Cacapon River


The Cacapon is a great canoeing experience.  There is a newly designated water trail (link below) that includes a great guide and water trail map.  The river includes an upper section from Wardensville to Capon Bridge that is 25 miles of flowing water with farmland, cliffs and pools.  The middle section  from Capon Bridge to Rt. 127 is 11.5 miles of class I-III whitewater (detailed in the whitewater page).  The lower part of the river from Rt 127 Bridge to Great Cacapon includes over 38 miles of A1 to class I water that meanders through the Eastern Panhandle of WV.  Float fishing is popular on the Cacapon.  River levels should be at least two feet on the Great Cacapon Gauge.  Above five feet at the South Fork SB Gauge (Moorfield) is likely too high (nearby drainage).  


The put-in is at the Rt. 127 bridge at Forks of Cacapon (Google directions below).  Other put-in and take-out locations exist at Cacapon Crossing, Fishers Ford Bridge, CR 7 bridge, Powerhouse and Great Cacapon (See trail map).  


Canoeing, Fishing, Whitewater

Web Resources:

Cacapon River Watershed Trail web page


Book: "A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to West Virginia", "Paddling Virginia and West Virginia: A Guide to the Area's Greatest Paddling Adventures"

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