

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Richwood
Distance: 13
Duration: 3.5 hours
Class: Class III-IV
Local Maps: USGS Fork Mountain, Webster Springs SW, Camden on Gauley, Richwood
Driving Directions: Directions to North Fork of the Cherry River: Third WV 39 and 55 Bridge to Richwood

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