Back Fork of the Elk River Above Sugar Creek to Webster Springs Bridge

Skelt, West Virginia

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The Back Fork above Sugar Creek is a pretty good run, but getting to the put-in is very difficult. It starts with a 1-mile, 1,000-foot downhill carry from the scenic overlook on WV 15 west of Waneta! This section is nonstop whitewater all the way, with waves, small holes, and a few big runnable ledges toward the end. In the next section, the action starts right away with a series of sloping ledges leading to an 8-foot falls. Sugar Creek is tight and interesting for the half mile to its junction with the main Back Fork. The river then meanders along at a Class-2 pace until the start of the “Three Falls” section.
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 Back Fork above Sugar Creek is a pretty good run, but getting to the put-in is very difficult. It starts with a 1-mile, 1,000-foot downhill carry from the scenic overlook on WV 15 west of Waneta! This section is nonstop whitewater all the way, with waves, small holes, and a few big runnable ledges toward the end.

In the next section, the action starts right away with a series of sloping ledges leading to an 8-foot falls. Sugar Creek is tight and interesting for the half mile to its junction with the main Back Fork. The river then meanders along at a Class-2 pace until the start of the “Three Falls” section.

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

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Skelt
Distance: 17.7
Duration: 3 sections range from 1.5 to 4+ hours
Class: Class II-IV
Local Maps: USGS Skelt, Samp, Bergoo, Webster Springs
Driving Directions: Directions to Back Fork of the Elk River: Above Sugar Creek to Webster Springs Bridge

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