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Cliffs on Piney Creek in Raleigh County near Beckley, WV

Several streams in West Virginia have been named Piney Creek. Two of those mapped include:

Falls on Piney at Beckley Mill in Raleigh County

Piney Creek, Raleigh County

Piney Creek, in Raleigh County, is a tributary of the New River, and joins the latter stream in the New River Gorge at McCreeery, WV. Like the New, the Piney flows through a steep-walled gorge. It is also a noteworthy kayaking stream with several Class III-V+ rapids, though too narrow to accommodate whitewater rafts such as those employed on the larger New River. The creek was sometimes mapped as "Clifty Creek" as a result of its many cliff lines, formed largely of Raleigh Sandstone near the upper rim of the gorge and the Quinnimont Sandstone near the bottom along the creek. It also appears on early maps as Piney River.

McCreery brothers flank photo of mouth of Piney, c. 1905

The ruins of several ghost towns may be observed along the creek -- remnants of mining operations opened in 1900 when the Piney River & Paint Creek Railroad was built upstream of the New River to Raleigh Station. The stream takes its name from a forest of White Pine that once shaded much of its 135-square-mile drainage basin. The West Virginia Geological Survey (WVGS) of 1913 notes that the Piney Creek rises on Indian Grave Mountain, a summit at the junction of Flat Top Mountain and Guyandotte Mountain, at 3,325 feet above sea level. It empties into the New River at McCreery, WV, at 1,200 feet above sea level, dropping 2,125 feet over its 32.4 mile course, descending 65.6 feet per mile. Principal tributaries of the Piney Creek, from its source, include Keaton Branch, Lawyer Creek, Bowyer Creek, Take-In Creek, Soak Creek, Crab Orchard Creek, Whitestick Creek, Beaver Creek, Little Whitestick Creek, Fat Creek, and Batoff Creek (See also: Batoff Mountain).

Many upscale residential developments have been built along the rim of the gorge to the east and northeast of Beckley, WV, taking advantage of the panorama of forest canyon more than 1,000 feet deep.

Map: [http://www.wvamaps.com/maps/index.php?lat=37.84978134600696&lon=-81.09249114990234&place=-81.09249114990234,%2037.84978134600696&pop=0&state=n/a&county=Unknown&scale=4 Mouth] of Piney Creek of New River in Raleigh County

Piney Creek, Greenbrier County

Piney Creek, in western Greenbrier County, is a tributary of Burdette Creek, a tributary of the Meadow River. The Piney Creek may take its name from groves of White Pine or of Eastern Hemlock that are indigenous to the local highlands here and in nearby Nicholas County. The creek is approximately two miles long.