New - 11. Sandstone to McCreery


New, West Virginia, US

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11. Sandstone to McCreery

Usual Difficulty I-III (for normal flows)
Length 15 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
NEW RIVER AT THURMOND, WV
usgs-03185400 800 - 24000 cfs I-III 00h48m 1970 cfs (running)


River Description

Shorter trips use intermediate take-outs and put-ins:
Meadow Creek - river right
Glade Creek - river left
Mill Creek - river left
Grandview Sandbar - river left.

The most popular trip is from Glade Creek to the Grandview Sandbar and includes the two longest and biggest rapids of the entire section: Grassy Shoals and Quinnimont Rapids - Class III-

Additional RF 1 sections include 05050004027,05050004026,05050004025, and 05050004021

NPS Guide to paddling the New River

NPS map of the New & Gauley Rivers

Posted by UncleFuzzy to BoaterTalk:
Meadow Creek to McCreery

From I-64, take exit 138 and follow CR-7 to Meadow Creek.
To get to McCreery from there, you can go back to I-64, take it to exit 124 (East Beckley).
Then go right and the road you are on will join with Business Route 19 (Eisenhower Drive).
Take that road to US 41 and turn right on US 41 to go down to McCreery.

Another way to get to McCreery from Meadow Creek is to stay on river right. Take CR7-1 from Meadow Creek through Claypool.
When you get to Rte 20, turn left and and go a short distance to CR-31.
Turn left onto CR-31 and take it to Route 41 (going through Danese on your way).
When you get to Route 41, turn left and drive down to the New.
Cross the New and you are at McCreery.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2004-08-05 01:20:47

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments


2011-09-01 07:02:07 (1126 days ago)
DonaldB (152289)
Did the Glade Creek to Grandview section over the summer at 1' on the virtual gauge. The first drop
is a pretty good one at that level with fairly large wave trains and pourovers to avoid, a solid
class 2, maybe 2+. I was quite surprised something that large was on this part. Slackwater is
tolerable and not too long before the next set of shoals or shallow ledges is experienced. One more
drop of note is toward the end, again a fairly good sized rapid with the more interesting route
being through the center, avoiding pourover rocks on the left. Easier stuff is on the right.
Continuing past Grandview to McCreery does not net any interesting rapids and was mainly flatwater
at the gauge level. The dirt shuttle road follows the river the entire way and parking at Glade
Creek and Grandview is large but fills quickly on weekends and holidays. As of this summer, parking
at McCreery is only allowed across the road, so don't leave your car in the lot off the river or it
may be towed according to the sign.

2007-08-15 10:56:16 (2604 days ago)
x (1)
This is one of the nicest stretches of private mild whitewater and fishing on the New. Beautiful
remote area with abundant wildlife, frequent rapids, short pools (mostly) and lack of commercial
boats/tourists make this my family vacation destination.

2003-09-30 01:27:06 (4019 days ago)
Brad RobertsDetails
From Boatertalk:
Date: May 30 2003, 2:38 GMT
From: unclefuzzy

McCreery to Stonecliff
Cross to the river right side on Route 41 and turn left onto CR-25, then follow it all the way to
Stonecliff.

Or take Route 41 south (toward Beckley) and then go right on Route 61. When you get to Glen Jean
find CR-25 and take it down to Thurmond. When you get to Thurmond CR-25 will turn right and follow
the New upstream to StoneCliff.

Meadow Creek to McCreery

From I-64 take exit 138 and follow CR-7 to Meadow Creek. To get to McCreery from there you can go
back to I-64, take it to exit 124 (East Beckley). Then go right and the road you are on will join
with Business Route 19 (Eisenhower Drive). Take that road to US 41 and turn right on US 41 to go
down to McCreery.

Another way to get to McCreery from Meadow Creek it to stay on river right. Take CR7-1 from Meadow
Creek thru Claypool. When you get to Rt 20 turn left and and go a short distance to CR-31. Turn
left onto CR-31 and take it to Route 41 (going thru Danese on your way). When you get to Route 41
turn left and drive down to the New. Croos the New and you are at McCreery.

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