Alternate put-in at head of river road (Gladwin). Alternate takeouts at end of river road (Gladwin), at confluence with Otter Creek (footbridge and parking lot access to Otter Creek trail) and at AW takeout at foot of 2nd street in Hendricks (footbridge).
The lower Dry Fork starting at head of river road (Gladwin) is an excellent intermediate training run and a surfer's paradise with numerous holes and waves, some of which are even fine park and play. Though not a wilderness run, it's still very scenic with creeks entering from both sides and several waterfalls cascading in from the left. In addition, this may be the safest class III run in WV, since it harbors little in the way of large boulders,undercuts,strainers or recirculating holes. It has been run at very high levels by strong advanced paddlers. River road runs streamside for approx 5 miles.
The popular takeout 1 mile downstream of Otter Creek is not recommended since there have been several incidents of vandalism to paddlers vehicles there. CJ's Pizzeria in Parsons is the post-paddling spot for food and libations.
Directions from AW takeout in Hendricks: Take Rte. 72 South to river road (1st right after crossing bridge over Red Run). To put in at Gladwin, stay on river road past the AWFS flood gauge to a wide spot on the road, above which this road becomes private property. To put in at Jenningston, turn left at the AWFS flood gauge and then right onto Rte. 72 south and follow Rte. 72 to a right on the Jenningston road (yes, there is a sign). Cross the bridge in Jenningston and turn downstream to a small parking area in approx 200 yards.
For advanced/expert paddlers looking to boat the Dry Fork as a dessert run, the Blackwater River and Otter Creek are nearby.
There is a new campground in Parsons called Five River Campground owned by John & Joyce Bowers.They are great folks and very boater friendly. The sites have electricity, water and cable hookups if you want. There are flush toilets and HOT showers. The first time we showed up there it was 2 am and raining and the first thing we saw was two double car ports which are available at no extra charge. The campground sits on the banks of the Cheat River. To reach the campground turn north onto Walnut street between the courthouse and the old bank building and follow this street right into the campground. Their website is www.fiverivercampground.com and e-mail at email@example.com. Phone # is 304-478-3515. Check them out.
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We were there on May 2, 2009. The tree is still at the rock but was little to no problem for those with good boat control.
From Boygenius on Boatertalk:
Dry Fork Hole: (good above 2,000 cfs--Dry Fork at Hendricks)
Woke up and played the Dry Fork hole for about 45 minutes. The level had dropped significantly, but it was still really good for throwing ends both ways and splits both ways. It was fun, controllable, and powerful enough that it was unnecessary to push very hard to make the ends go through. The second hole was REALLY shallow, so I avoided it like grandma's armpit stink. There was no one else around...I LOVE WV!!!
How to get there:
From Hendricks, WV (Lower Blackwater take-out town) head south on 72 (river will be on your right) After passing 2 Otter Creek wilderness trailheads, split off onto a much smaller road on the right--72 will leave the river at this point, and the smaller road drops down to almost river level and continues to follow it. Drive the smaller road for 2-3 miles. Eventually, this road will cross a small trib, then leave the river uphill to the left. I've been told that at 5,000 cfs and higher, an AMAZING wave forms right there at the put-in. To play the lower water spots that I played, head back downstream to the next pull-off at the side of the river. This is right near the next rapid below the put-in rapid. In that rapid, the stream wraps to the river left around a small island and has 2 good holes and sometimes a wave.
6 years ago
by Robert Farmer
USGS Hendricks located in Hendricks on river right.
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Typical Rapid on Dry Fork, Cheat, Section 4
Surfing at Hole Brothers Rapid, Dry Fork, Cheat
Cheat, Dry Fork, Section 4 Put-in on upstream end of river road
Above Hanging Bridge
Big Water Fun
Dry Fork Gorge
Big Water Surfing, Dry Fork Style
Finishing "BIG NASTY"
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Surfing the Dry Fork
Surfing the Dry Fork of the Cheat River
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