Five Southeast Rafting Classics
Saturday, Maryland, Upper Youghiogheny River.
Get up early and continue north on Interstate 79 to Highway 48 and follow it east to Friendsville, Maryland.
The Upper Yough is a whitewater bonanza, an exciting river nestled in the hills of extreme western Maryland and offering breathtaking drops through boulder-strewn rapids. The Upper Yough offers Class IV water with a few rough Class V's thrown in for good measure. Just to give you an idea of the violent nature of the Yough's big water, the river drops an average of 116 feet per mile, and these feet show up as precipitous drops in more than 20 Class IV and V rapids like Meat Cleaver, National Falls, Charlie's Choice, and Tommy's Hole. The Yough offers eleven miles of powerful and careening rapids, approaching the excitement of your previous day's experience on the Gauley.
Alright, you've run five rivers in six days, and driven through seven states. You've seen beautiful scenery ranging from the pine forests of Georgia to the steep hardwood-forested mountains of Maryland, experienced world class whitewater, had a day for a leisurely kayak run or a hike through the Smokies, and still have a day left to get home. You missed that expensive and cramped airplane flight, or worse yet, a three-day drive across Kansas, and you didn't spend your next six months of car payments so you'll have some bucks next year to hit some of the other great rivers of the East you missed this year: the Nolichucky, Russell Fork, Cheat, or Tygart.
Besides all that, they don't even know what Moon Pies are out West.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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