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North Carolina whitewater, Ararat River

Surry county, Route 1772 to Route 2080 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     21.5 miles
  This section of Ararat River in Surry County is 21.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-II section. The natural beauty of Surry County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats anything. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so why not pack your camp stove too. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad you came. Whether you're whitewater
    rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of places for that. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in North Carolina is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that lots of rivers in
this state are good for beginners. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. If you're coming from Mount Airy it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The campgrounds here at Ararat River are pretty good.

Briefly
 
about the general area:
Going for a hike on the Run Trail is always a good adventure; places like Pilot Mountain State Park are nice to stop by. Here at Ararat River you'll almost certainly meet some folks from Ararat. Ararat River sees pretty high levels of rainfall. Of all the months in a year May is the one with the most rain, and January on the other hand is the driest. Summer at Ararat River arrives with high temperatures in the 80's. When the night sets in temperatures dip down into the 50's. The cold days of the wintertime come with highs in the 40's while Ararat River night low temperatures all through the winter are in the 20's.

Ararat River, Route 1772 to Route 2080 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Ararat River.
 Whitewater Near Ararat River:
Ararat River, Surry County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 21.5 miles long (Route 1772 to Route 2080)
Fisher River, Surry County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 20 miles long (US Route 601 Bridge to Rockford)
Yadkin River, Yadkin County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 35 miles long (US Route 21 to North Carolina Route 67)
Dan River, Patrick / Stokes (NC) County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Claudville to Jessup Mill)
Dan River, Patrick / Stokes County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III - 12.5 miles long (Route 773 to Route 1432)
Dan River, Stokes County, 15 miles away
      Class I-III - 15.5 miles long (Route 1432 to Route 89)
Big Creek, Stokes County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 3.5 miles long (Forrest Road to Lynchburg Road)
Dan River, Patrick County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 11.5 miles long (Pinnacles Power Plant to Claudville)
Big Reed Island Creek, Carroll County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - 12.5 miles long (Route 58 to US Route 221)
Mitchell River, Surry County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.5 miles long (Route 1315 Bridge to Route 268 Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Ararat River:
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 77 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 78 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 89 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 91 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 92 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
 Hotels Near Ararat River:
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Pilot Mountain, Pilot Mountain , 5 miles away
Comfort Inn Mount Airy, Mount Airy , 6 miles away
Quality Inn Mount Airy, Mount Airy , 7 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MOUNT AIRY, Mount Airy , 7 miles away
Hampton Inn Mt Airy, Mount Airy , 7 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Ararat River:
Homeplace Recreational Park, Ararat, 2 miles away
Pioneer Village Family Campground, Pinnacle, 6 miles away
Pilot Mountain State Park, Pinnacle, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Ararat River:
Run Trail, Patrick , 14 miles away
Moores Knob Trail, Stokes , 20 miles away
Cooks Wall Trail, Stokes , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Ararat River:
Pilot Mountain State Park, North Carolina , 6 miles away
Hanging Rock State Park, North Carolina , 22 miles away
Stone Mountain State Park, North Carolina , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Ararat River:
Beaver Creek Golf Course, Dobson , 5 miles away
Pilot Knob Park Country Club, Pilot Mountain , 6 miles away
Mt Airy Country Club, Mount Airy , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Ararat River
Big Dan Lake, Stokes , 15 miles away

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