New, West Virginia, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-III(IV) (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||10 fpm|
|NEW RIVER AT HINTON, WV|
|usgs-03184500||1.35 - 5.90 ft||I-III(IV)||00h33m||5.29 ft (running)|
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|4.0||Tug Creek Rapid||III|
|6.9||Brooks Play wave||II|
|8.0||Brooks Island ledge||II+|
At least five good catch on the fly surf spots can be caught running center to center-left in this rapid. At least one of these allows cartwheels at prime levels. There is a playspot bottom right of rapid around 3ft at a wide but shallow ledge which is gentle and big enough for two boaters to play in at the same time. (Excellent horizontal play.) Around 4ft there is a wave/hole bottom left of this rapid.
This is a fairly good park and play spot on river left at the Brooks Daypark on River Road going toward Sandstone Falls. Video of surf. Surfable down to 2.5'. Ideal at 7500 - 10000 CFS, 2.7' - 3.6'. Ends possible at 8500 - 10000 CFS, 3.3' - 3.6' (in short boat).
This is a ledge drop of about 4 feet or so if run center of the right of island channel. Run left of island for a complete sneak or river right bank of island or far right to sneak this ledge hole that can get nasty. Easy boof for intermedate boaters. There have been rescues here due to unwary river users.
There are numerous earlier takeouts for novices to take advantage of that are roadside before you get to Sandstone. Sandstone Falls (far left portion) is not much fun below 10,000 CFS or 3.5ft. It gets boney and you just end up doing a seal launch off the lip of the falls. If you do choose to run the falls stay far left (no farther than twenty feet off the river left bank). There is a 15 ft slide before you get to the pool above the falls. Picture of Slide Take out in the pool below the slide and scout the falls from the boardwalk. The preferred line is the highest drop and the cleanest (shown in pic). Other lines have submerged rocks and logs that change constantly with all the debris.
There are some class IV to V drops in the river right channel. I've run the far left one (of the right channel). Bring your creek boat if you are up for these.
This rapid (directly below Sandstone Falls) is for those who enjoy huge surf. Great waves form above 5 feet, but are not eddy accessible. Easy walk, partly on boardwalk back to put in. At extremely high levels (Thurmond gauge reading somewhere in the 15-18 ft range) this is easlily 12 feet high and surfable.