SOUTH BRANCH OF THE POTOMAC* Jim Blackham Memorial Trip, author unknown

SOUTH BRANCH OF THE POTOMAC* Jim Blackham Memorial Trip, author unknown

SOUTH BRANCH OF THE POTOMAC*  Jim Blackham Memorial Trip, author unknown


Jim Blackham Memorial Trip


Friday through Sunday

April 13, 14, and 15, 2007




Donna Egbert                C412-719-6637

Judy Polczynski-Macklin  C724-448-1602


Due to water levels, last-minute changes may be made.  Call Donna or Judy by cell phone to check last minute arrangements.  We usually head for West Virginia on Thursday.


Note:    Whitewater classification ratings given below are based upon average water levels.


FRIDAY: Join us for a scenic, 10-mile run on the Class II North Fork of the Potomac River, beginning at the base of spectacular Seneca Rocks. Meeting time will be 12:00 p.m. in the parking lot at the base of the rocks. Plan to arrive earlier if you want to hike to the viewing platform of the Seneca Rocks North Peak. Many of us often have a picnic lunch in the parking lot prior to running shuttle at 12:15 p.m. Put-in will be at 1:00 p.m., SHARP! Jim Blackham was known for his punctuality, so we try our best to maintain that tradition! Bring a snack for on the water. The group usually has dinner in Petersburg, complete with storytelling and photos from previous years’ Blackham trips. Please bring pictures if you have any to share.


SATURDAY: 8 a.m., SHARP! We will organize the 12-mile run on the South Branch of the Potomac in the parking lot of the Fort Hill Motel in Petersburg. Pack a lunch and plenty of drinking water for on the river. This is a very scenic Class I-II run, suitable for beginners and canoes. The main group will be putting in at Big Bend Campground and paddling to the outskirts of Petersburg. However, there is a shorter Class III run upstream from Big Bend with access from the shuttle road that may also be run if anyone is interested. After paddling, join the group for another fun-filled dinner at a local restaurant after sprucing up from a day of paddling.


SUNDAY: Meeting time to be determined Saturday evening, but it will be sharp! We will once again organize in the parking lot of the Fort Hill Motel. Usually, we run Hopeville Canyon, a short, scenic Class III stretch of the North Fork, before heading home.


Lots of other things to do... bring the whole family:


Local trails for hiking are available at Seneca Rocks, Dolly Sods, and Spruce Knob, West Virginia’s highest point. Check out underground West Virginia at Smoke Hole Caverns or Seneca Caverns. Enjoy the local color at Yokum’s and Buck Harper’s general stores. The Discovery Center at Seneca Rocks is quite interesting and is a great place to get ideas for local outdoor activities. Mountain biking trail information is also available at the Discovery Center. Bring along your camera, as photographic opportunities abound in this scenic area!


Fishing in Seneca Creek and the South Branch is great, but you need a West Virginia Fishing License, available at the crossroad village of Seneca Rocks.


Accommodations: Suggested accommodations are at the Fort Hill Motel in Petersburg, WV (304) 257-4717.   Smoking is not permitted on the motel property. Small refrigerators are provided in every room. Make your reservations as soon as possible, as this is a popular destination in the spring and rooms fill up quickly.


Camping is available near Seneca Rocks at Seneca Shadows Campground (877) 444-6777 or Yokum’s Vacationland/Princess Snowbird Campground