Tearcoat Creek, West Virginia, US
US 50 near Pleasantdale to the confluence of the North River
||II-III (for normal flows)
Tearcoat is a short pleasant whitewater run through an attractive gorge. The frequent Class II-III
rapids are mostly on blind turns and should be at least boat scouted for strainers.
To get to the putin, turn left onto CR 50/17 just west of where Route 50 crosses the Tearcoat. This
road follows the river, and an easy putin can be made about a quarter mile upstream. You could
probably proceed further upstream but all of the good stuff is below 50.
The rapids start a few hundred yards below Rt. 50. Overall this run is comparable to Virginia's
Passage Creek but not quite as hard. The most challenging rapid comes about halfway through the
run. There is a low Class III rapid that starts to turn right but bends back to the left. There is
a very picturesque rock overhang on your right. Below this overhang, most of the flow is blocked by
two large boulders that you can shoot between. At low water, you could pin between these rocks,
which happened on a recent trip.
To get to the takeout, go back to Rt. 50 and turn east and proceed for approximately one mile to CR
50/19 on your left. Go down CR 50/19 for about 2 miles until there is a fork in the road. The
takeout is a few hundred yards down the left fork. This road is somewhat marginal, so watch out
getting stuck. The right fork goes to a private vacation camp just above the confluence of the
Tearcoat and the North. This could also be used as a takeout with permission.
The Tearcoat is included in Ed Grove's Classic Virginia Rivers even though it's in West Virginia.
He must have a soft spot for it or something. It's a pretty entertaining run, but it's rather
short. You could combine it with a run somewhere further out on Rt. 50, like the Cheat or
Bloomington, or a run of the Lost or Cacapon, which are both about 45 minutes away (close by WV
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Last Updated: 2003-07-05 03:22:52