Cherry River (North Fork)


The North Fork of the Cherry River is centrally located in the heart of one of West Virginia's great outdoor playgrounds.  With some of the best backpacking, hiking mountain biking, fishing and camping to go along with the whitewater, this is a spectacular part of West Virginia.  The Cherry provides a good intermediate creek boat experience.  The run is almost continuous class III with a few class IV rapids.  Rt. 55 boarders the whole section, which allows for some scouting from the road and an easy shuttle Class III-IV. 13 miles.  Find more details on the American Whitewater link below.  


The North Fork of the Cherry River is located in south central West Virginia, flowing into Richwood.  The put-in is located along Rt. 55 at the North Bend Picnic Area  (Google directions below) and the take out is in Richwood just behind the High School.  Put-In:  38.231204, -80.441763  Take-Out: 38.222846, -80.528933   


BackpackingBicycling, Camping (Big Rock Campground), Camping (Cranberry River Sites), Camping (Cranberry Campground), Fishing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Swimming Holes, Whitewater

Web resources:

American Whitewater Page

ORC Resources:

Book ” A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to West Virginia”

Hero photo and gallery photos courtesy of Jeff Macklin.

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