Meadow, West Virginia, US
2. Nallen to Route 19 Bridge (Middle Meadow)
||III-IV (for normal flows)
Miracle Mile - Middle Meadow
Miracle Mile - Middle MeadowPhoto of Kevin McCloud by Jaime Stratton
You can avoid a bit of flat water by opting to put in about 1 mile above the Wilderness PSD water
plant instead of going all the way up to the Route 41 bridge at Nallen. The locals call the mile
above the water plant the "Miracle Mile". It is almost continuous class II/III+ rapids
with lots of play spots. This section often collects trees and debris so watch out for strainers.
It's also a good idea to choose your lines carefully and watch out for undercuts - they are
There is a potentially deadly pinning spot (especially a levels below 1000 cfs) in the second
major rapid. This rapid can be identified from upstream by a large boulder in the center near the
top of the rapid and a house sized boulder on river right at the bottom of the rapid (with
numerous trees growning on top). The majority of the water flows to the right of the center rock
and over a 3' ledge. Just below the ledge is a flat rock that is barely under water at 650 cfs.
This rock creates the pinning situation (or a very sore back caused by boofing onto the flat
rock). There is a small slot to the left of the center boulder that is a better line if it is not
blocked by strainers and another line around the ledge along the far right side of the river. The
photo "Terminal Hole in
Miracle Mile" shows the ledge and the flat rock. You can also see the flow around the
far side of the center rock (the riover left line). The far right line brings the boater back to
the center of the river just above the slanting rock at the front of the raft.
The Miracle Mile is a good section for checking out the boating skills of the group while you
still have a chance to easily get off the river. Once you pass the water plant, Route 41 veers
away from the river and there is no easy way to take off the river (although an abandonded
railroad line runs along river left if you really need to get off).
Whatever you do, make sure you don't miss the takeout under the Route 19 bridge. If you do you
will be in for a surprise on the Lower Meadow!
Putin: Route 41 bridge at Nallen or 1 mile above Wilderness PSD water plant
Takeout: Route 19 Bridge
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Last Updated: 2006-03-11 19:13:24