Cherry, N. Fork - Third WV 39 and 55 Bridge to Richwood

Cherry, N. Fork, West Virginia, US


Third WV 39 and 55 Bridge to Richwood

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 13 Miles
Avg. Gradient 66 fpm

North Fork Cherry

North Fork Cherry
Photo of Nick Lipkowski by Tom O'Keefe taken 09/09/03 @ 16.2'

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03189100 13.90 - 17.00 ft III-IV 00h36m 11.35 ft (too low)

River Description

Logistics: You have a couple options for access on this run. One popular put-in is at the second Hwy 39/55 Bridge across the river. Alternatively you can continue upstream to the Monongahela National Forest North Bend Picnic Area. Beware of strainers that are more prevelant as you continue further upstream. The take-out is at the Richwood School Bridge.

Description: The North Fork Cherry provides consistent action and is a fun run when area rivers are flowing high. As flows increase the eddies begin to disappear and you need to be prepared for strainer hazards so use caution. The run is nearly continuous class III and as you continue downstream there are a couple of class IV rapids. Use caution at a couple of man-made ledges, but you should be able to find a clean line. There is also a dam behind the 4 Seasons Hotel as you approach the take-out. Scout carefully to pick your line and continue through the best class IV rapid on the run just downstream. There is another dam a short distance downstream.

StreamTeam Status: Verified
Last Updated: 2004-08-04 22:55:44

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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September 10 2016 (858 days ago)
Steve McLuckieDetails
Looked at this in a few places while driving WV 39 just before Labor day weekend. This is one of
the areas that was hit very hard by flooding in June 2016, and there is an enormous amount of wood.
Be extremely cautious.
April 29 2012 (2453 days ago)
Chris PreperatoDetails
We ran this at about 13.5ft on the Craigsville gauge, and I'd say it was a little below minimum. We
made it down, but with more scraping than I'd prefer. We put-in just above the first bridge over
the river; higher up was too shallow. One river-wide log in the rapids just above the bridge, might
be hard to see with more water. After the dam/slide at the lodge, there is a big log jam that was
passable on the far right and far left, but it would be dicier with more water pushing at it. The
2nd dam is easily run on the left, right side is classic low-head dam. A good III+ run at our
flows, might push IV with higher water
January 28 2006 (4736 days ago)
Robert FarmerDetails
The upper section of the N. Fork had, when I was there, the biggest, most suddenly-appearing
strainer/log jam that I've ever seen---very unsettling. Other than that, this is an excellent 3-4
run, with virtually non-stop action. Watch out for Rudolph Falls, behind the motel. Scout or carry.