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  Posted by: tdaniel on May-06-13 7:16 AM (EST)

I routinely paddle that stretch of river- all be it in day trips . You're going to have two full days of paddling. Your average speed is likely to be two to three miles per hour. Hinton/Bellepoint to Glade Creek or ArmyCamp is doable in a day as is Glade Creek to Stone Cliff/Thurmond. You might want to shorten up the trip a tad so that its more enjoyable. If you're leaving a car overnight there may be better spots to leave your car than in Hinton/Bellepoint. Put in at one of the NPS accesses off of the Sandstone Falls Road makes the most sense to me as well as taking out at the Stone Cliff access above Thurmond. Plan on taking all your drinking and cooking water. None of the campgrounds/sites have water. Keep an eye on the gauges. Plan on portaging Brooks and Sandstone Falls. Where you can take out for the Sandstone portage depends upon the water level. Look for nesting eagles on the island between Brooks and Sandstone. Request from the NPS website an upper new river paddling guide. About 4 miles below Meadow creek access you'll see bridge pillars. A straight forward rapid below, then glade creek access followed by a large pool. At the end of the pool is grassy shoals. As a newbie to ww and with a loaded boat you are going to want to stay far right and sneak that rapid. Much Further down you'll encounter Slide and Silos (sneak left). Good luck, if you need more specifics or want some company call me. 304 575-9449 Tony

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