Potomac, S. Branch, West Virginia, US
4. US 220 Bridge North of Upper Tract to Big Bend Campground (Upper Smokehole Canyon)
||I-III+ (for normal flows)
LandSlide Rapid,SmokeHolePhoto by ZZ taken 07/31/03
The easiest put-in is a 200 yards below the US 220 Bridge on river left at a river ford.
The first rapid as you enter a small box canyon is called Landslide and is more impressive looking
then difficult. Boaters unfamiliar with this rapid should scout from river right. A river left boat
scouting eddy comes and goes according to how severe the last high water affected it.
or boaters going to Big Bend there will be a portage at a low water bridge about 5 miles from the
A shorter trip can be made by taking out at "Eagles Rock",a tall rock face pinnacle on
River right.It will come into view once you leave the canyon and into flater water.A short acces
road will be to your left with room to leave a vehicle.There is also a gated area but if you decide
to use the field beyond it,please be mindful to chain the gate.
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Last Updated: 2018-02-27 18:48:56