Cacapon, West Virginia, US
US 50 at Capon Bridge to WV 127 Bridge
||II (for normal flows)
First Ledge 2
First Ledge 2Photo of Steve by John Duke taken 09/27/03 @ 1 ft. on 127 bridge
This is a beautiful practiced novice run on the upper reaches of the Cacapon. The major rapids are
riverwide ledges and fastwater in sharp bends. Usually up in the winter and spring, the Cacapon
features unusual rock formations, including Caudy's Castle, Chapel Rock and Ice Mountain.
After closure of the Cold Stream access in 2003, regional paddling groups were working to secure
reliable access three miles upstream at the Hwy 50 bridge in Capon Bridge, WV. Word is there may be
a small use fee associated with the parking there and it is hoped the access will be available by
April, 2004. Takeout at WV127 bridge on river right downstream of bridge. (NOTE: When running a
shuttle via Rt. 15 and Rt. 45/20, be sure to go to the second bridge as you head east on Hwy. 127.
The first bridge is over the North River, a tributary of the Cacapon.
There are three ledges, with the third perhaps warranting a Class II+ rating because it can be
sticky. The first ledge can be snuck on the far right. The second has a clean line on the left and
the last is usually cleanest in the center right. The remaining rapids are Class I-II rock gardens
that are mostly wide open.
Posted by Ron on May 21, 2004 at 17:17:01:
In Reply to: Paddler's Access Notices posted by Ron Ray on May 21, 2004 at 17:13:39:
PAN Access Advisory Cacapon River at Capon Bridge (Rte 50) by Bing Garthright, 301-330-1225, April
Putting in at the Rte 50 bridge over the Cacapon River, in the town of Capon Bridge, adds about 4
miles to the more usual float from Edwards Run/Cold Spring down to Rte 127, the Forks of Cacapon.
This firm-ground parking spot and long, sloping bank is especially attractive during high water
levels. Thanks to the kind toleration of Mr. Donald Wolford of Capon Bridge, Paddlers' Access
Network (PAN) has found a new, very good access at the bridge. Mr. Wolford owns the Red Rooster
store (undergoing restoration in April 2004), the building immediately west of the bridge on the
north side of Rte 50. He is willing for us to turn downstream (north) immediately at the western
end of the bridge, drive down the gravel driveway, and park any vehicles that we leave there off to
the right of the driveway, along the river bank-not against the side of the store. The put-in is
about 25 yards downstream from the bridge on the left bank, down a well-grassed slope with a gently
sloping bank at the bottom.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: (1) We must call Mr. Wolford at least one day before paddling and let him
know the trip leader's name/telephone number and the number of cars that will end up being parked
at his store while we paddle down the Cacapon. Mr. Wolford's phone number is 304-856-2832. If we
reach his answering machine, it will be enough to leave the information on the machine. He is not
giving permission, but rather just trying to keep informed about what cars are doing parked on the
property. (2) Parking space is probably limited to three vehicles, but parking for a few minutes
while unloading could be done by about 8 vehicles. (3) Mr. Wolford has had problems with other
paddlers leaving trash at this put-in. Please bag and remove any trash you find there before
THANKS TO: Don Wolford's kindness; Zeth Zajac's extensive scouting, and a tip from Dick Gramm.
PLEASE NOTE: Private owners and organizations never invite paddlers to use their land. Most are
kind enough to tolerate it. Just as we paddle at our own risk, we use advisories, parking spaces,
and access sites at our own risk.
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Last Updated: 2004-06-01 23:03:59