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Difficulty IV
Length 5 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 05/24/2009 1:34 pm

River Description

Takeout Latitude: 37,45,50N

Takeout Longitude: 81,02,37W

Good intro to creeking. Some cool boulder drops. Mostly bedrock rapids. One ten foot waterfall about 2/3s of the way down. A nice 4 stage waterfall right above the takeout. There is an old logging road down the river right side, making for easy portages.

The takeout is at the parking area where the pinch creek enters Glade Creek or continue on for another 7 miles of similiar whitewater.

Rapid Descriptions


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jason Emerson
7 years ago

If you're planning on running Glade Creek in Raleigh make sure you leave enough time and daylight for scouting and portaging. There is some wood in nearly every rapid. We had 4 mandatory portages, one mandatory monkey crawl, and two pins on logs. What normally takes us 1:45-2 hours took 3. When you go take a saw, a rope and your "A" game.

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Robert Farmer
14 years ago

I'd call it Class 4-5. There are two big falls, one next to the road, that are a bit stiff with a lot of water. The long, smooth bedrock slides are fun, but a little intimidating if you don't know what's ahead.

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16 years ago

Paddle Recovered, A big thanks to Matt McMillion!!!!

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17 years ago

Hey there, I lost a paddle on this run. Its a Pothole Slasher, and has my name on it. Lost it on Sunday april 28 about a mile above the take out. There is a reward for it. Email me at

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Gage Descriptions

0.8 has been described as a minimum. I believe the gauge is on the put-in bridge.

Directions Description

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2018-05-17 n/a Near Miss/Rescue Cold Water Read More




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Cheat Canyon Settlement Reached; Land Set Aside for Endangered Species

Charles Walbridge

After two years of intense negotiations an agreement reached to protect endangered species in the Cheat River Canyon. Allegheny Wood Products acquired roughly 5,000 acres in the Cheat Canyon below Albright, WV in 2003 for $9.75 million. When they began building roads and cutting trees the following year the government took no steps to enforce the Endangered Species Act. A lawsuit was filed in 2005 by Friends of Blackwater Canyon, the WV Chapter of the Sierra Club, and the Cheat Lake Environmental and Recreational Association. Although American Whitewater was not a party to the litigation we are gratified that an agreement was reached and commend both parties for their efforts.

Ryan Groth


Tracy Jackson


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