The distance for this run is 11.1 miles - based on information from Bob Anderson (he was using his GPS to check distances).
The comment about it being four miles from Stonecliff to Thurmond is way off. I remember it as being around a mile. Google Earth says 1.25 miles. It is not such a long way to paddle on a nice day. I did it many times in a large commercial raft. Stonecliff is certainly more convenient if you don't live at the Thurmond takeout.
I've ran this river 8-10 times, sometimes in a kayak and some in a duckie. I agree with one of the previous boaters. The type of boat can make or break a day here. I actually started paddling on the Mcreery to Thurmond section in a kayak. My take on the Upper New is that it can be a good beginner run if you are in a kayak or IK. A roll is nice but as long as you can wet exit you will be fine. An open canoe, especially with no floatation could lead to a bad day. As far as holes go, low water levels are the worst for sticky ones. A good level (In my opinion is 7ft on the thurmond gauge)just big waves at this level and the rapids all end in deep pools, so if you swim you have plenty of time to collect your stuff. S. Sage
Just wanted to post some rapid names. These are the rapids from McCreery or Prince. These are the names used by most outfitters, but some have multiple. If you know them by other names, feel free to ad to this list.
Rapid Name- Class.
Entrance Rapid- 2+
Photo Rapid- 2+ (photos taken on left)
Army Camp beach on Right
Ripple 1- 1
Ripple 2- 1
Zipity Do-Da- 2+
Duckie Muncher- 2+/3
381- 2+ (Named for the long gone railroad mile markers)
(Dowdy Creek tunnel on Right)
Little Ripple- 1
The Ledges- 2+/3
Thayer Pool- about 1.6 miles long
Metel Chunk- 2+
Clairmont Ripple- 2/2+
No Name Rapid- 2+
Upper Sandstone Rapid- 2+
Sandstone Rapid- 2
Sandstone Take-Out- River Left
Date: May 30 2003, 2:38 GMT
McCreery to Stonecliff
Cross to the river right side on Route 41 and turn left onto CR-25, then follow it all the way to Stonecliff.
Or take Route 41 south (toward Beckley) and then go right on Route 61. When you get to Glen Jean find CR-25 and take it down to Thurmond. When you get to Thurmond CR-25 will turn right and follow the New upstream to StoneCliff.
Meadow Creek to McCreery
From I-64 take exit 138 and follow CR-7 to Meadow Creek. To get to McCreery from there you can go back to I-64, take it to exit 124 (East Beckley). Then go right and the road you are on will join with Business Route 19 (Eisenhower Drive). Take that road to US 41 and turn right on US 41 to go down to McCreery.
Another way to get to McCreery from Meadow Creek it to stay on river right. Take CR7-1 from Meadow Creek thru Claypool. When you get to Rt 20 turn left and and go a short distance to CR-31. Turn left onto CR-31 and take it to Route 41 (going thru Danese on your way). When you get to Route 41 turn left and drive down to the New. Croos the New and you are at McCreery.
the waves at silo can waterlog u did it in open 14 ft canoe next time ill throw a couple of strn pry in the stroke mix
5 years ago
by Charles and Nancy Brabec
8 years ago
by Samantha Cree
9 years ago
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Calm between the drops
Silo at 3.0 feet
The New River
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Dowdy Ck Falls
Ted Duncan on Slide rapid
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Nancy Kell, a very experienced Mid-States kayaker, died on February 24th after flipping in a Class II rapid on West Virginia's Red Creek. There were a number of strainers in the vicinity above and below the water. One of them snagged her tow tether, pulled her out of her boat, and held her under water. She was with a very experienced crew but they could not reach her quickly enough. Equipment snags are a real risk. In the light of this accident I strongly urge anyone using a cowtail, pigtail, or tow tether to recheck your setup, and to consider whether wearing a tow tether makes sense. Be certain that your tether releases cleanly at both ends. Do not attach the front carabiner to a non-releasable point, like a pocket or strap. Ms. Kell did this, and it may have been a contributing factor. Apparently many current rescue PFD designs to not feature a front release point! Do not attach a tether to the rear of your PFD with a non-locking carabiner, as that may inadvertently clip into a rope. The tether should fit very snugly, without sagging, but as the photo shows Ms. Kell did that, and it did not protect her! The harness release should be quick and foolproof. Practice harness releases under pressure before using it on the river. Finally, remember that any additional strap is a potential snag hazard. Ask yourself if the usefulness of a tow tether is worth the risk, especially on small, strainer infrested creeks. Carry it in a PFD pocket or dry bag if necessary. Click for a link to the report in the AW Accident Database. (Jeff Macklin Photo)
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