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Put-in: From the US 220 Bridge between Keyser, WV and McCoole, MD, take McMullen Hwy (US 220) north 3.25 miles and turn right at Black Oak Rd. Immediately after you cross the railroad tracks there is the Black Oak river access on your right.
Take-out: From Black Oak river access: Take McMullen Highway (US 220) north a little more than 8 miles (just past the Rt 956 bridge turnoff). There is a gravel road off to the right that crosses the railroad tracks in an odd humped crossing (check for trains). After the RR crossing turn right and follow the road towards the river until it comes to a parking area under the Rt 956 bridge.
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American Whitewater. Don't worry about multiple submissions from other witnesses, as our safety
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Many thanks those who have contributed to AW's Sang Run Access Fund on line. We raised over $1200 to pay for the porta potty and gravel. Thanks to you, we've maintained this site for the State of Maryland for over 20 years! Let's also give a special shout out to Don Millard, who has cut the grass in both Friendsville and Sang Run for many years to keep our access costs low. If not for him you might see a parking fee of $5 a head at both ends! Jeff Macklin Photo
Get your groove on baby! This year Gauley Fest is a 60’s themed event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. To memorialize that historic event we are flashing back to another era for a 60’s throwdown. Started in 1983 to celebrate the derailment of a hydro-electric project that would have disrupted the flows on the Gauley River, Gauley Fest has grown to become the largest paddling festival in the world.
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