Hiking — Blue Hole/Jenkinsburg

Description

This area includes a local swimming hole and access for whitewater on the Cheat. This area has its good and bad points. The actual Blue Hole (upstream on the Big Sandy Creek) is a beautiful swimming hole. The area around the Jenkinsburg Bridge has been rehabilitated from a trashy muddy mess to a gravel parking lot with boulders and a gate to keep vehicles from driving down to the river. However, many trashed campsites continue to dot the woods around the area. Mountain Streams and Trails (a local whitewater company) owns this area and allows private use of the site, but make sure your use is proper so the relationship continues to be good (park in the parking lot, do not camp in the lot, carry out your trash, be courteous to other users). Be aware that there are times (usually on weekends and nighttime) that this area is inundated by large groups of locals and college students.

Directions from Morgantown

The Masontown (Rt & to CR 23 to Bull Run Rd) access Blue Hole is only passable by a 4 wheel drive high clearance vehicle.  The suggested route (this is still no place for a car) into the canyon is I 68 to Bruceton Mills exit and south on rt. 26 for 2 miles.  Take a right on Pleasant Valley rd. and go for about 8 miles on CR 26/16, 14/3, 14 & 14/4 (Bull Run Rd) to Jenkinsburg bridge and Blue Hole at the bottom of the canyon.

Travel Time:

45 min

Activities:

Swimming Hole, Camping, Whitewater, Fishing

ORC Resources:

Book – “Day Trips with a Splash, Northeastern Swimming Holes”

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