Piney Creek Beckley to McCreery

Beckley, West Virginia

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This tiny tributary of the New falls off the plateau near Beckley. After passing the Beckley sewage plant, which adds more than volume, only an active coal mine and the railroad tracks indicate civilization. The river, however, is anything but civil. The stream is in a very deep and intimate gorge— the intimacy of a grizzly bear hug! The streambed becomes multiple 3–5-foot ledges with irregular broken-ledge rubble and then gets worse. Near the take-out it levels off to a Class 2–3.
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 tiny tributary of the New falls off the plateau near Beckley. After passing the Beckley sewage plant, which adds more than volume, only an active coal mine and the railroad tracks indicate civilization.

The river, however, is anything but civil. The stream is in a very deep and intimate gorge— the intimacy of a grizzly bear hug! The streambed becomes multiple 3–5-foot ledges with irregular broken-ledge rubble and then gets worse. Near the take-out it levels off to a Class 2–3.

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

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Beckley
Distance: 12
Duration: 5 hours
Class: Class III-V
Local Maps: USGS Beckley, Prince
Driving Directions: Directions to Piney Creek: Beckley to McCreery

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