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Old 02-12-2013   #1
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Best way to spend a month on the East coast?!?


I will be in the mid-Atlantic from about April 15- May 15, then driving back to Colorado.

Other than going to Cheat-fest in early May, I have no specific plans.

What recommendations do you all have for a Class 4 ish boater, to maximize quality paddling in the region (playboating/river-running, whatever -- just want to paddle alot, and try to suck less!)

I don't know any paddlers in the area (though I've met good peeps in the past). So, if there are good spots to meet folks, and places w/ easy logistics, please speak up.


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Old 02-12-2013   #2
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fayetteville, wv or friendsville, md.

if there are any dam release sections flowing you're pretty likely to find paddlers. or go to wherever its raining.

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Old 02-12-2013   #3
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Also look on NPMB.com, not as "cool" as the 'Buzz, but it is the East Coast version.

Also skiyak lives in PA now, so that could be a good contact.

Where in the mid-Atlantic are you going to be?
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Old 02-12-2013   #4
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Logistics in appalachia is really never easy unfortunately, but that time is also my favorite time of the year in these parts....redbuds, dogwoods and wildflowers in full effect...and the water levels are almost always perfect. I'll try to start with those closest to Cheat Fest.

Obviously the Cheat has some pretty good WW with the canyon/narrows...as tango alluded to, the Yough is not far from that area as well.

Big and Little Sandy of the Cheat offer some really nice scenery and waterfalls with pretty large water volumes but a creeky type of feel. TONS of class V+ creeking in the area (Bulls run, Deckers Creek...so many more)

North branch of Potomac has three whitewater releases in that time period and is also in the area. Big water feel tucked in the mountains-kinda like a mini New River.

A little further south-The Forks of the Cheat (Glady, Shavers, Laurel and Dry) are all excellent remote floats with class II-V depending, shaver's fork probably being the easiest to catch.

Seneca Creek as a wilderness run-whites creek-roaring run all good creeking.

Some Sections of the Tygart and the Middle Fork of Tygart have good large class 4 boulder gardens.

Futher South you have the Elk (above sutton) Cranberry, Williams, Cherry and it's forks-all great scenery and large creek type class III-IVs

Of course there is the New and Gauley a couple hours further south..

Some floats notable for scenery more than WW would be the South Branch Potomac -The Trough and Smokehole Canyon, Greenbrier River, Gauley above Summersville, Bluestone river just to name a few

Typically in WV, anything east of I79 and I77 have great WW...then it flattens back out by the eastern panhandle

If you want specifics lemme know. (or want a narrowed down search on certain criteria) I have over 400 floats in WV mapped with classes, skill level, hazards, rapids, access, campsites, fishing etc.
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Old 02-13-2013   #5
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Originally Posted by 2kanzam View Post

If you want specifics lemme know. (or want a narrowed down search on certain criteria) I have over 400 floats in WV mapped with classes, skill level, hazards, rapids, access, campsites, fishing etc.

I may hit you up for some more beta as the time gets closer.
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Old 02-13-2013   #6
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Fella, I split my time between Colorado and ohiopyle
Email me and I will hook you up with peeps that way.
Kknuth380 at aol dott com
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Old 02-13-2013   #7
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I live in Bruceton Mills WV

( 10 minutes from Cheatfest / Big Sandy / Upper Yough-Friendsville )

You are picking the best time to be here....

I'd be happy to show u around...
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Old 02-14-2013   #8
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Other posters have touched on the typical Appalachian runs.

Closer to the cities, you have the Potomac, the James, and the sleeping giant of East Coast playboating: the Susquehanna. They are higher volume and more play-oriented than the Appalachian stuff. But all are worth a paddle if you're in the area.I especially recommend the Potomac for it's surprisingly peaceful gorge tucked just outside the Beltway. Great Falls requires class V skills, but the Mather Gorge is good to go at most levels for a class III boater.

"A river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure."
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