South Branch of the Potomac(Smoke Hole Picnic Area to Petersburg)


This is a classic float/fishing trip in a long beautiful canyon that features massive rock formations and great camping spots. The rapids are consistent class I-II with a couple class II +. Keep an eye out for eagles here. Map 1  Map 2 Map 3 (pdf).


The take-out is at a public river access site in Petersburg on the north side of the 220 bridge. To get to the put-in’s, take 220 south for about 16 miles to Smoke Hole Rd (cr 2). Follow this road for 5-10 miles along the river to many put-in alternatives. Put-in at the picnic area bridge (Google Directions below) makes this a 21 mile run, while put-in at Big Bend Campground makes it about a 15 mile trip.


Whitewater , Fishing, Canoeing, Camping

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