Sunday, June 19th: FREE Float the “Trough” on the South Branch Potomac for father's day

in Romney, WV

Trip Description:

About 40 paddlers joined the Upper Potomac Riverkeeper enjoyed this one of a kind beautiful and scenic river, the Trough! The Trough is a 6-mile long wooded gorge carved by the South Branch Potomac River with cliff faces almost 2,000 feet tall, situated in the Allegheny Mountains. The Trough is a prime breeding ground for bald eagles because of the limited access, clear water and rugged mountain terrain. We provided a catered lunch by Virginia BBQ. Some paddlers and families camped at the Wapocoma Campground just a few miles down the river from Jerry’s General Trough Store and Canoe Rental. Best of all -- this trip was FREE through a generous Small Partnership grant from the WV Department of Environmental Protection.

Paddle Distance: 7 miles/4 hrs

Paddle Level: Beginner/intermediate

Outfitter: Trough General Store & Canoe Rental 304-822-7601

Arrival LocationJerry’s Trough General Store and Canoe Rental [Take WV Route 50 from either east or west to Romney. Just west of Romney, turn south on South Branch River Road, 9 1/2 miles at Public Access #10.]

Arrival Time: 9:30 am, float begins 11:00am

Cost: FREE - First come, first served! We have 20 canoes and 8 single kayaks. And you can register to BYOB (Bring your Own Boat). But there is a maximum of 21 total boats. Minimum age is 5.

Additional Activity:

  • Guided tour of the Trough
  • Optional overnight camping available at Wapocoma Campground [Co Rte 8, Rio, WV 26755 (304) 822-5528]
  • Free waterproof South Branch Water Trail Maps & commemorative paddle t-shirt
  • Lunch will be catered by Virginia BBQ