Red Run, West Virginia, US
Ford along FS 13 road to confluence of Dry Fork
||V+ (for normal flows)
Red Run is the toughest regularly run creek in the Canaan Valley area. The creek is very small and
steep with only tiny eddies to rest in. There are several nasty sieves and undercuts mixed in with
continuous steep drops, making this a very difficult run. Trees are also a constant problem on this
run. The gnarly drops start early in the run and continue all the way till the end. Make sure you
bring your "A" game when you venture down into this canyon.
The first 3/4 mile of the creek is made up of continuous small rapids. Soon, the riverbed will
steepen and start heading down some slides. After a particularly long and fairly steep slide, you
know you are into the good section.
Goliath- This 3 part rapid is right below the long slide. It starts with a 10 foot falls onto a
twisty slide that banks off a nasty boulder before making a sharp right turn off a 5 foot ledge.
The second part is a tight boulder drop leading into a very narrow slot/pillow followed by an 8
foot ledge. The third part is a steep series of ledges run down the left.
Not far below Goliath, there is an 8 foot sloping ledge into an undercut. Make sure you drive left.
The creek continues down tons of steep boulder drops for the next mile or so until you reach Red
Red Run Falls- This is a slide into a 20+ foot falls onto rocks. It has been run intentionally on
the left but is definitely not recommended. Portage on the right.
Below the falls, paddle left under an overhanging cliff. You'll go back into a cave and it will be
very dark. There is a Class 2 rapid in the cave that brings you out under a trickling
The next section is perhaps the toughest on the run. The boulder drops get very steep and the moves
get pretty challenging. Several 8 foot ledges with sketchy landing zones are faced before the creek
splits on an island.
S**t Your Pants- When you see the island split, get out and scout. The right side of the island
starts with a 5 foot boof. Afterwards, the channels converge and more than half the flow drops into
a horrible sieve on the left. A little bit leaks out to the right, where you want to be. The sieve
is runable (I've run it intentionally several times) but it is not recommended. Portage on the
From here to the end, the creek continues dropping down more steep boulder drops and slots. The
easy slide at the Rt. 72 bridge gives little indication of the mayhem that lies upstream. Continue
down the Dry Fork and takeout at the Otter Creek Parking Lot.
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Last Updated: 2002-07-17 11:01:46