Laurel Creek Dam at Beckwith to New River

Beckwith, West Virginia 25840

Laurel Creek Dam at Beckwith to New River

Laurel Creek: Dam at Beckwith to New River Professional Review and Guide

"Laurel Creek used to be one of the best creek runs in the state. Its steep gradient created steep boulder drops, large waterfalls, and long slides. Many drops (like 35-foot Captain Crunch Falls) have been featured in the videos produced by Falling Down Productions. It is unclear when this stream will be paddled again. In the summer of 2001 there was major flooding throughout the Fayetteville area. Record floods flushed an incredible volume of water down to the New.

When the water finally came down, there was massive devastation. Houses, cars, and roadways were destroyed. Many streams were badly scoured. Of all the creeks, Laurel suffered the most. Its rapids were changed and, in many areas, piles of rocks and trees were left in the streambed. New channels were cut and some of the major drops were destroyed. Debris from highway reconstruction added to the problems. The streambed is now extremely unstable and many changes are likely to occur here in the coming years."

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Trail Information

Beckwith
Nearby City
1
Distance
3 hours
Duration
Class V-VI
Class
USGS Fayetteville, Ansted
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Jul 2018