Whitewater — North Branch of the Potomac (Styer to Shalamar)


This is considered one of the regions best advanced runs with continuous class IV ledges that create a “western style” higher volume flush whitewater experience (different than most of the pool/drop rivers in the east). 12-13 miles. Map (pdf).

Directions from Morgantown

I 68 to Friendsville, MD. Follow Rt. 42 South for 7.5 miles to Rt 219S. Go 8.1 miles to Sand Flat Rd. Turn left and go 4.4miles to SR 135. Go east (left) for 6.1 miles to SR 38 S. 5.5 more miles and you get to Kitzmiller where you go south on Shalamar rd along the river to the take-out. To get to the put-in, take rt 42 S from Kitzmiller to rt. 50 W to Gormania. On the MD side, go downstream on a gravel rd to Styer and the put-in.

Travel Time:

1 1/2hr







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ORC Resources:

Book ” A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to West Virginia”

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