South Fork of the Cherry River Beech Lick Run to Richwood

Richwood, West Virginia

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The river looks like a runt-sized cross between the Williams and Cranberry. It’s a small, steep, rocky stream with short pools, and continuous action. The rapids are rock strewn and passages are often intricate. The most obvious choice at the head of a rapid may get you into trouble. Put in about a half mile above Beech Lick Run where the South Fork road ends at the washed-out bridge. Take out a quarter mile below the junction of the North and South Forks of Cherry at the bridge in front of the Richwood School. Boiling eddies, big haystacks, and hidden hydraulics keep paddlers focused on the river instead of the dreary scenery. Due to its narrow, steep, banks, it’s a small river with big water. It lacks the tight boulder rapids of the Cranberry and rises and falls quicker, too.
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 river looks like a runt-sized cross between the Williams and Cranberry. It’s a small, steep, rocky stream with short pools, and continuous action. The rapids are rock strewn and passages are often intricate. The most obvious choice at the head of a rapid may get you into trouble.

Put in about a half mile above Beech Lick Run where the South Fork road ends at the washed-out bridge. Take out a quarter mile below the junction of the North and South Forks of Cherry at the bridge in front of the Richwood School.

Boiling eddies, big haystacks, and hidden hydraulics keep paddlers focused on the river instead of the dreary scenery. Due to its narrow, steep, banks, it’s a small river with big water. It lacks the tight boulder rapids of the Cranberry and rises and falls quicker, too.

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

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Richwood
Distance: 6
Duration: 2 hours
Class: Class II-III
Local Maps: USGS Fork Mountain, Richwood
Driving Directions: Directions to South Fork of the Cherry River: Beech Lick Run to Richwood

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